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Excerpt - Me Myself & I AM Created by Matthew Peters in partnership with Elisa Stanford

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Me Myself & I AM



Multnomah Books (October 7, 2008)



Created by Matthew Peters in partnership with Elisa Stanford



It’s All About You.

Open this book to any page and take a new look at you, where you’ve been on your spiritual journey, and where you’re going. Out loud, in private, in order, or backwards all the way, this book of questions will have you laughing, praying, thinking, and maybe asking a question or two yourself. It’s a creative and revealing way to get to know God–and you–better than ever. So go ahead. Grab a pen. And get ready to get real.


Product Details:



List Price: $ 13.99

Hardcover: 96 pages

Publisher: Multnomah Books (October 7, 2008)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 1601421427

ISBN-13: 978-1601421425



AND NOW...THE FIRST CHAPTER:

You are holding in your hands a unique question and answer book that helps you tell the very personal story of you and God. We take the title from the well-known passage in the Old Testament in which God tells Moses God’s name: “God said to Moses, ‘I AM WHO

I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” (Exodus 3:14).



You can use Me, Myself, & I AM in many ways: as a map to explore your faith, as a lens to focus on your relationship with Jesus, as a fun way to let others get to know you, or as a starting point for important conversations with family and friends. What you record becomes a spiritual time capsule you can revisit months or years from now to see how you used to think and feel, who you used to be.





Be sure to answer questions not with what you feel you should say but with what you really (like it or not) think. After all, you’re writing down the story of your life. You’ll find that some questions are fun, some are serious, and some that appear to be light turn out to be the most thought provoking of all. Answer as many questions as you can, but if a question doesn’t feel right for you, skip it and move on. If you run out of space for an answer, you might want to use the blank pages in the back of the book to continue writing.



So relax, take your time, and enjoy the experience of getting to know yourself and God in new and deeper ways.



—Matthew Peters and Elisa Stanford









R E A L M E R I G H T N OW



My name: ____________________________________ Today’s date: _____________



The city I live in: ________________________________________________________



The city I consider to be home: _____________________________________________



My occupation: _________________________________________________________



My health: _____________________________________________________________



When and where I am writing this: __________________________________________



The weather is: _________________________________________________________



Sounds I hear right now: __________________________________________________



The one thing I’m most thankful for right now: ________________________________



The one thing I’m most concerned about right now: _____________________________



I picked up Me, Myself, & I AM because: _____________________________________



My biggest hope is that when I’m done I’ll: ____________________________________







T H E P E R S O N WRITING…



Looks: ________________________________________________________________



Is wearing: _____________________________________________________________



Drives a: ______________________________________________________________



Has a secret: ____________________________________________________________



Shares a residence with: ___________________________________________________



Is currently reading: ______________________________________________________



Tends to watch TV shows like: _____________________________________________



Usually goes to bed at: ____________________________________________________



Usually gets up at: _______________________________________________________



Gets most annoyed at: ____________________________________________________



Gets happiest when: ______________________________________________________



Talks the most to: _______________________________________________________



Is never without: ________________________________________________________



Likes to listen to: ________________________________________________________



Prefers to eat: ___________________________________________________________



Dreams about: __________________________________________________________



Complains about: _______________________________________________________



Could easily be captured by: _______________________________________________



Has great potential to: ____________________________________________________



Is most dangerous when: __________________________________________________







A DAY I N MY L I F E



My perfect day would look like this…



Morning: ______________________________________________________________



Midday: _______________________________________________________________



Afternoon: _____________________________________________________________



Evening: _______________________________________________________________



Night: ________________________________________________________________







A DAY I N MY L I F E



Today my top three priorities are:



1. ____________________________________________________________________



2. ____________________________________________________________________



3. ____________________________________________________________________



Three words or phrases that describe me:



1. ____________________________________________________________________



2. ____________________________________________________________________



3. ____________________________________________________________________



Three words or phrases others would use to describe me:



1. ____________________________________________________________________



2. ____________________________________________________________________



3. ____________________________________________________________________



I like myself most when: __________________________________________________







A DAY I N MY L I F E



I like myself least when:



A new invention allows me to change one thing about myself. I decide to change:



That change makes the following difference in my life:







A DAY I N MY L I F E



One place I go to find peace: _______________________________________________



One activity that makes me happy: __________________________________________



One circumstance or person that consistently makes me so angry I might explode:



One train of thought that brings me serenity in the midst of stress:



Challenges I am currently experiencing that I have some control over:



Challenges I am currently experiencing that I cannot control:







SOUNDT R ACKS



If my life today were a movie, these song lyrics would be in the soundtrack:



[ ] “Have I told you lately that I love you?”



[ ] “I need thee every hour.”



[ ] “There’s bubblegum in the baby’s hair.”



[ ] “It is well with my soul.”



[ ] “On the road again…”



[ ] “Another day older and deeper in debt…”



[ ] “I feel good!”



[ ] “If I could turn back time…”



[ ] “I’m raining on the inside.”



[ ] “Loneliness is a place that I know well.”



[ ] “Joy to the world!”



[ ] “Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen.”



[ ] “Sunrise, sunset…”



[ ] “Praise God from whom all blessings flow.”



[ ] “Send in the clowns.”



[ ] “Take a sad song and make it better.”



[ ] “Thank you, Jesus.”



[ ] “Working nine to five, what a way to make a living!”



[ ] “I wanna hold your hand.”



[ ] “Whatever will be, will be.”



[ ] “Surely the presence of the Lord is in this place.”



[ ] Other: _________________________________







F E A R F U L



My biggest fear about my family today: _______________________________________



My biggest fear about the world today: _______________________________________



My biggest fear about my spiritual life today: ___________________________________



Something I fear that others might think is silly: ________________________________



On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being a lot, fear influences my life: ___________________








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