Free to Be God’s Child

ISBN: 9781940269672

Author: Patricia Johnson-Laster


Free to Be God’s Child

Leave the ashes of failure, self-doubt, and discouragement . . .

Step into God’s abundant freedom…And discover who He created you to be!

Free to Be God’s Child is an award-winning workbook designed to help anyone with issues stemming from childhood. Find honest, insightful answers to questions such as:

  • Who am I really?
  • How can I overcome self-defeating attitudes and actions?
  • Why am I insecure, always wondering if I can accomplish as much as others?

Author Bio

Patricia Johnson-Laster is a retired college professor of psychology and author of another self-help workbook, Free To Be Me, as well as numerous professional magazine articles. As a professor, Dr. Laster spent many hours counseling young adults with unsettled issues stemming from their childhood. She began to realize that dysfunction within families is a hidden epidemic, hindering too many adults from developing freely into the person God intends them to be. Patricia lives in North Carolina with her husband.

Author’s Beliefs:

    1. There is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    2. In the deity of our Lord Jesus the Christ, in His virgin birth, His sinless life, His miracles, and in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood.  I also believe in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return to earth some day.
    3. Salvation is by grace through faith in Christ as one’s Savior.
    4. All psychological principles should be thoroughly evaluated through the grid of Scripture and that Scripture always holds the final authority.  I do not harbor any beliefs or suggest any therapeutic techniques that would violate the principles of Scripture.


Ed.D., educational psychology, Northern Illinois University. DeKalb, Illinois
M.A., psychology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.R.E., religion, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Fort Worth, TX
B.A., secondary education, Campbell University, Buies Creek, N.C.

Schools in which the author has taught:

Bluefield University, Bluefield, Virginia
Cumberland University, Williamsburg, Kentucky
Wayland Baptist University, Plainview, Texas
Pikeville University, Pikeville, Kentucky
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinoi
Hannibal-LaGrange University, Hannibal, Missouri

Other Employment

Peace Corps Volunteer, Philippines
Baptist Campus Student Ministry, Director, Mary Washington College

Table of Contents


Section One: Ashes on Fertile Ground

Step One: When Only Ashes Are Left

Exercise 1: Out from Behind the Mask

Exercise 2: Needs That Have Gone Unmet

Exercise 3: Failure to Establish Boundaries

Exercise 4: Discouragement

Exercise 5: Dealing with Our Limitations

Step Two: The Ashes of Self-Defeating Attitudes
Exercise 1: Hopelessness
Exercise 2: Frustration
Exercise 3: Anxiety
Exercise 4: Anger
Exercise 5: Negativism
Exercise 6: Accepting Responsibility for Our Attitudes

Step Three: The Ashes of Destructive Relationships
Exercise 1: The Meaning of Love Exercise 2: Emotional Traps Exercise 3: Conflict Exercise 4: Friendship
Exercise 5: Christ-like Love
Exercise 6: Lost Love

Step Four: Ashes When We Go Astray
Exercise 1: Neurosis
Exercise 2: Recognizing Sin
Exercise 3: The Worst Sin of All
Exercise 4: Forgiveness

Step Five: Ashes Left After Life’s Blows
Exercise 1: Trials by Fire
Exercise 2: Persecution
Exercise 3: When God Is Silent
Exercise 4: Courage to Continue
Exercise 5: Victor, Not Victim

Section Two: Rising from the Ashes

Step Six: The Phoenix Rises
Exercise 1: Faith Internalized
Exercise 2: Small Matters of Faith
Exercise 3: Investing in Faith
Exercise 4: God’s Will versus Self-Will
Exercise 5: A Lifetime Quest

Step Seven: Living the Christian Life: Prayer
Exercise 1: Prayer Promises
Exercise 2: Recognizing and Avoiding Manipulation
Exercise 3: The Holy Spirit and Prayer
Exercise 4: Surprised by Prayer
Exercise 5: The Power of Prayer

Step Eight: Living the Christian Life: Witnessing
Exercise 1: Motivation
Exercise 2: Preparation
Exercise 3: The Offensive Witness
Exercise 4: Finding the Right Words

Step Nine: Living the Christian Life: Purpose
Exercise 1: Interpreting Our Call
Exercise 2: Using Our Talents
Exercise 3: Choosing Where to Serve
Exercise 4: Effective Service

Step Ten: Living the Christian Life Victoriously
Exercise 1: Setting New Priorities
Exercise 2: Rejoicing
Exercise 3: Thankful Things
Exercise 4: A Tribute
Exercise 5: Songs of Joy

Appendix: Leading a “Free to Be God’s Child” Small Group

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