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I Am Not But I Know I Am

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‘I Am Not But I Know I Am’ is a short, sharp and hard-hitting book with a motivating message for every Christian – want to discover your purpose? Then discover God first and live in his story, not yours.

“Life is the tale of two stories — one tiny and frail, the other eternal and enduring.” – Louie Giglio, ‘I Am Not But I Know I Am.

Louie Giglio’s sobering message for us is – ‘I Am Not’. The story of us is fragile, shaky and over in the blink of an eye. So while we try our best to make our story count – earning more, becoming more influential, doing more – we miss the story of an amazing God staring us in the face.

In this refreshingly honest and highly motivating book, bestselling author and Passion founder Louie Giglio weaves together personal stories and biblical insights that seamlessly point towards a punchy, sobering and life-changing reality. The pursuit for your life’s purpose begins and ends with God’s Greatness!

I am not…but God knows my name.
I am not…but He has pursued me in His love.
I am not…but I know the Creator of the universe.
I am not, but I know I AM!

When we embrace our smallness, we are free to live with more meaning then you’ve ever dreamed. We don’t have to drop our passions, goals and hearts desires, but embrace our smallness and step into the already-in-motion epic story of God.

“… admitting we are not God, not in control, not running anything, not responsible for everyone’s wellbeing, not the solution for everything and everyone, not at the center of all things—doesn’t belittle us; it frees us.” – Louie Giglio, ‘I Am Not But I Know I Am.

***This is a reprint of the original book, first published in 2005 – now with extra content to encourage more people towards God’s greatness. ***

I Am Not But I Know I Am by Louie Giglio was published by Waterbrook Multnomah in December 2012 and is our 16723rd best seller. The ISBN for I Am Not But I Know I Am is 9781601424280.

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God is looking for ordinary people to play significant roles in His story.

Our God is more expansive and powerful than we could ever imagine, the all-mighty creator of galaxies beyond our reach. But He is also the loving creator who has formed and fashioned you. Yet, as valuable as you are to Him, God’s best for your life is to invite you into a story that is all about Him.

In this intensely personal and highly motivating book, bestselling author, pastor, and Passion founder Louie Giglio shows you how to embrace your “smallness” in light of God’s greatness—and live with more meaning than you have ever dreamed possible.

I am not…but God knows my name.
I am not…but He has pursued me in His love.
I am not…but I know the Creator of the universe.
I am not, but I know I AM!

Now updated with all new content to encourage you in your quest to live for what matters most.
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1. Start
2. Waking
3. Look Up
4. Divine Invitation
5. Light Flies
6. Became
7. The Journey
8. God’s Passion for God’s Glory
9. Big River
10. The Little Leader
11. Be Still
12. Furious Rest
13. Embracing Smallness
14. You Can Trust Him
Appendix A: The One-Word Bible Study Method
Appendix B: BE Can Be a Beautiful Thing

In Brief: Eden Video Transcript

“Here’s a book with a curious title – ‘I Am Not But I Know I Am’. Before you think Louie Giglio needs a lesson in grammar, he’s in fact referring the very first time God reveals his name in the Bible where Moses asks who’s voice he can hear through the burning bush.”

“God called himself, ‘I Am Who I Am’. But what does that make us? In this reprint Louie’s popular book, he masterfully weaves together story and biblical wisdom creating a tapestry of creative thought. This book challenges you to embrace your smallness in the universe, whilst also inviting you to live in God’s already-in-motion epic story of greatness and grace.”

“Now with extra content, this simple, quick book will take speed reads less than a couple of hours to finish. But it’s bold, punchy and sobbering message will last much much longer.”


“Originally I picked up this book while at a friend’s house because I was curious what the book could be about, I ended up reading the entire book in less than two hours. Wonderful read, I would highly, highly recommend it.” – Courtney, GoodReads.com Review

“Louie is an excellent communicator, and this book was no exception. It's easy to read and makes its point clearly.” – OneThing, Amazon.com Review

“This book spoke to me on so many levels, I had to go back and re-read several portions. It's a fantastic reminder of who we are in Christ.” – Robin, ChristianBook.com Review

“I think every Christ-follower would benefit from reading this book.” – Kaysi, GoodReads.com Review

“I will read this over and over ... and then over again, and I have given it to many friends.” – Mary Ann Crum, Amazon.com Review

“This book is a very easy read and provides some key perspectives on the idea of who we are and why we are here … If you have Tweens or Teens in your home this may be an ideal way for them to spend a weekend.” – Kantan Kerus, Amazon.com Review

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Eden Article: The Ordinary Will Do Extraordinary

Reprints always beg the question: why?

For this book the answer is simple … because inside is a message that is still relevant, still important and still life-changing. But more importantly, it’s a message that is a well-written book articulated with accuracy.

Louie Giglio, pastor and author and founder of the Passion movement, his become a name associated with good preaching. He has a gift for communicating God’s message in various ways. The mostly likely way you would’ve heard his name would be from his Passion Talks series – a set of DVD teachings. They have been passed around Christian communities more than the collection plate.

In this skillfully written book, Louie communicates both a hard-hitting truth, and a revolutionary way to live. Embrace your insignificance, your ‘smallness’ and your soon to fade story – then discover God’s amazing story that he is inviting you to be a part of.

“God is always looking for ordinary people to play significant roles in His unfolding story. And, given that He is God and supremely confident in Himself, He is free to choose the least among us—the slowest, the lesser-known, the last, the smallest, the poorest—to accomplish amazing, God-sized stuff. While as humans we try to partner with the brightest and most powerful, God is simply looking for people who are willing to take Him at His word—those confident that with Him in the equation everything is possible.” (pp. 29-30)

What I most appreciate about this book is the tone of voice. Louie brilliantly weaves engaging narrative within every point, keeping your attention on every single page. His message is no theological thesis, nor is it watery and void of substance. It’s a healthy mix of engaging story and insightful wisdom. He constantly reminds us over and over, with story and metaphor, Bible stories and ponderings, that although we are insignificant, God loves us and gives our lives purpose and meaning.

In his introduction, Louie makes his books message and tone infinately clear:

“I could have opted to write this book as a treatise, a legal document to be debated and defended, or an exhaustive scriptural study. Instead, I chose to tell a story … inviting you into an already-in-motion epic account of a glorious and gracious God.”

So it’s over to you. Do you want to do the ordinary for yourself? Or do you want to do the extrodinary for God?

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Details for I Am Not But I Know I Am

Author / Artist
Book FormatPaperback
PublisherWaterbrook Multnomah (December 2012)
Number of Pages176
Thickness12 mm
Height202 mm
Width131 mm
Product Code4035078
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