Believe In What You're Doing, Believe In Who You Are (Hardcover )

by Hilary Weeks


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We all know our own strengths and weaknesses — at least to some extent. Often we notice a real strength in another person and wish we were more that way. Do you want to be more organized? Do you want to be a person who loves and accepts everyone? Do you want to have a home in which all who come there know they are welcome? In this newest book in the Time Out Classics series, bestselling singer/songwriter Hilary Weeks shares the love God has for us as we are now, as well as some practical ideas about how He can help us become who we want to be.

About the Author

Hilary Weeks grew up in a home filled with music. Born in Colorado and raised in Alaska, she began playing the piano at age eight and wrote her first song at age fourteen. Her first recorded song, “He Hears Me,” was featured on the 1993 EFY album, and from there Hilary quickly became a favorite in the inspirational music industry. She has released eight solo albums, has been featured on numerous compilation albums, and has been the recipient of multiple awards from the Faith Centered Music Association. Her most recent album, Every Step, reached #6 on the Top Current Contemporary Christian Billboard list. She also published her first book in 2009, Believe in What You’re Doing, Believe in Who You Are. Hilary and her husband, Tim, reside in Lehi, Utah, with their four daughters.


I HAVE NEVER WRITTEN A book. Oh wait, I take that back. Yes, I have; I was in second grade. It was a book about a little brown bear named Cuddles who got lost while picking flowers in the woods. I love happy endings, so Cuddles eventually found his way home. I hesitate to toot my own horn, but I was also the illustrator. If I do say so myself, the illustrations were almost as good as the story line.

Considering my illustrious career as an author, you might be surprised to know that when I was invited to write this book I felt unequal to the task. However, I accepted the challenge, and this is why: Everyone needs reminders. I don’t know a single person who doesn’t need a reminder now and then. That is why we have calendars, PDAs, laptops, alarm clocks, day planners, sticky notes, string to tie on our fingers. After all the reminders about appointments, meetings, carpools, and deadlines, there is one reminder we need most of all: God loves us. Inside each one of us is the need to know that Heavenly Father is aware of us, that He believes in us, and that He understands how hard we are trying.

Several years ago I was invited to write a song for an album specifically created for women. I was told that I could write about any topic I wanted. I looked around my house and saw the piled-up dishes, the baskets of laundry, and the scattered toys. Suddenly I knew what I would yearn to hear if Heavenly Father could sit with me for a while and talk. I wanted to be reassured that my efforts were making a difference, that I was doing a good job with my family, that I was becoming more like the Savior, and that I was following the course He wants me to follow. I wanted to be reminded that I was His daughter and that He loved me. So I wrote the song “Who You Are.”

I know you wonder if you’ll ever have a day
Where the kids stay calm, the laundry’s done, and the dishes are put away
And sometimes you feel like your days are spent and gone
And the question running through your mind is, “What have I gotten done?”
And when you finally have a moment to
slow down
At the end of your day
I know Father would say
Believe in what you’re doing
Believe in who you are
Hold tight to the truth that you’re a daughter
of God
Believe in who you’re becoming
Believe in who you are
It may seem simple—all the little things you do
But the lives you touch matter so much and there’s no one else like you
And Father needs you to stand tall and faithful
Be all you can be
Oh, if you could see what He sees
You’d believe in what you’re doing
You’d believe in who you are
So hold tight to the truth that you’re a daughter of God
Believe in who you’re becoming
Believe in who you are
When it’s hard to believe in yourself
And you feel like you’re beginning to doubt
He believes in what you’re doing
He believes in who you are
Don’t lose sight of the truth that you’re a ¬daughter of God
He believes in who you’re becoming
He believes in who you are

That song is a reminder. This book is another reminder. Not a reminder of what you need to do or what you should do. But a reminder that you are doing better than you might think.

My hope is that you will reflect on the experiences of your own life as you read a few of mine. Think of the discoveries you have made—both big and small—and allow them to shape who you are becoming. Trust what you’ve learned. Believe in what you know.

And on the days when you wonder if you’ll ever be enough, remember: He believes in who you’re becoming. He believes in who you are.


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by  Customer  -   reviewed on  September 22, 2008

This is a singer I got to experience at TOFW. Prior to that I had not heard much of her music. After experiencing her music and the desire she has to balance her life, I am inspired to be a better person and make sure I balance things better

Wonderful Book!

by  Heather  -   reviewed on  September 11, 2008

This is a great book to have for your collection. Hilary just makes you feel good about life and who you are.

Small, But Good

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  August 11, 2008

Hilary Weeks is awesome! I've always been a big fan. Her personality really shines through here, and although this book is small, the stories are quite insightful and touching. I enjoyed this and would recommend it to others.

Down to earth and uplifting

by  Joseph  -   reviewed on  September 16, 2008

What an easy way to get back into reading, a small book with gems inside. You can't help feeling that Hilary is a very down to earth normal person who has a great ability to be grateful and reflect on her life. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it was worth every cent and is a priority book on the shelf!

Very Inspiring!

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  November 12, 2008

I love this book. I have had the chance to listen to Hilary Weeks at 2 diffrent Time Out for Women confences. She is so real. This book reminds me that life is sometimes hard and we will make mistakes. And that it is so important to take time for ourselves. She is an amazinly talented women.

I Believe

by  Elaine  -   reviewed on  September 11, 2008

I simply love Hilary Weeks. She has such a sincere loving spirit...and enough funny stories to keep me totally engaged. I love her music and have enjoyed her at TOFW a few times. The Book is an amazing look at how our lives can be blessed...each of my favorite stories is the Jet Ski story...the pretty Pink thing in the water....Thanks for sharing even more with us...we love being able to relate as sisters in the gospel.

Believe in a book worth reading!

by  Bookshelf  -   reviewed on  August 12, 2008

Like most books in the Time Out For Women Series, Positively simple ideas are presented that allow the reader to read and then think. Hilary is especially good at this as she shares stories from her music, and a great story about her home in Alaska! The book is fairly short when it comes to the number of pages to pass the time. I always find it fascinating to read thoughts and ideas from songwriters/artists and the ideas that inspired their songs.

So Uplifting!

by  DEJAH  -   reviewed on  August 11, 2008

This book is full of short, personalized stories that are full of hope and insight. At the end of each chapter is thought that sums up what we learn from that chapter, such as: "Believe that the Savior will make up the difference--and you will be enough." I was so uplifted by skimming this small book, I will definately pick it up again when I need to be reminded to believe in myself!

Loved it!

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  September 18, 2008

I really ejoyed Hillary's words. She used humor as well as a very spirital way to put her messages across it was really good

Uplifting and inspiring!

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  September 27, 2008

In this book Hilary relates personal experiences and lessons learned that we all can relate to grow from. She mixes in a bit of humor in her stories which makes you feel like you are reading words from a friend. It is a short and easy reading with powerful messages we can all benefit from.


by  Jennifer  -   reviewed on  October 07, 2008

I bought this book, read it very quick; and I absolutely love it. Hilary not only tells some of her own stories from her life, she inspires your motivational focus in life.

Inspirational & Amazing!

by  Jennifer  -   reviewed on  October 07, 2008

I absolutely love this book. Hilary uses life experiences of her own and applies them to ways we can keep our motivational focus in life.

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