Today is launch day for Hosanna Wong's new book You Are More Than You've Been Told! I received an early copy to review.
Hosanna is known for her spoken word poetry and the book is based on a popular video of her spoken word poem called "I Have A New Name."
You can watch the video here:
The video is clearly about the power of identity that comes from the gospel. Hosanna passionately shows the new names that God calls us and where they come from.
Throughout the book Hosanna shares on specific parts of our identity that we receive from God. In the beginning, it felt like a lot of this wasn't new information to me but I think that is a good thing. A lot of the first section is reminders of who we are as children of God and how we can receive that identity. Even if you're familiar with what God has to say about you and feel like you're walking in that identity, it's an appreciated reminder.
I always say I need to be reminded of the good news of the gospel daily and this book does that.
Later in the book, Hosanna walks through different rhythms to practice to fully experience the identity God has given you. These rhythms include scripture, prayer, rest and community.
My favorite part of the book is actually the practical resources it provides. Each chapter ends with a section to "process your thoughts" and with "practical tools." As I mentioned before, some of the information in this book might feel repetitive if you've been in the church for a while. But these sections are invaluable to meet God in your thoughts as you process your ideas for this season and look to the future through the practical tools.
I think this book could provide a great resource for any small group leaders looking for an identity focused conversation. I especially think it would be useful for young adults and teens.