Figuring out I didn't need to impress God has changed my faith-life, how I live in my daily life, the weight of my soul in the presence of my loving Lord, how I think about God and serving Him. Basically everything! Freedom changed me. It can change you too. Get free with me.

What's a paper tiger?

pa*per ti*ger

(noun) - a person or thing that appears threatening but is ineffectual. 

It feels like a paper tiger is going to eat you alive, but it isn't really dangerous. It has no teeth. It is paper.

What were the paper tigers in my life? 1. I thought I could impress God by being good and doing good. 2. I was stuck in the rut of people pleasing. I wanted to impress people with a false impression of who I was. 3. I had been working my head off serving in ministry, and I felt like God would be disappointed in me if I didn't do well.

Letting go of these wrong, dysfunctional ideas about God led me to freedom!

Do you need freedom? Are you motivated by fear instead of love?

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“Reading Jennifer L. Lane's eBook Paper Tigers & Impressing God: How to Be a Doer Who's Free has affirmed the truths God has been rooting in my heart. As a recently returned Prodigal, Jennifer's focus on the freedom of the Cross has been both a healing balm and an encouragement to continue pursuing a relationship with God, rather than living enslaved to the law or people's approval. 


Jennifer doesn't shrink back from speaking hard truths and is full of humility in her open confession of sin and areas of weakness. In doing so, she leads the reader to conviction and repentance at the foot of the Cross, where there is no room for shame. Paper Tigers is a short, but powerful book I would recommend to anyone who struggles to speak the truth and say no. “

- Anna Louise Smit, author of Love Embraced: A Journey in and through Suffering and blogger at belovedprodigal.com

“Reading Paper Tigers felt like diving into my own psyche, this time with a narrator. Jennifer completely nailed it with this book! People pleasing, irrational fears, all of it can just be placed at the foot of the cross.This is a winner!”

-Erin Murphy, reader


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