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The Search For Significance [Paperback]

Robert Mcgee
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Book Description

July 17 2003

Robert McGee's best-selling book has helped millions of readers learn how to be free to enjoy Christ's love while no longer basing their self-worth on their accomplishments or the opinions of others. In fact, Billy Graham said that it was a book that "should be read by every Christian."

In this re-launch of this timeless classic you will:

  • Gain new skills for getting off the performance treadmill
  • Discover how four false beliefs have negatively impacted your life
  • Learn how to overcome obstacles that prevent you from experiencing the truth that your self-worth is found only in the love, acceptance, and forgiveness of Christ

Discover what two million readers have already discovered: that true significance is found only in Christ.

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"The Search for Significance should be read by every Christian."
Billy Graham

"Outside of God's work, I don't know of a book that God has used more in the lives of His children that The Search for Significance. This new revised version has new insights and information that make a great even greater."
Curt Dodd

Over and over we have witnessed lives being dramatically impacted by the biblical truths contained within The Search for Significance. It is a powerful discipleship tool that every Christian should experience.
Rujon Morrison

"As a former Rapha program director, I saw God use this book to transform hundreds of people. The revised edition is remarkable improvement on a classic book."
Matthew Burnhill

"I agree with Billy Graham, 'This book should be read by every Christian.'"
Discipleship Journal

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

ROBERT McGEE is a professional counselor and lecturer who has helped many to experience the love and acceptance of Jesus Christ. McGee is also the founder of Rapha, a nationally recognized health care organization that provides in-hospital and outpatient care with a Christ-centered perspective for adults and adolescents suffering with psychiatric and substance abuse problems. He is currently the President of Search Resources.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Life Changing Book Aug. 2 2001
By Tim Orr
Several years ago when I first read this book it truly change my life. It taught me that I could experience freedom in Christ. This book lays out the four basic lies that the enemy tries to get us to believe.
(1) Performane trap - I must meet certain standards in order to feel good about myself.
(2) Approval Addict - I must be approved by certain others to feel good about myself.
(3) Blame game - Those who fail are unworthy to be loved and deserve to be punished.
(4) Shame- I am what I am. I cannot change. I am hopeless.
Dr. McGee not only gives us the four basic lies, but he also lays out for the believer how one is to combat those lies.
It you want to find true liberty in Christ, this book is definitely for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IT HELPS YOU SORT YOURSELF OUT!!!, June 29 2006
This is my first book by Robert S McGee and it would not be my last.

In the Search for Significance Mr. McGee deals with emotional struggles which we go through from time to time and gives us a coping mechanism for handling these burdensome problems. As a result of trusting God we see the many wonderful things that can happen. The writer expounds on Self worth,

Performance, Others opinions of us, and False beliefs of ourselves which we just allow to live within us. He introduces us also to

The Performance Trap

The Approval Addict

The Blame Game and


All of these are answered through God's truth in the Bible and brings us back to healthy living along with repentance and obedience. It shows how much God cares for us and how totally he accepts us. We have not only been forgiven of our sins but we have received God's righteousness and made heirs with him.

There are a lot of people out there who would not know they need this type of book until they start to read the back cover. Trust me,it is for you as well.

Rewiewed by Heather Marshall Negahdar (SUGAR-CANE 12/10/04)
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4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing book Aug. 14 2003
This was a very intriguing book. In it McGee states that the hear of most human problems is that we have forsaken the truth of God and have believed the lie of Satan. Satan's lie is this: Self worth = Performance + Other's Opinion. People experience four basic problems as a result of believing this lie: the performance trap, the approval addict, the blame game and shame. The author looks at the consequences of each behavior and gives God's answer. His underlying assumption is that biblical truth meets the most basic issue of our live- our goals, motives and sense of worth.
This book has a strong biblical foundation in that the author finds the solution to man's problems in the Word of God. I especially appreciate that he addresses the time element involved counseling. Problems develop over years and solutions to them may take years. His advice to pastors is to be patient when counseling those who are hurting- healing takes time. The essence of healing is to discover the false beliefs and assumptions that Satan has deceived us with and replace them with God's truth. In this he is very similar to Larry Crabb in that truth is the ultimate cure for wrong thinking. Wrong thinking is the cause of bad emotions. Chapter three, however, is pretty basic stuff. It is hoped that we do not have to go through the plan of salvation. Despite the slow start, the book improved towards the end.
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This book is actually a study in important biblical and theological truths. Rather than starting with the timeless truths however, McGee begins with the problems we experience because of our lack of those truths. He then works his way back to the theological principles that will set us free from the ills we face.
For example, he describes how many of us believe we must meet certain high standards in order to feel we are of worth. God's truth is that we have been made faultless in Christ, that we have been justified. In other words, in God's eyes we have met the perfect standard through our relationship with Jesus.
Another point McGee makes is that many of us feel shame, believing we are nothing but hopeless cases unable to change. God's truth is that we have been regenerated as new individuals. In other words, if anyone is in Christ the old passed away, and the new just keeps on coming!
After reading this book, I have an even greater appreciation for the new life I have as a believer. McGee presents a volume that sheds much light on who Christians are because of their relationship with Jesus. I recommend this title highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well-done book that helps with spiritual change. Nov. 17 2001
"The Search For Significance" is a book that I had wanted to read for some time. A couple of friends had recommended it to me, including one in a small group I attended who said it helped him with relational issues. Therefore, I was glad to see "Search For Significance" on the reading list for one of my seminary courses. When I finished it, I was not disappointed. I found it to be very well done and a solid aid to my walk with God in the area of proper self-concept.
As with "Victory Over The Darkness", I was really encouraged by the heavy Scriptural emphasis in "Search For Significance." This was especially important, given the author's theme concerning how our self-concept should be based on God's view of us. Such an assertion required the proper usage of key Biblical passages, and McGee took care to do just that. Indeed, the author actually stated his awareness that the Word of God is our final authority on our identity in Christ, regardless of the negative messages from the world, Satan, and even from within us.
The book's overall organization was also an important feature of "Search For Significance." McGee created a solid, simple outline that formed the foundation for the book. First, he lists the "Four False Beliefs" - Performance, Approval, Blame, and Shame - that cover the major negative self-concept pitfalls which people tend to embrace. He then goes on to identify "God's Answer" to each false belief - Justification, Reconciliation, Propitiation, and Regeneration - and provides the Scriptural basis for these answers. The outline is especially helpful because it provides a concise, at-a-glance reminder of the book's overall theme that makes it easier to comprehend and apply his teachings.
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