Check out an interview with the author... You are Loved and Free by Micah Ruth (Interview & #Giveaway) @Celebrate_Lit

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You are Loved & Free:
A Guided Journey to Winning the Battle for Your Identity
By Micah Ruth
Christian Nonfiction
Paperback & ebook, 172 Pages
July 29, 2020 by Redemption Press


How do you gain your sense of worth and significance? Career? Kids? Marriage? Finances? Living in a culture where your achievements define you makes you prey to attacks on your very identity. But God values you regardless of your wins and losses and provides the tools in His Word to help you win the battle and rebuild your identity on His truth as you walk with Him into your purpose.

Born achiever Micah Ruth found herself questioning her value during a career demotion and personal crisis. Feeling like a failure and questioning her every move, Micah began listening to God as He led her to make major life changes and reassess the source of her worth. Through exploring the book of Ephesians, Micah uncovered the lies that held her captive and broke the self-inflicted chains of shame to ultimately experience deep soul transformation.

Micah weaves her story as inspiration for you to embark on your own journey of freedom and discovery. Devotionals, journal questions, and practical application prompts provide opportunities for you to remove your armor of self-reliance, grow in your faith, and reflect on your story. You Are Loved & Free also includes resources to help you discover your gifts and purpose while you cling to your newfound identity as a beloved and free child of God.

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Would you tell us what inspired you to write You are Loved & Free

I needed the message for myself. I knew that I was supposed to build my identity in Christ, but I just did not know how. After a painful demotion experience, where it was so clear that I had built my identity on my work, I knew I had to rebuild it in Christ. So, I prayed for the answer and God gave me a practical and Biblical way to build my identity as Loved and Free in Him.

Did you find anything interesting or surprising as you researched the book?

That Ephesians 1 outlines our identity in Christ, and each piece of armor, expounded on in each chapter is summed up so nicely in Ephesians 6. As the revelation unfolded, I remember being very surprised and driven to tears in amazement of how God has given us the answers so practically. 

How does this book relate to your life?

It is the story of my journey in the world, and how God is using my life to redeem me back to His original design.

What are you hoping readers will take with them after they’ve finished reading it?

The knowledge that they are loved by God, and Free to be who He created them to be, so wedged into their souls, that they start living the glorious life God has planned for them.

What part or aspect of this book do you love the most?

The end. I love that as soon as I wrote it, I failed in walking in the message God gave me, often. I have had to read many parts for myself again and again to remind myself.

What challenged you about writing You are Loved & Free?

This is my first book so I had no idea what I was getting into. It was like a flippant agreement I made with God. Like “you should write this into a book (I was writing it in devotionals for my Bible study” and I was like “okay” with no idea what was involved. I think He meant it that way. It’s been quite a ride! 

Do you have any specific writing habits (music you listen to, where you write, plotting technique, etc.)?

I go into God’s amazing creation ( I live in the southwest mountains in Colorado) on my bike, feet or snowshoes, when I know my soul needs to wrestle something out with God. I lament my humanly woes, and listen for Gods still small voice speaking to me. I usually don’t hear it until I have exhausted some of my stressed out flesh. So usually near the top of the trail, when my head is clearer and my body more tired, I start listening and then find a place to sit (rock, fallen tree, dirt) and pull out my phone app and let God speak.

What advice would you give to aspiring authors?

Just write what you hear in your head and your heart. You can edit and edit and edit it later. Just get it out when it is flowing. Make mistakes, typos, terrible grammar errors. Then walk away for a few days and edit it with fresh eyes.

What are you working on next?

I have a new devotional journal on a subject I am literally walking through with God right now. Since writing this book, I have been struggling to believe that I am an author and that anyone is going to like anything I wrote, plus I got a new corporate job in a new division, plus COVID and homeschooling 3 kiddos and I just feel like I am failing all over the place. I realized that I am really struggling through imposter syndrome and God told me in January of this year that we are going to dig into that, find the Biblical answers, and write about it. He even gave me a name. It will be called, Rightful Heir (I don’t have a subtitle yet).

About the Author

After focusing solely on her career in the corporate world for eighteen years, Micah Ruth discovered and leaned in to her calling from Christ to share her journey and inspire others through her writing. Through her blog, Created Significant: Living Loved & Free, and first published book, she is committed to helping others see themselves as Christ sees them. Micah is a wife and mother to three kids, a lifelong Colorado resident, avid mountain biker, and a lover of the outdoors, where she does most of her writing.

More from Micah

Just after a devastating demotion, Micah Ruth sees the revelation God wants to speak to her in this season. You are not what you do, you are not what they think of you, or have said of you. You are a loved and free child of God. With this new revelation, Micah goes on a journey to break down what she had allowed to identify her and rebuilds her identity in Christ.

You are Loved and Free is a devotional journey through the Bible, focusing on the book of Ephesians which holds the Truth about who we are in Christ. Through testimonials and heartfelt stories, Micah shares her journey, inviting others to go on the journey for themselves. She also shares the Biblical wisdom and practical application to rebuild your identity in Christ God revealed to her. Both by uncovering the lies about who you are and revealing the Truth in God’s word, you can find and start walking in your identity as a loved and free child of God. 

Tour Schedule

My Devotional Thoughts, August 22 (Author Interview)
Wishful Endings, August 25 (Author Interview)
Artistic Nobody, August 27 (Guest Review from Joni Truex)
Mary Hake, August 28
Through the Fire Blogs, August 30 (Author Interview)
Splashes of Joy, August 31

Tour-Wide Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Micah is giving away the grand prize of a $20 Amazon gift card & a signed copy of the book!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

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