Tree of Lies: Transforming Decisions, Behaviors, and Relationships By Gaining Perspective On Your Identity in Chr by Scott J PerkinsTree of Lies: Transforming Decisions, Behaviors, and Relationships By Gaining Perspective On Your Identity in Chr by Scott J Perkins

Tree of Lies: Transforming Decisions, Behaviors, and Relationships By Gaining Perspective On Your…

byScott J Perkins

Hardcover | June 21, 2016

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Good Fruit Starts With Good Roots.

Jesus taught it. Nature proves it. Good trees produce good fruit. Unfortunately, discipleship has turned into trying to produce good decisions, behaviors, and relationships without examining the health of the roots. Your identity – where you seek worth and significance – feeds the root of who you are.

In the pursuit of trying to produce good fruit in your life, Jesus becomes just another person you need to make happy. This mindset leads to an exhausted and frustrated spirituality.

Instead, discipleship should be developing awareness of who you already are in Christ.
Following Jesus is not about doing more and complaining less.

Tree of Lies equips you to experience transformation in your decisions, behaviors, and relationships by:
•    Developing awareness of areas where you are pursuing wholeness apart from God.
•    Identifying the triggers and the lies that cause you shame.
•    Creating a new mindset focused on the truth of who God is and who you are.
•    Helping you get off the ‘trying harder’ cycle.
•    Reducing busyness and anxiety.
•    Identifying sources of conflict.
•    Energizing and deepening your relationship with Christ.
•    Beginning to live the purpose for which you were uniquely designed

Author Scott Perkins shares his painful story of burnout that resulted while serving as a pastor.  Because he overvalued relationships to sustain his sense of worth, Scott abandoned his ministry and almost destroyed his marriage. 

His pattern is not unique to church leaders, and is prevalent among followers of Jesus. Working to sustain a sense of self apart from God is a discipleship epidemic.

Open up Tree of Lies and take the first step toward understanding your true identity in Christ.

Scott Perkins is a discipleship coach, author and speaker. His passion is to help others understand their identity in Christ and live in that reality. He is thankful that God does not discard His followers when they make a mess. Scott lives outside of Orlando, FL with his wife Missy and daughter Sarah Grace. Connect at PerkinsPerspecti...
Title:Tree of Lies: Transforming Decisions, Behaviors, and Relationships By Gaining Perspective On Your…Format:HardcoverDimensions:218 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.63 inPublished:June 21, 2016Publisher:Perkins Communications, LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1943526400

ISBN - 13:9781943526406


Table of Contents

ContentsForeword by Kary OberbrunnerIntroduction Not So Good FridayPart 1: The LiesChapter 1 Burning Out: What was the problem?Chapter 2 The Tree of Life: What is identity?Part 2: The RootChapter 3 The Root of the Problem: Where do feelings of worthlessness come from?Chapter 4 The Cover Up: How does the false self work?Chapter 5 Core Lies: What is the story you tell yourself?Part 3: The TruthChapter 6 God's Surprising Response to Brokenness: Who is the God you are following?Chapter 7 The Desert Life: Who does God say you are?Chapter 8 Planting a New Root: What does it mean to deny yourself?Chapter 9 The Mystery of Faith: What is your cross?Chapter 10 Following Jesus: How do you develop a good root?Part 4: The FruitChapter 11 Not Meant to Be Alone: How do you love others well?Chapter 12 Living Your Mission: What is your purpose?Chapter 13 Working It Out: How do you respond to failure?Appendix A Discovering Your RootAppendix B Developing an Identity Statement in ChristAppendix C 31 Days of Identity DevotionsSelected BibliographyAcknowledgementsContacting ScottEndnotes

Editorial Reviews

"In Tree of Lies Scott Perkins writes about his own story with raw honesty and resolute hope - and seeks to help others who find themselves in that same place of wrestling. There are countless books on a myriad of topics, but few issues are as significant to write about as identity and faith. The questions Scott addresses are vitally important and his courage to face these issues head-on are admirable. Scott doesn't write from a place of ivory tower theory, but from the perspective of an in-the-trenches practitioner. If you want to address the issue of identity and purpose as it relate to life with Jesus, you'll find this to be a helpful tool for your journey."-J.R. Briggs, Founder, Kairos Partnerships, National Director of the Epic Fail Pastors Conference, Author of Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure "Tree of Lies is an authentic and transparent depiction of true struggles faced in today's church and society. People pleasing, burn-out and discontentment must be addressed to finally break free as believers and learn to live in the freedom that is offered through Our Lord Jesus Christ. This book is a great asset to anyone following Christ or feeling a call into ministry. You have to be real to be healed!"-Mo Mydlo, Speaker and Bible Teacher, Author of Overcoming Anxiety"I want more joy-don't you? The pursuit of joy can take us down a dead-end road when we invest our time and energy in the wrong things. In Tree of Lies, Scott Perkins gets to the root of the problem and sets you on a course to discover joy that lasts."-Jim Akers, Founder of ImpACTful Notes, Author of Tape Breakers"The Tree of Lies brings light to the way we all tend to craft a false identity, instead of looking to God to define us. This book inspires me, especially since Scott doesn't speak from a removed vantage point, but is vulnerable in sharing his own struggle with a faulty sense of identity. You'll be encouraged by the journey he will take you on!"-Beth Steffaniak, Blogger at, Marriage and Family Counselor, Life Coach"Scott has masterfully depicted the challenges and struggles we face on our daily journey through this Powerful Book...A must read!"-Joe Pici, Pici and Pici Inc., Author of Sell Naked