Good Fruit Starts With Good Roots.
Jesus taught it. Nature proves it. Good trees produce good fruit. Unfortunately, discipleship has turned into trying to produce good decisions, behaviors, and relationships without examining the health of the roots. Your identity – where you seek worth and significance – feeds the root of who you are.
In the pursuit of trying to produce good fruit in your life, Jesus becomes just another person you need to make happy. This mindset leads to an exhausted and frustrated spirituality.
Instead, discipleship should be developing awareness of who you already are in Christ.
Following Jesus is not about doing more and complaining less.
Tree of Lies equips you to experience transformation in your decisions, behaviors, and relationships by:
• Developing awareness of areas where you are pursuing wholeness apart from God.
• Identifying the triggers and the lies that cause you shame.
• Creating a new mindset focused on the truth of who God is and who you are.
• Helping you get off the ‘trying harder’ cycle.
• Reducing busyness and anxiety.
• Identifying sources of conflict.
• Energizing and deepening your relationship with Christ.
• Beginning to live the purpose for which you were uniquely designed
Author Scott Perkins shares his painful story of burnout that resulted while serving as a pastor. Because he overvalued relationships to sustain his sense of worth, Scott abandoned his ministry and almost destroyed his marriage.
His pattern is not unique to church leaders, and is prevalent among followers of Jesus. Working to sustain a sense of self apart from God is a discipleship epidemic.
Open up Tree of Lies and take the first step toward understanding your true identity in Christ.
|Publisher:||Perkins Communications, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Table of ContentsContents
Foreword by Kary Oberbrunner
Introduction Not So Good Friday
Part 1: The Lies
Chapter 1 Burning Out: What was the problem?
Chapter 2 The Tree of Life: What is identity?
Part 2: The Root
Chapter 3 The Root of the Problem: Where do feelings of worthlessness come from?
Chapter 4 The Cover Up: How does the false self work?
Chapter 5 Core Lies: What is the story you tell yourself?
Part 3: The Truth
Chapter 6 God's Surprising Response to Brokenness: Who is the God you are following?
Chapter 7 The Desert Life: Who does God say you are?
Chapter 8 Planting a New Root: What does it mean to deny yourself?
Chapter 9 The Mystery of Faith: What is your cross?
Chapter 10 Following Jesus: How do you develop a good root?
Part 4: The Fruit
Chapter 11 Not Meant to Be Alone: How do you love others well?
Chapter 12 Living Your Mission: What is your purpose?
Chapter 13 Working It Out: How do you respond to failure?
Appendix A Discovering Your Root
Appendix B Developing an Identity Statement in Christ
Appendix C 31 Days of Identity Devotions
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Just finished reading Tree of Lies and am impressed with how Scott put his own struggles and his path back to God on display to help us see the “lies” that most of us live by or tell ourselves as we walk through life. There are many great exercises and/or readings that will help you find the problem(s) in your roots so you too might be able to find your identity in Christ. I would highly recommend this as a resourceful tool for anyone seeking comfort and understanding with their selves and the Lord.
How many times have you read self-help books and felt most of it was a quick fix? It seems as if most books are band-aids that cover up wounds which never heal. Well this book truly is a breath of fresh air. It doesn’t talk about things you’re doing wrong, and what habits you need to correct to be on the ‘right path.’ Rather it digs deep into the root cause of the problem. Scott has done an incredible job of providing us with intimate details about his personal life. He goes on to mention his own struggles and weaknesses. Through his struggles, you’re left with a sense of someone truly trying help. You don’t feel condemned about what’s not right in your life, rather you feel free to express what’s really going on. His transparency allows you to confront your own struggles, while still allowing you to make mistakes along the way. While reading, you’ll find yourself wanting to remove the mask you’ve been wearing for years and let people see the real you. You will want to feel accepted and loved for who you are rather than the mask you continue to hide behind. Regardless, without firs t working through the root of your own struggles, you won’t be able to ever make any lasting changes. I feel this book is a guide. Once you start reading you’ll be able to first identify what’s really bothering you and work your way to a healthier life. This book is a must read. You feel drawn to the author, because he comes across as a friend speaking to another friend. Anyone who is contemplating which self-help book to read should prioritize this book. You won’t be disappointed.
Although I am not completely finished with Tree of Lies, I highly recommend this book to any who might wonder why they don't have true peace in their Christian walk. Perkins has the ability to uncover the deep motivations of the heart. This enables the reader to dig deep, uncover the lie which can at times be so subtle, flowing out of our cultural context in a way that makes them appear right/good. My book is highlighted with phrases that if bitten off, chewed on and digested could be life changing --- thus my not wanting to rush through it quickly. If you are hoping to uncover the masks that we all wear, desiring to stop hiding, and seeking to live an authentic life, this book will be significant in your journey towards that freedom.