Home Page

Atlanta Christian Business Directory
Metro Atlanta
Christian Concerts
Atlanta Christian Web E-Blast Newsletters
Metro Atlanta Church Events, Conferences & Announcements
 
Atlanta Christian Magazine Page
Christian Artists
Web Sites
Atlanta Christian Artists Web Sites
 
Christian Music & Christian Music Videos
Billboard Magazine Current Top 25 Christian Music Chart
Billboard Magazine Current Top 15
Gospel Music Chart
This Month's Top 50 Christian Books
Interviews with Christian Celebrities
Dave Ramsey Financial Peace
 
Atlanta Christian Web
Atlanta Christian Media Group
About the Editor
Contact Us
Advertise
 
Metro Atlanta
Church Guide
Metro Atlanta Christian Schools & Home School Info
Christian Singles
Metro Atlanta Christian
Radio Stations
 
Atlanta Sports
Gwinnett Braves Express newspaper
Georgia Tech Express Newspaper
Football Atlanta & Georgia Football Magazine
Healthy Living Atlanta Magazine
Southeast Christian Summer Camp Guide

Sign up for Free Twice A Month Atlanta Christian Web E-Blasts. Email acmag@hotmail.com

Sign up to receive the Atlanta Christian E-Blast Newsletter
Email
acmag@hotmail.com

Concerts & events, artist interviews & more. Keep informed. Subscribe for free today

  Discover Your True Identity:
An Interview with Songwriter
Matthew West
by Jonathan Petersen, Bible Gateway.

 Are you struggling to find your true identity? Have you been damaged by somebody';s hurtful words? What does the Bible say about your identity not being found within, but through Jesus Christ?

  Matthew West has written four books to date: "Give This Christmas Away," "The Story Of Your Life, Forgiveness," and "Today Is Day One" and his newest just released, "Hello, My Name Is: Discover Your True Identity."

  Bible Gateway interviewed Matthew about his book, "Hello, My Name Is: Discover Your True Identity" (Worthy Publishing, 2017).

In your new book, you discuss the importance of finding personal identity in God, rather than in the things of this world. What have you discovered about your own identity through the writing of "Hello, My Name Is?"

  Matthew: From the start, I told myself that if I hoped to write a book that helped people to take a good look at some of the names that have been written on their nametags, I would need to do the same. I had to write this book from a place of authenticity, even vulnerability, being willing to let God show me areas of my life that have been incorrectly shaped by false identities I've allowed to hang around for too long.
  In the book, I talk about some of those names that were revealed to me - names like "Pretender, Control Freak, Insecure," and the list goes on. I truly felt like, 'if this book is helping me, then it's going to help someone else.'

I hope people feel that honesty in these pages and are freed up to take the same honest look at their lives, then ask God to show them how His truth about us differs from those false identities we've been handed throughout our journeys.

  I love David's prayer, "Search me, God, and know my heart..." (Psalm 139:23). I prayed that a lot while writing this book. "God, search my heart " my life, reveal to me any areas of my life that you want me to see, any identities you want to show me, and help me dare to believe that your grace has erased them once and for all."

"Hello My Name" Is is also the name of a song you wrote and recorded several years ago.
Talk about what inspired the song and how the song inspired you to write this book.

  Matthew: I've noticed that most authors who are pastors or speakers write books whose message is derived from a sermon series they did at their church. I guess my process is similar except that instead of a sermon, the genesis of the idea is found in the form of a three-minute song. And many of my songs have been inspired by the true stories and testimonies of people who've written to me from all over the world. I've collected over 40,000 stories and counting.

  One of those stories is about Jordan, who wrote to me and shared his powerful story of addiction. The first sentence read, "Hello, my name is Jordan and I'm a drug addict." He went on to tell me that he grew up a good preacher's kid. He then went on to college and became an All-American athlete, but after suffering a season-ending injury, he felt lost and found a new, unwanted identity thanks to the prescription pain medication he had been given. After two failed drug tests, Jordan was kicked out of school. As a last resort, he agreed to enter into Teen Challenge, a Christian drug recovery program for an entire year.

  He shared with me how difficult that time was but that God radically changed his life by showing him some things about where he'd been finding his identity. He told me that he realized that he's not defined by his successes OR his failures, but he is who God says he is.

