Navigating the Challenges of Life | Te whakatere i nga wero o te Ora 

Identity:Identified contains the 24 most pressing issues identified as the biggest in young people’s lives with advice on how to navigate these challenges and associated ways to identify why God created each one of us in the unique way He did.

The pressure on teenagers today is relentless and it’s worrying and troubling that so many lose the will to live when they think there is no way out. So often young people struggle to identify their calling in life and why God created them.

In 2018, Pope Francis was so personally burdened about the challenges young people face, he convened an extraordinary Synod of Catholic Bishops worldwide specifically to look at the big issues that had been identified as the biggest for today. The purpose of the Synod was to seek to offer some practical advice and hope. Francis said ‘Christ is alive in all young people and he never abandons you.’ Identity:Identified is the Bible Society response to the challenge from Pope Francis.

Jesus said to his disciples “Come, Follow Me.” This unique book is a practical tool to help everyone but especially young people to follow Jesus as they navigate the challenges of life and trust him as a true friend and companion.



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Identity:Identified contains 24 inserts and highlighting of key passages within the New Testament that are designed to help teenagers navigate life’s challenges with ways to identify why God created each one of us in the unique way He did. Identity:Identified can help the reader to work through issues as they arise on the topics like Loneliness, Peer Pressure, Rejection, Anxiety, On-line bullying, teens struggle with body image and abuse, Sexual orientation, Social media damages teenagers’ mental health and even Why am I here. This book also has a number of QR codes that link to a series of special videos that have numerous people sharing their stories and how they cope with life.


1.  Hundreds of highlighted key passages of Scripture. They should encourage YOU and reassure YOU as you navigate the challenges of life! “Do not let your heart be troubled…..” “I am with you always, until the end of time…”


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2. Easily accessible video clips….dozens of them!
Just scan the QR codes you see throughout this special life quide and watch them on your phone or tablet. 



Connection to the App that provides some of the book for access on mobile devices with ongoing  links to social media platforms, where users of the book can connect with their peers online to discuss the issues and how they are using Identity:Identify to guide them through these. This App will provide condensed summaries from the book along with regular updates which allow you to access a whole lot of extra stuff. This is what it looks like.


“Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world, and everything he touches becomes young, new, full of life. The very first words, then, that I would like to say to every young Christian are these: Christ is alive and he wants you to be alive! He is in you, he is with you and he never abandons you. However far you may wander, he is always there, the Risen One. He calls you and he waits for you to return to him and start over again. When you feel you are growing old out of sorrow, resentment or fear, doubt or failure, he will always be there to restore your strength and your hope.”

Pope Francis

“I wish to thank the Bible Societies of the Asia-Pacific region for the wonderful work that has been done to develop the youth-focused campaign entitled “Come and Follow Me.” A practical resource such as this is most valuable for those young people who wish to follow Christ more closely, it is valuable for people of any age. This resource, developed in response to the Encyclical of Pope Francis “Christus Vivit”, will become a sacred treasure, a Taonga, for anyone who is trying to Walk the Way, Tell the Truth and Live the Life of Jesus Christ.”

John Cardinal Dew - Archbishop of Wellington, New Zealand


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