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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


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.

It is not about self-esteem. Paul simply refuses to play that game. He says 'I don't care about your opinion but I don't care that much about my opinion' - and that is the secret. -Timothy Keller, The Freedom of Self-ForgetfulnessAuthor 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 opinion of my worth, even my own, doesn’t matter any longer.

We can stop connecting every experience with ourselves and live in the freedom that comes from this place of gospel-humility or self-forgetfulness. As Keller writes: “[Paul] has reached the place where he is not thinking about himself anymore. When he does something wrong or something good, he does not connect it to himself any more.”


True gospel-humility means I stop connecting every experience, every conversation, with myself. In fact, I stop thinking about myself. - Timothy Keller, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness


I encourage you to read The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness because this small eBook contains some big ideas.


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