  Today, Jordan is a husband, father, high school coach, and an all around awesome guy whom I call a friend. The last sentence of his letter said, "Hello, my name is Jordan and I am a child of the one true king."

In what ways does the Bible
talk about a person's identity?

  Matthew: I love 1 John 3:1: "See what great love the Father has lavished upon us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"

  To be called a child of God - a child of the "one true king," as Jordan put it - there is no greater distinction. I love the final sentence of that Scripture with that emphatic exclamation mark. What a powerful assurance. Right here, right now, in this very moment, no matter how good or bad you feel about yourself, you're a beloved child of God. Throughout Scripture, God is conveying this message. He made you, he loves you, He pursues you, He's not done with you, and He's called you His child.

The subtitle of your book is Discover Your True Identity. What are people's "false identity" and how can they determine their true identity?

  Matthew: A false identity is any lie that contradicts our God-given identities through Scripture. These false identities can be created by ourselves because of sin in our lives, choices made, or wrong turns taken and the regret, guilt, and shame that follows. Other false identities are handed to us by outside sources, maybe a damaging word spoken to us by someone or a childhood of abuse.

  However, not all false identities are negative on the surface, such as successful, attractive, wealthy, athletic, or talented. But even those identities can become false when we place too much of our weight on them. Jordan's identity was "All-American" until he broke his ankle and his season was over. Then, he didn't know who he was anymore and started spinning out of control.

  I've started working out with a trainer. He always talks about the importance of developing my "core." Any fitness expert will tell you that a strong core is the start to a strong and healthy body. The same is true with our identities. It's about strengthening our core, which requires digging past all of the surface identities that crowd our nametags and remembering that at the deepest level we are God's masterpiece. The stronger our knowledge of the core of who we are, the better we'll be able to deflect the old names and false identities that try to own us.

What’s your advice to those people living under the burden of a false identity right now?

  Matthew: Read this book! Ha! Seriously, my advice can only come from a place of what's helping me. And what helped me is what also guided me in the writing of "Hello, My Name Is:"...Scripture. One of the things I love about the Bible is that it's page-by-page proof that God is not just a "broad strokes" kind of creator; God is in the details. So much so that we're told nothing is hidden from him. He sees everything; He's the beginning and the end. There's no greater authority on your life than the one who gave you your life.

  Much of this book, contrary to what one might think when they see the title, is not a search within but an encouragement to begin the journey of discovering who you really are by first discovering who you belong to and what your creator has to say about you. I truly believe that if someone is believing a lie about who they are right now, that God's desire for you is to be set free from that once and for all.
  Ask him to show you where that false identity is coming from. Ask him to show you how differently he sees you than how you view yourself.

Throughout Hello, My Name Is, you weave stories
from people you've met during your years
touring as a musician.
What story impacted you the most?

  Matthew: There's no substitute for the power of a personal story. I love what happens when I get to hand my platform over to a guy like Jordan. The true stories of God redeeming a broken life shoot like arrows straight to our hearts and remind us that God wants to do the same life changing work in our lives.

  I love how one story can impact another story, causing a ripple effect of change if we let it. Rob's story is featured in the book for that very reason. Rob actually got saved at one of my concerts and decided to seek help for his drug addiction as a result of hearing "Hello My Name Is" and witnessing the story of Jordan. Today Rob has been sober for over two years. And the ripple effect continues.

Why do you believe this message about identity is so important for people to hear today?

  Matthew: When I saw how much the message of the song resonated with people I began to realize we're all on the same journey of discovering who we are. Why else would the bookstores be filled with self-help books?
  That's why I wanted to write this book; as a powerful reminder that when it comes to getting to the core of who we are, we simply can't help ourselves. Left to our own devices, we'll wander down a wide road filled with people slapping false identities on us at every turn. I've walked that road, and I don't want to anymore.

  We've got social media now where we can even create an identity for ourselves and show the world an inauthentic highlight reel version of who we are. But I'm drawn to REAL, not a highlight reel. The world doesn't need to see another plastic Christian pretending they've got it all together. The world needs to see more Jordans; people who are willing to stand up and say, I'm far from perfect, but 'm loved by a perfect God.

