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8 Reasons Your Life Matters by John Herrick

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8 Reasons Your Life Matters John Herrick 2013 116 pages   In 8 Reasons Your Life Matters, John Herrick has an easy-to-read style. Although you know he is addressing the deep hurts people feel and some of his readers may be contemplating suicide, he maintains a respectful and matter-of-fact tone rather than pleading. He offers eight truths from the Bible but his text is far from preachy. He develops each idea with personal experiences and concludes with a person in the Bible who felt that way and he demonstrates what God was doing in that situation that can only be seen in hindsight. This is a well-written eBook for people struggling with depression, self-worth, and even suicidal thoughts. It emphasizes a long-term perspective and gives reasons to tough-it-out rather than give up on life.     As one who has struggled in this area, I found it reassuring and I might have to make myself a...

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 one’s...