Part Two of a Review of Matthew West’s soon-to-be released book, “Hello My Name Is” by Matthew West.
Reviewed by Becky Holland
Section Two: The Biggest Lies (Tearing Off the False Nametags That Cover Up Your True Identity) As mentioned in the previous review of Part 1, Matthew West took his pen and paper and shared a very vital journey of seeking to find out who we are. How do we do that? Find out whose we are. In each of the chapters of section 2, West dives home through using some personal illustrations, and making his writings – sharing of the Scriptures – conversation style – to awaken the readers to getting rid of nametags that the world puts on us or we allow to be put on us. He begins by saying, “This is the true perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections.” (St. Augustine). Who wants to look at their flaws? Not me, Yet, West, takes each “nametag” from insecure to dishonesty to not being real, and offers ways to pulls those off. But – he doesn’t do it like most self-help books do. No, he sheds the light, and allows the right to come to his or her own solutions.
Section Three: THE FUTURE YOU Living Your Life as a Child of the One True King:
In the final section of his book, West has peeled apart the false identities that we have set on ourselves or let the world set on us, and shows us exactly what and how God sees us. He also leads us in his writing to come to our solutions by presenting some valid questions. “Standing between who you are now and who God is calling you to be is the same question God asked Jacob: “What’s your name?” He’s asking you, “Are you willing to take an honest, even uncomfortable, look in the mirror and acknowledge who you believe you are?” Are you? Am I? West brings out an important quote. That really stuck with me. “Pastor Jim Cymbala wrote in his book Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire, “The first step in any spiritual awakening is demolition. We cannot make headway in seeking God without first tearing down the accumulated junk in our souls.””
Got you thinking huh? Did me. In Chapter 14, West starts off with a Dwight L. Moody quote. “Moses spent forty years in the king’s palace thinking that he was somebody; then he lived forty years in the wilderness finding out that without God he was a nobody; finally he spent forty more years discovering how a nobody with God can be a somebody.”
Mmm. And the book continues on. I got the PDFs of the book to proof. I will buy the hardcopy. I have shared the PDFs with a friend, a local church pastor, my dad (who has been the preacher in my life for 47 years), and six family members.
It is that good a read. Go get it.