What do you hope people walk away with
after reading "Hello, My Name Is?"

  Matthew: I walked away with a renewed passion for Scripture and I was powerfully reminded that God's Word really is a lamp to guide my feet along this journey of discovering who I am. I hope people will soak in the Scripture that I highlight throughout page after page of this book.

~ from biblegateway.com ~

See Matthew Wests' live acoustic performance of "Broken Things"
-
Click Here

  Matthew West's
All In Tour

  Hit singer/songwriter and GRAMMY nominated fan favorite Matthew West is set to embark on his headlining ALL IN Tour this fall. Visiting over 30 cities nationwide, the tour will feature special guest Dove Award-winner Jordan Feliz and will introduce singer/songwriter Leanna Crawford.

  "I absolutely love writing songs, and I love watching those songs come to life in the recording studio," West says. "But it's getting on the bus, hopping on stage in city after city and carrying that music to a live audience night after night that completes the creative circle.

  That's why I do this tour or any other - in hopes that people who are hurting will find a much-needed musical reminder that God loves changing lives. We're going 'ALL IN' with that message this fall and I can't wait!"

  The tour will kick-off September 21 in Houston, hitting Des Moines, Iowa; Lincoln, Nebraska; San Antonio, Texas; and Lakeland, Florida, among numerous markets, before concluding in late November.

  "We are working hard to make this tour a special one," West adds. "From the time folks walk in the door to the time they leave, I want fans to be immersed in and experience ALL IN."

  In addition to West's ALL IN experience, fans will hear some of his much-anticipated new music, including collaborations with his special guests.

  "I'm also excited to tour with my friend Jordan Feliz," West continues. "He and I wrote a song together for my new record and a friendship was forged. In addition, I've discovered an amazingly talented newcomer, Leanna Crawford. She's going to join me onstage each night and will no doubt blow people away."



 

 

Go to our Anthony Nelson & The Overcomers Page with a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Kirk Franklin Page with
a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Josh Wilson Page with
a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Tamela Mann page with a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Charlie Wilson Page with
a feature story


Click Here

Go to our Beverly Lewis Page with a feature story

Click Here

Go to our JJ Hairston page with a
feature story

Click Here

Go to our John Bevere Page with
a feature story
 

Click Here

Go to our MercyMe page with a
feature story


Click Here

Go to our Lecrae page with a feature story

Click Here

Go to our TobyMac page with a
feature story


Click Here

Go to our Atlanta Falcons Vic Beasley page with a
feature story


Click Here

Go to our Tauren Wells Page with
a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Louie Giglio "Goliath Must Fall" Page with a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Elevation Worship Page with a feature story

Click Here

Read a feature from our E-Blast Newsletter on Harry Connick, Jr.

Click Here

Go to our Jeff Manion "Dream Big, Think Small" Page with a
feature story

Click Here

Go to our Lysa Terkeurst page with a
feature story


Click Here

Go to our Disciple page with a
feature story

Click Here

Go to our Ann Voskamp page with a
feature story


Click Here

Go to our Chris Pratt page with a
feature story

Click Here

Go to our Skillet page with a feature story

Click Here

 

Go to our Needtobreathe Page with a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Citizen Way Page with
a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Dee Henderson Page with a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Terri Blackstock page with a feature story on the best selling author

Click Here

Go to our Casting Crowns Page with
a feature story


Click Here

Go to our Hillsong Worship page 
with a feature story


Click Here

Go to our for VaShawn Mitchell page with
a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Lisa Bevere page with a
feature story


Click Here

Go to our Colleen Coble page with a
feature story

Click Here

Talking faith, family and football w/ The Falcons' Taylor Gabriel! A great story of overcoming adversity!

