In John 8:36, Jesus says, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” We all long for freedom and yet so often the pain and guilt and shame of our past imprisons us and gets in the way of truly experiencing the kind of freedom and the kind of abundant, joyful life that Jesus offers to each one of us. I have worked with teenagers through the ministry of Young Life for the past thirty-five years. I can honestly say that the number one issue facing young people is this lack of identity, a lack of knowing who they truly are as individuals created in the image of God with the capacity to know Him personally.
To watch young people discover the truth of their identity, is to see them set free and to see them discover, for the first time, their God-given purpose and destiny. And it isn’t just young people. People of all ages in our world today are struggling to find peace and so often the root issue is simply this - not knowing who they truly are and whose they are. In this e-book, Green Embraces: Identity Reclaimed, Tamara J. Buchan and Lindsey D. Osborne have offered a concise, succinct, powerful window into what it means for us to deny the lies of our past and to embrace the truth of who we really are in Christ. The words presented here, help us to discover that we are truly loved, that our story is part of a greater divine story, that we are forgiven and truly accepted and that we have a true place of belonging. If embraced, these words have the power to bring true freedom, the kind of freedom that can only come when we see ourselves the way that God sees us, a beloved child of the King!
Author Bio: Tamara J Buchan, founder of Reclaim Ministries, ordained Evangelical Covenant pastor, author and speaker, holds a Master of Divinity from Denver Seminary. However, these worldly credentials do not fulfill or thrill her nearly as much as her identity as a beloved child and royal heir to her Heavenly Father. Tamara is passionate about her husband and family, as well as her two puppies! Tamara and Bill reside in Sonoma County, California. To find out more about how you can invest in your identity and future, check out Tamara on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TamaraJBuchan. To register for the life changing "Come Away Reclaim the True You Identity" Retreats in Sonoma County, visit http://www.ReclaimIdentity.org
Author Bio: Lindsey D. Osborne
Lindsey D. Osborne is a freelance writer with a Masters of Divinity from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. She works as a Regional Trainer for Young Life and as a coach at a Crossfit affiliate. She and her husband and their three children live in Kansas City with family, grace, and adventure as hallmarks of their days and ways.
Book Cover: Produced in InDesign CMYK. Output - printer files with 1/4 in trims
Book Size 5.5X8.5
Keywords: Adoption, change, accepted, family, community, orphan, relationship, plant, garden, pull weeds, freedom, prosperity, safety, grow, shame, fear, hopelessness, reclaim, true identity,
Title: Green Embraces: A Journey into Identity
Author's Names: Tamara J. Buchan and Lindsey D. Osborne
Banner: Foreword by Pam Moore - National Director of Training, Young Life
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Back Cover Body Text
A strong handshake, a tender hug, a long embrace...being held feels good. As human beings built for connection, embraces carry power when they come from someone who knows us fully and loves us anyways.
The embrace of God’s powerfully loving arms began in a green garden long ago. The original design was a clean, lively, and green creation to host and hold people as they were meant to be. To lived loved was the original design. We’ve wandered and gotten lost, lived for less, and walked a winding road. However, the fresh, pure, living embrace of God who knows us as Beloved Child, is available to each of us, right now. It’s up to us to reclaim what was ours all along.
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Green grass, dandelions, seeds, orphans-rags theme to embracing adoption, family, belonging, walk in garden reflecting, plant something, go green
EXCERPTS: From A Few Chapters for Ideas
Chapter 1: An Official Change
Look back: What memories of growing up in family do you have? Are they mostly happy? Sad? Painful? Chaotic? Peaceful? Boring? Split between a “before” and “after” event? Growing up, what was different about friends’ families from your own? Take inventory: What are the blessings of being a child? What are the struggles and frustrations kids feel? Dream forward: Do you have a family now? Do you want one? As a parent, what ideals, principles, values, and descriptions do you want to have in your own family?
Chapter 2: Rags, Bags and Dads
This week, as you hold a rag, washing your body in the shower, sponging off your car, or wiping down a countertop, think about what you carry. Remember the story of the adopted orphan girl and the reflection questions you answered. Begin to let go of a ragged experience- naming it as you wring out your rags this week.
Chapter 3: Back to the Beginning of the Story (Adam & Eve)
Depend on someone else this week. If you’re headed somewhere you usually go alone, invent a carpool opportunity and let them give the ride. If you usually refuse offers of help, listen closely for one this week and accept it. Pay attention to the emotions, thoughts, and feelings you have when someone else is freely and deliberately helping you.
Chapter 4: God’s Vision for Us in Relationship
Go Green! Plant something, tend something. Depending on the season and your living situation, find something alive to take care of. Think of God’s garden and create or care for one of your own. Plant a seed. Pull a weed. Buy a house plant, water for a neighbor, grow a garden. Let the attention you spend tending remind you of Eden’s opportunities of life, prosperity, freedom, and safety.