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Title: The Search for Significance
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Publisher: Rapha Pub; 2nd Ed, 13th Printing edition (1993)

The Search for Significance



This book was foundational to understanding my identity in Christ, and breaking free from the bondage of looking to anyone or anything other than Christ for my self-worth.

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Robert McGee's best-selling book has helped millions of readers learn how to be free to enjoy Christ's love while no longer basing their self-worth on their accomplishments or the opinions of others. In fact, Billy Graham said that it was a book that "should be read by Discover what two million readers have already discovered: that true significance is found only in Christ.

book study for girls who want to learn more about who they are in Christ. You will also learn how to test your fear of regection and learn how to overcome the issues you struggle with most often. THis is your chance to change everything by changing the way you think you cna be happy, fulfilled, and feel good about yourself!!

It starts with receiving love. You may – or may not – find significance in the eyes of the world.

A workbook is included in the back of the book. It is designed as a Bible Study and application of principles outlined in the book. Note: The workbook in the back of the book is not the same as the workbook, sold separately, which is a stand-alone study. Robert McGee's best-selling book has helped millions of readers learn how to be free to enjoy Christ's love while no longer basing their self-worth on their accomplishments or the opinions of others. In fact, Billy Graham said that it was a book that "should be read by every Christian. In this re-launch of this timeless classic you will: Gain new skills for getting off the performance treadmill. Discover how four false beliefs have negatively impacted your life.

Nothing like positive input from God.
Reviews: 7
Shaktiktilar
This book was foundational to understanding my identity in Christ, and breaking free from the bondage of looking to anyone or anything other than Christ for my self-worth. His one statement alone regarding the "world's equation of self-worth" = performance + other's opinions (a trap I had lived in for years!) vs. the truth that "our self-worth" = God's Truth about us, was bondage breaking and life altering. He elaborates thoroughly on all those truths that will set you free to base your self-worth on the love, forgiveness and acceptance of Christ! I love how the book also contains self-tests, so you can see where you need mind-renewal to God's truths. This is a DEFINITE 5 star. I highly recommend this book to anyone!
Leceri
When I expressed my enthusiasm over Search for Significance by Robert S. McGee, a friend wondered why such an elementary topic was so important. After all, by this time I should know my value in the Lord. Well, I did and I do. Nevertheless, this book greatly enhanced my understanding and established a new level of freedom.

McGee identifies four specific mindsets that keep people from knowing they are valuable to God, to themselves, and to other people: The Performance Trap deals with feeling a need to meet "certain standards" to experience fulfillment; Approval Addition tells us we need the approval of others "to feel good about" ourselves (a common reason for doing the "right" thing in my childhood home was "What will the neighbors think?"); The Blame Game refers to looking for "fault" and identifying the person or persons deserving punishment (and that someone could be us); Shame overwhelms through making one feel unable to change (which is a form of hopelessness).

McGee deals with the problems in four individual chapters, all made abundantly clear through the use of illustrations or examples. Following or interspersed between them are chapters on God's antidote: for The Performance Trap, justification; for Approval, reconciliation; for the Blame Game, propitiation; and for Shame, regeneration. Put together, they cover God's plan of redemption. After finishing the book I wondered if the organization was a bit forced--after all, we need the fullness of redemption for any one of the problem areas. Yet it was an effective way to break up and maintain interest while looking at abstract theological concepts. My attention did not waver.

Three concluding chapters deal with applying God's Truth. McGee emphasizes the importance of being set free from false beliefs. A chapter on the difference between conviction (revelation of sin that produces true guilt which points to Christ and forgiveness) and condemnation (false guilt that leads to separation from Christ and loss) was priceless. According to McGee, "[God's] conviction of believers is not intended to produce pangs of guilt. Our status and self-worth are secure by the grace of God... Conviction deals with our behavior, not our status before God. Conviction is the Holy Spirit's way of showing the error of our performance in light of God's standard and truth. His motivation is love, protection, and correction."

Each chapter includes an excellent thought-provoking interactive section. In addition, the version of the book I purchased is completed by a rather lengthy workbook to use in conjunction with the text. Although I didn't work through it at the time, I did scan the material and decided it would be a good project down the road, perhaps something to study as part of a small group. One always benefits when reaffirming or strengthening a solid foundation.
Quamar
I'm a retired associate pastor who has used the Search for Significance for over 25 years.

They have been helpful for me, my wife, my family, small groups and support groups, as well as many pastoral care situations.

Being able to apply the God's 4 truths vs Satan's 4 major lies in my opinion is critical to a healthy self worth.

The "big 4" are...

1. Performance...Satan says if I do not perform at a certain level I will not have self worth. God says nothing we ever do will cause Him to love us more or less.

2. Acceptance...Satan says that until we are accepted by certain people we we will not have self worth. God's acceptance and love is unconditional. Remember, many people didn't accept Jesus and He was perfect.

3 Blame...Satan says that if we don't perform or are not accepted someone is to blame. i.e. - Parents, teachers, friends, and others.
Ultimately we blame ourselves for our failures, too.

4. Shame...Satan says we are what we are and cannot change. God says that we can be transformed by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2)

The Search for Significance is not a fast read and takes time, sometimes years to digest and apply.

It's one of my favorite books. It's been in my "hard copy" library for years. I'm glad to be able to add it to my Kindle at a super value price!
Amarin
this book changed my life in college when i first read it. the change didn't happen overnight, but discovering the four lies mcgee discusses and the four truths with which to replace them helped me "correct my course" in my young adulthood. as someone who is entering my 40's now, i can honestly say this is an essential book for anybody at any age, as long as you are ready to receive it and do something about it.

to the critic who says it wasn't practical enough, i think the answer lies in the first couple chapters, where mcgee discusses a standard principle of cognitive therapy: beliefs --> thoughts --> feelings --> actions. the reason why this book isn't "follow these steps/do these things and everything will be fine" is because stuff like that addresses the last part of that stage, the actions. the whole point is changing your belief system, which will lead to changed actions.

as to how to change your beliefs, the first step is realizing what you actually believe and recognizing it needs to be changed, which is what this book does well (if you do the exercises in the workbook--DO THEM!! perhaps that is why the person said there wasn't enough practical, b/c the workbook is pretty practical). going through this book again every 5-10 years also helps (i've led small groups thru this book, which is a good refresher for me). the freedom these truths bring is what i believe christ intended for us to experience everyday!