- from 11Alive.com -
Click Here

 

Go to our Greg Laurie Page with a feature story on Steve McQueen

Click Here

Go to our Mandisa Page with a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Anthony Brown Page with
a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Braves R.A. Dickey Page with a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Colton Dixon page with a
feature story

Click Here

Go to our Jonathan Cahn page with a
feature story

Click Here

Go to our CeCe Winans page with
a feature story


Click Here

Go to our Reba McEntire page with a
feature story


Click Here

Go to our Decyfer Down page with a
feature story


Click Here

metro atlanta gospel music metro atlanta black gospel music metro atlanta christian music atlanta contemporary christian music georgia christian music georgia gospel music georgia christian concerts georgia gospel concerts atlanta fest atlanta fest 2012 stone mountain park six flags over georgia verizon wireless amphitheatre arena at gwinnett phillips arena tabernacle the masquerade six flags christian music weekend
metro atlanta gospel music metro atlanta gospel concerts metro atlanta christian concerts events

News and Information for the Atlanta church family
Keeping You Up To Date On Christian concerts, conferences, news and more. Atlanta Christian Media

 metro atlanta christian concerts, metro atlanta christian music, metro atlanta gospel music metro atlanta gospel concerts, metro atlanta church concerts, metro atlanta christian artists Metro Atlanta Christian Businesses   Metro Atlanta Christian Business network  metro atlanta christian companies, 104.7 the fish, j93, victory 91.5, metro atlanta christian yellow pages metro atlanta christian business guide metro atlanta christian business pagesatlanta gospel music atlanta churches atlanta christian schools atlanta private schools atlanta christian newspapers
atlanta christian publications georgia christian news georgia christian businesses georgia christian companies georgia gospel music
104.7 The Fish Atlanta            J93.3 Atlanta                 
Praise 97.5 Atlanta            Victory 91.5 Cumming
Shepherd's Guide Atlanta    Shepherd's Voice newspaper   Christian Happenings Georgia    Christian Living Magazine   
Atlanta Christian Family Magazine     Rejoice Christian Magazine     Atlanta Fest  the georgia bulletin  atlanta catholic newspers
Metro Atlanta Christian Schools  metro Atlanta Christian School  Atlanta Christian Education   Metro Atlanta Churches     shepherd's guide atlanta
 metro Atlanta Church     metro Atlanta Christian Radio  metro atlanta christian radio stations  metro Atlanta Christian Academies  
Atlanta Homeschool  Atlanta Christian Publications  Atlanta Christian newspapers  metro atlanta christian magazines  metro atlanta christian magazine  the fish radio atlanta WFSH-FM Radio   The Fish Atlanta    Fish Radio Atlanta   Praise 97.5 Radio Atlanta   Victory 91.5 Radio Atlanta   WWEV-FM Radio  Kevin & Taylor   Safe For The Whole Family   Fish Christian Radio   J93 Christian Radio  metro atlanta christian day camps  metro atlanta church day camps atlanta religious websites atlanta christian websites georgia churches georgia christian schools
kevin & taylor in the morning kevin and taylor in the morning  bill bennett atlanta michael medved atlanta laura ingraham atlanta
sean hannity atlanta rush limbaugh atlanta glenn beck atlanta hugh hewitt atlanta mike gallagher atlanta atlanta fest
celebrate freedom atlanta 104.7 fm the fish the faith, family and friends statio
n
sandi patty mount paran church of god

 

MATTHEW WEST
"Broken Things"
(from All In)

Amazon Discount Price
as of 8/15/2017

Streaming - Unlimited
MP3 Album - $7.99
Audio CD - $
13.98
  

Includes the hit, "Broken Things." This product will be released on 09/22/17

MATTHEW WeST
(Hello My Name Is: Discover Your
True Identity)

Amazon Discount Price
as of 7/25/2017

Kindle - 9.99
Paperback - $10.84
Audio CD - $
14.97
  

Are you struggling to find your true identity? Or been damaged by somebody's hurtful words? Through the stories that his fans have shared with him, award-winning Christian music singer/songwriter West helps you reconnect with your own best self so that you can show others your identity isn't found within---but through Jesus Christ. 224 pages, softcover from Worthy.

MATTHEW WEST
(Live Forever)
Deluxe Edition

Amazon Discount Price
as of 7/25/2017

MP3 - $12.49
 

Coming off the fastest-selling album of his career, the award-winning songwriter is back with a fresh new collection of contemporary hits. Includes the radio single "Day One"; "The List"; "World Changers"; "Grace Wins"; "Tryin'"; "Mended"; "Anything Is Possible"; "Born for This"; "Oh, Me of Little Faith"; "Heaven Is the Hope"; and the title track.

