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You Are What You Do

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I did not read past the acknowledgement section as I am not interested in reading religious self help titles, however I missed the chance to click "I am not giving feedback on this title" earlier. However, thank you for approving my request, and all the best in the promotion of this book.
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Interesting book but I think you'd have to be an American to get it from the perspective he wanted. 
Maybe I am just living the sheltered life, but where I am from the gig economy is not that present and so not doing any damage yet or at least not in the way showed in this book. 
I also couldn't stop but think about so many people, parents even, who do not have studies or some specialty and need these "gigs",a very catchy modern word for what our ancestors would do to provide, the typical jack of all trades. 
I could see the good intentions but the message could easily be misinterpreted.
Not a bad book, anyway, and it is a good conversation starter.
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Daniel Im had it all, and then it came crashing down. Im was asked to be a pastor in a church of 50,000 people in South Korea, moved his family there from Canada, and was loving his job. Before long, he was asked to leave. He came back to Canada with broken dreams and an empty heart. This sounds much like what has happened to many of us. We get a new job and it’s everything we’ve ever dreamed of, but often it doesn’t live up to our expectations and sometimes we fail. It can be soul-crushing, but should it be? Should it feel so life-defining? Are our jobs the central defining characteristic of our lives?
Too often, they are. As a matter of fact it’s the first thing we ask about someone after we know their name. Im uses the example of the “gig economy” to illustrate this. Instead of having one career like former generations, Millennials have, in great numbers, embraced “gigs”: short term, private contracts that allow freedom and flexibility in commitments and time frames. If you file a 1098 on your taxes. You’re part of the gig economy. I, for example, am part of the gig economy due to my online ESL teaching with VIPKid and my writing on Medium. But even without an exclusive connection to more conventional brick-and-mortar jobs, Millenials and others are still defining themselves by what they do, specifically by their productivity. We make use of “free time” to be more productive, which isn’t by itself a bad thing, but it can begin to define one’s life in terms of how much you can produce for yourself, your family, etc. Im uses the example of spending all your “free time” making money so that you have money to spend with friends sometime in the indeterminate future. But what if that future never comes? What if you keep working and “being more productive”, but the end result is that you just become a cog in the economy?
You are NOT what you do, and Im makes that clear. He explains this from a Christian perspective, making clear that your identity lies in your relationship to the God of the Universe. So why do we rely on so many other things to define us?
There are more lies that Im takes head-on, such as “You are who you know”, “You are who you raise”, “You are what you own”, and “You are what you experience”. Along the way, he uses examples from pop culture, personal stories, and trends, but he ends each chapter with a reflection of what the Bible says about each of the lies. This foundation really rounds out each chapter. While I got lost in the anecdotes from time to time, each chapter refocuses on the main point. This short-ish book will break down our culture’s lies and focus you on what really matters. I recommend it to anyone struggling with identity, work, family, or friendships. It could be a great help.
I received an eARC of You Are What You Do courtesy of B&H Books and NetGalley, but my opinions are my own.
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This book was a very typical self-help/development book, that had all the hallmarks of books that have come before it.  There were no new revelations, no new ideas, and in fact I found the theory and thinking behind the "'you are what you do,  what you experience, who you know, what you know, what you own, who you raise and you are your past' to be a little insipid. I anticipated this book would have explore more of the value behind the effort in what you do in your life, valuing work ethic, energy, and not just be a "hey, this is how you identify what you do".  More theoretical connection and challenging of existing self-help theory could have balanced this out.
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This book goes through a number of false stories that have permeated our current culture and this book is great. Some of the chapters were particularly eye opening.
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Earc from netgalley.

Interesting book, there was not really anything that stuck out to me, though.
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You are what you do by Daniel Im is a book that considers 7 lies and then helps the reader to recognize them so that they can discover the truth. 
The description of this book says:
 The way that we’ve done things for centuries has been unsettled and unseated. We’re living in a new normal. And while on the surface many of these changes look like the next best thing, there’s actually a complex and fragile web of lies holding it all together:
You are what you do
You are what you experience
You are who you know
You are what you know
You are what you own
You are who you raise
You are your past”
 I found this book very informative and easy to read. This book helped me to reflect on my own life and see where I had let these lies in and then helped me to see truth. I recommend this book.
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