Who were you before you started to listen to everyone else?
What dreams did you have before the world talked you out of them?
Who did you become to negotiate your way through the world?
These are the piercing questions trainer, speaker and author Jo Saxton explores in The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For.
Jo weaves her own story with those of biblical figures who were confronted with challenges to their God-given identity. Each chapter brings depth to the biblical accounts, and pointed questions designed to push the reader to examine how she has changed her life to adapt to the world around her rather than pursue her true God-given identity.
Fortunately, Jo doesn’t leave us in this state of self-examination. Rather, she offers a way forward in community that ultimately, with a lot of work and prayer, brings us back to the women we once were.
I appreciated not only Jo’s vulnerability in sharing her story, but also the depth with which she presented the stories of the men and women of the Bible. Too often in Christian publishing these days, the stories are given surface-level treatment to back up previously drawn conclusions. I had the distinct impression throughout her book that Jo allowed the Scriptures to guide her.
Some passages will resonate with some people. Others will not.
But you will not walk away from this book without thinking about who you once were, what you once dreamed and how you went off course.
And you can’t walk away from this book without knowing that God sees you and is ready to set you back on the path to reclaim those dreams.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of The Dream of You in exchange for my unbiased review.