MATTHEW WEST
"Into The Light"

Amazon Discount Price
as of 7/25/2017

Streaming - Unlimited
MP3 - $9.49
Audio CD - $9.00
 

In-demand singer/songwriter Matthew West returns with his seventh release, Into the Light. Continuing his journey of drawing inspiration from true stories of people's lives, he's written an album of all-new songs including the first single "Forgiveness," which tells the story of a mother forgiving the drunk driver that took her daughter's life. Into the Light encourages people to embrace the hope and restoration in Christ, in the middle of life's toughest challenges. Includes the hits "Forgiveness," and "Hello, My Name Is."

MATTHEW WEST
"The Story Of Your Life"

Amazon Discount Price
as of 7/25/2017

Streaming - Unlimited
MP3 - $9.49
Audio CD - $
6.98
 

When Matthew asked fans to share their stories, he received thousands of replies. In this unique album, he pays tribute to their joys and sorrows. Meet "Broken Girl," a victim of sexual abuse who embraced healing; experience the delight of adoption in "One Less"; discover what happens when you live in "My Own Little World"---and God breaks through; more.

Matthew West
"Something To Say"


Amazon Discount Price
as of 7/25/2017

Streaming - Unlimited
MP3 - $9.49
Audio CD - $
10.49
 

Matthew West knows how to write massive songs that connect with Christian music listeners right on the bull's eye. On his third album Something To Say Matthew explodes with even bigger songs of passion and lives lived for Christ. Includes the hits "The Motions," and "You Are Everything"

MATTHEW WEST
"History"


Amazon Discount Price
as of 7/25/2017

Streaming - Unlimited
MP3 - $7.99
Audio CD - $
5.67
 

Singer, songwriter, and 2004 New Artist of the Year Matthew West returns with History, a captivating eleven song album that will deeply connect with fans and new listeners alike. Includes "Next Thing You Know", "Only Grace", "Nothing Else", and the new hit, the title track, & more. Audio clips are available to listen to before you purchase.

Go to our Karen Kingsbury page with a feature story
on "Love Story"


Click Here

Go to our Hillsong United Page with a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Sharon Garlough Brown Page with
a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Jack Countryman page
with a feature story


Click Here

Go to our Robert Morris Page with
a feature story


Click Here

Go to our Danny Gokey Page ith a feature story

Click Here

Go to our Tenth Avenue North page with a
feature story


Click Here

Go to our Beth Moore page with a
feature story


Click Here

Go to our Kierra Sheard Page with a
feature story

Click Here

Go to our Travis Greene page with a
feature story


Click Here

Go to our Sarah Young page with
a feature story


Click Here

 

 

Music, News and Information for the Atlanta church family
Keeping You Up To Date On Christian concerts, conferences, news and more.
Atlanta Christian Media

104.7 The Fish Atlanta            J93.3 Atlanta                  Praise 97.5 Atlanta            Victory 91.5 Cumming
Shepherd's Guide Atlanta     Shepherds Guide Atlanta   Sheperds Guide Atlanta  Shepherd's Guide Atlanta  
Christian Happenings Georgia   Christian Happenings Atlanta  
Christian Living Magazine   
 Atlanta Christian Family Magazine      Rejoice Christian Magazine   Shepherd's Voice Atlanta
Shepherd's Voice newspaper, Atlanta Fest  Six Flags Over Georgia Christian Music Weekend
Metro Atlanta Christian Schools  Atlanta Christian School  Atlanta Christian Education     Metro Atlanta Churches   
 Atlanta Church     Atlanta Christian Radio    Atlanta Christian Academies   Atlanta Homeschool
Atlanta Christian Publications  Atlanta Christian newspapers   gospel radio atlanta atlanta christian radio stations
WFSH-FM Radio   104.7 The Fish Atlanta    the Fish Radio Atlanta   Praise 97.5 Radio Atlanta   Victory 91.5 Radio Atlanta   WWEV-FM Radio  metro atlanta christian music  metro atlanta gospel music metro atlanta praise music
Kevin & Taylor   Safe For The Whole Family   Fish Christian Radio   J93 Christian Radio  j93 radio  j-93 radio