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Honest Thoughts on Finding God and Becoming Myself

Growing up a church kid is tough, and being a Christian in this world is not for the faint of heart. In a spiritual tug-of-war, there is a battle between living for God and finding acceptance. Is it possible to live a set-apart life, and have a seat at the cool kids' table? In a humorous and let’s-just-be-honest approach, Elyse Murphy goes on record about struggling through her teen and young adult years just trying to find her place. In Confessions of a Church Kid, Murphy reminds us that Jesus still loves us, awkward mishaps and all.

“I worried I was the only one who struggled with fear like this.”

Elyse Murphy

Elyse Murphy

Elyse Murphy is a writer, pastor, and international speaker. She is driven by her passion for Jesus, the local church and knowing the lyrics to every Taylor Swift song. Elyse is ministering to people with her message of hope and grace founded in Jesus Christ.

Having grown up as a pastor's kid in Sydney, Australia, Elyse graduated from Hillsong Leadership College, and has been a pastor working with young people and young leaders ever since. She has ministered globally in both church and secular settings, inspiring people in their life and challenging them in their faith.

Elyse now resides in Los Angeles, working with young adults and ministering as one of the pastors at Oasis Church in Downtown Hollywood.

She regularly blogs at www.elysemurphy.com

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Endorsements


“I’ve known Elyse Murphy for a million years. I’ve seen her come a long way from a pastor’s kid figuring life out to a powerful young woman and communicator, and that honest journey is in this book. Elyse has a passion for helping teenagers—especially those who have grown up in church—make good life decisions, and this book is another powerful resource to help them do just that. I’m so excited for her future and where God is taking her. Here’s to the next million years!”

Christine Caine
speaker, author and founder of A21 Compaign

“Elyse Murphy is one of those remarkable young women who are destined to make a difference in the world! I just love her! In this book, her honesty and genuine love for God will be an inspiration and an encouragement to all who read it.”

Christine Caine
speaker, author and founder of A21 Campaign
Holly Wagner
Oasis Church, Los Angeles, California, founder of GodChicks

“Through Confessions of a Church Kid, Elyse brilliantly describes the very real unspoken feelings and challenges that Christians wrestle with. This book is for all ages, giving insight on what the young believer is dealing with while showing the leader and parent how to respond to these confessions. I’m grateful for Elyse’s voice to this generation and the message that this book carries—being a church kid myself. I know that this book will bless you.”

Chris Durso
Misfit NYC, Christ Tabernacle

“As a pastor’s kid, I understand the struggles and pressures that come with such a label. I’ve known Elyse since she was a little girl—always an infectious smile, cute freckles, and a bright spirit. Her honesty and life experience shared in this book will help not only the children of pastors but pastors raising children, along with anyone leading young people within a church dynamic.”

Chris Durso
Misfit NYC, Christ Tabernacle
Laura Lentz
Hillsong Church, New York City

“Elyse has wrestled with the tough questions many church kids ask and has found tried and true wisdom and revelation that others can now glean from her life. For myself, being a pastor of a growing church in NYC and the father of four young children, you better believe that they’ll be reading this book when the season hits that they need it. I am grateful for Elyse’s vulnerability in this book, because my children and many others will inherit her wisdom and be set free.”

Andi Andrew
lead pastor, Liberty Church New York City

“Elyse Murphy’s Confessions of a Church Kid offers incredible insight on the problems—and more importantly, the solutions—that come from growing up in the church. With her trademark honesty, humor, and strong biblical foundation, Elyse helps readers win the spiritual tug-of-war between knowing God and discovering their place in the world. I heartily recommend this inspiring resource for anyone who wants to grow closer to Jesus.”

Andi Andrew
lead pastor, Liberty Church New York City
Chris Hodges
lead pastor, Church of the Highlands, Birmingham, Alabama; author of Fresh Air and Four Cups

“We live in a generation that craves authenticity. We want real. That’s why I’m so excited for Elyse Murphy’s book Confessions of a Church Kid, which is exactly that—real and authentic. Her honesty is so refreshing, and as someone on my own faith journey, I can definitely relate to the breakthroughs and wisdom she shares. I know this book will bring freedom to all who read it.”

Francia Raisa
actress, Hollywood, California

Confessions of a Church Kid, much like my frequent conversations with Elyse, is both playful and profound. Elyse has contended with the unique pressures that come with being raised in a ministry family and has proven that it’s possible to see the amusing side of church while remaining honoring, to feel the genuine pain that can occur in relationships while still embracing community, to be brutally authentic while still being graceful... in short... to be a church kid while still making a remarkable impact in the world. As a church kid myself, and the father of six church kids, I can say with all confidence that this book will be a great benefit to you. I’m so proud of Elyse for sharing her journey with others.”

Francia Raisa
actress, Hollywood, California
Justin Reimer
Oasis Church, Los Angeles, California