Written by: Kelly Meade (4/16/19)

There are times when we all wonder what our true purpose is for existing. Questions like  “Why did God think the world needed me?”, “Am I living up to what He expects of me?” and “What if I’m just messing everything up?” may have crossed your mind.

In the book Redwoods and Whales: Becoming Who You Actually Are, Newsboys United & Zealand band member Phil Joel explores these and similar thoughts as readers are welcomed to discover their identity and purpose in God’s eyes.

Inspired by a unique experience had during a trip along the California coast, Phil parallels how we live with the strength of deeply rooted, solid, tall redwood trees and the heartbreaking discovery of a young whale who had stranded itself on the beach alone after straying from its pod and perhaps getting disoriented or following something that looked good only to lead to an early death when it was created to be a mighty creature living free in the flow of life. The thought provoking imagery sparks us to examine our lives and the choices we make that either help us grow & make us stronger or catch us up in a net of lies about ourselves and how the fleeting things of this world will bring us peace & joy.

Throughout the book, timely topics discussed such as the use (or rather the overuse) of social media, electronic devices and the influence of a culture that more often than not pulls us away from the fullness of God as we neglect time with Him intertwined with thoughtful, insightful commentary that encourages readers to seek out the awesomeness of a loving Heavenly Father Who desires a relationship with us. We also read about the connection between what we put into our minds & hearts and the effect it has on our whole being – spiritually, emotionally, physically and mentally.

Phil’s writing style is straightforward and easy to understand as we can find ourselves relating to much of what he shares. Though Redwoods and Whales: Becoming Who You Actually Are is geared more towards a young adult audience, I can assure you that regardless of your age God will use the messages & applications within these pages to speak to your heart.


Released: April 16, 2019

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Genre: Non-Fiction

Pages: 224

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Links for Phil Joel:

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