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The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller

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The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness The Path to True Christian Joy Timothy Keller 2013 48 pages   I was curious about the title, The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness, and wanted to know more. It turned out to be just what I needed after having a bipolar-fueled anxiety about my inability to work and the lack of worth that comes with that. Author Timothy Keller dismantles everything we believe about our ego. Essentially, he suggests that if we are asking ourselves whether we have low self-esteem or high self-esteem, we are asking the wrong question. The trap of self-worth is that every day we face the judgement of determining whether we are valued. It’s a never ending struggle. Keller suggests we look, instead, to the Righteous Judge who settled the matter of our worth once and for all. When we accept His judgment of ourselves we can stop asking the question about self-worth because no...

I Am Not but I Know I AM by Louie Giglio (@louiegiglio)

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I Am Not But I Know I Am by Louie Giglio My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book changed me. I needed to hear the core message of the book, which is that God is I AM and I am not God. It’s about making ourselves small and making God big. We can either be the star of our small story or be a small part of God’s big story. This simple change in perspective helps us to die to ourselves—our desire for self-promotion, self-determination, self, self, self. When we die to ourselves on a daily basis, we enter into what God’s doing and become players in God’s story. In light of eternity, our lives are a mere blip. But we have the privilege, if we are willing to set aside our self-interests, of being a part of God’s eternal story. That’s more gratifying than being our own stage manager for our tiny story. Just because we agree that God is bigger than our ability to comprehend doesn’t mean that we will...