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“Tell them who you are” This is the immediate reuest from child advocate John Croyle to any one of the Big Oak kids when they are introduced to someone It’s a declaration that who they are carries value Value that is not defined by the circumstances that led them to be in at the Big Oak Ranch Value that is also not defined by what you believe God can or can’t do through you This is a lesson that John Croyle his family and the team of Big Oak Ranch have learned well Faced with one of the most important decisions of his life — whether to play professional football or to start a children’s home — John followed the Lord’s leadership In the decades since that decision they’ve seen his dream of helping hurting kids grow into a ministry that has shaped the lives of than 2000 children Surely we too would be changed to experience a ministry with this kind of legacy This isn't a dream and a hope or the seed of a ministry This is well scarred deep rooted ministry that grows strong oak tree kind of faith It's faith building for the kids reached through the ministry and now for those of us who can hear the story of it Who You Are tells this story of the life shaping Kingdom transforming ministry that God used one man to begin Yet the bigger story is in who you are and what God can do to use you in the lives of others Come along for one incredible and improbable story of how God has worked and in doing so truly discover how He can work through you 


10 thoughts on “Who You Are

  1. says:

    This is one of my most favorite books John Croyle is much like your favorite uncle who has sage advice no matter the situation I read this book about every other year


  2. says:

    Life doesn’t always turn out the way we wanted or planned for it to There are circumstances and events we often wish we could rewind or at least touch up but that can’t happen either However we can stop the cycle by how we react to the events in our lives as evidenced by the children of Big Oak Ranch under the leadership of John Croyle and his wife Tee He teaches the children that come into his life to trust again which not an easy task because of the tragedies in their lives He teaches them that where they came from those awful events is not the full picture of their lives and it certainly is not the endingAlthough Mr Croyle writes about the events of Big Oak Ranch and the children he has been blessed to parent this book goes far beyond those stories It causes deep soul searching in your life as you read of the tragedies in such young lives and how they were able to overcome He stated in the beginning of his book that he hopes each reader will walk away with two or three things that will make you want to “dust off the rust from your drive and fighting spirit” He hopes it will make you want to go after the things in your life that you have been afraid of or are avoidingI learned you are never too old to start your journey to regain your focus and it is never too late to ask God for forgiveness as long as you have breath These stores of Big Oak Ranch’s Children touched my heart to tears because of what they endured before John and Tee came into their lives but it also made me do a deep self examination of where I stand in my life’s journey I can say I found myself falling very short and some of the things I have been experiencing have been stealing my joy but importantly it taught me how to regain that joyThis is a book well worth reading I know it will touch your heart as it has mine Disclosure I was given a copy of this Book by Shelby Janner Senior Publicist at B H Publishing Group for review I was not reuired to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review The opinions in this review are my own


  3. says:

    I loved this book Even though it is partially a 40 year stroll down Memory Lane with an emphasis on how and why Croyle chose to do this there are lessons to be learned just as there are in any of his books and I recommend them all that will speak to the reader Whether you are in the position to mentor a child and who isn't to some degree? or if you just need a reminder of Who YOU Are and that you are valuable in the eyes of God there is something to gain from reading it I have heard John speak at a church event and on the radio several times This book captures his style and personality so well So if you know him at all you will recognize him If you don'tyou will after reading thisDisclaimer I received this book free from Shelton InteractiveMy full review is at


  4. says:

    Very positive message Stories of Christ's love demonstrated consistently and relentlessly into the lives of people who are hurt Examples of transforming love challenges to surrender to Jesus' Lordship and love others as He does