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Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life

Kim D. Goad & Janet E. Kusiak

Inked - Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life Inked - Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life by Janet E. Kusiak and Kimberly D. Goad uses the language of tattoos to explore the questions: What has marked your life? Is it a deep well of pain? Is it emotional baggage? Is it depression? In spite of the events that are deeply etched into our hearts, we have the power to change the marks of life. An estimated quarter of Americans young adults and older adults alike; have a tattoo. What better way to show how one of the most polarizing of cultural icons can, in fact, is a metaphor for what people have in common? Using stories and slang from tattoo culture, Janet Kusiak and Kimberly Goad look at the new way Christ desires that He ink us. We need to explore Jesus' marks on our hearts. Every tattoo tells a story. Every life makes its marks. What do you want to be marked by? What story do you want to tell? Each chapter ends with discussion questions for group conversation or personal journaling.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS of Inked - Choosing God's Mark to Transform Your Life

Kim D. Goad is an author, speaker, consultant and therapist. She has a decade of experience counseling and teaching adolescents and emerging adults, and is the co-author of One Girl Can Change the World and its companion journal and leader guide (Standard, 2009). Kim is an active speaker and has published articles for Women in the Outdoors, Indiana Alumni Magazine, MD News, Business Network and ChristianBook.com and various eLearning applications. It is her passion to help young people see the relevance of the Bible, and to know God better and the hope to which He has called them. She lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Janet E. Kusiak (MSW, LCSW) is a licensed clinical social worker and marriage and family therapist in private practice in Bloomington, Indiana. Janet has a passion for young adults and believes that by teaching them how to change the way they think-despite their circumstances-we give them the power to change their lives, and also our society. She believes the solution for the myriad of social ills affecting young people begins by changing one mind at a time. Inked was born out of Janet's personal story, featured in Plus: The Magazine of Positive Thinking, which describes her descent into despair and how a "coincidental" stumbling upon the principles of right thinking transformed her circumstances. That life-changing experience led her to earn a Masters in Social Work from Indiana University and the principles of Inked have become her life message. She believes in the principles set forth in Inked because she has had the front-row privilege of seeing them at work.

Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press
ISBN-13: 978-1426751189
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 inches

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