Jo Saxton (WaterBrook)
Author Jo Saxton, a Nigerian immigrant, tells a powerful story of the struggles she faced with identity misconceptions. She leads readers to the truth—by accepting Christ’s invitation, a person finds true identity and one’s voice.
Page after page, Saxton expresses the importance of understanding your true identity. She does an excellent job drawing readers into her life as she presents intriguing personal stories. Interweaving biblical stories throughout the pages, readers are pointed to the biblical truth—our identity lies in Christ.
Saxton tells her story of the oppressive yoke of trying to be Wonder Woman and talks about how her past experiences named her. Her encouraging words and helpful tips remind readers: God sees you as you really are; he sees your story and hears your voice; and you can discover the song in your heart. Her words sum up the book’s theme: “When we trade our identity for a perfectionistic alternative, even when it’s for a survival, it comes at a heavy cost. We lose our true selves, and we lose our voices.”
The Dream Of You is a timeless piece of art, but it particularly is needed now as young people today struggle with their identity. The story needs to be told over and over: Through Christ, we are redeemed and can reclaim our true voice. We have a new identity in Christ.
Bobbie Bomar Brown
San Tan Valley, Ariz.