Want to Flourish? Stop Focusing on Yourself

The Gospel Coalition | 2/22/2019 | Staff
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Church signs are famously funny. While the sign outside our church building doesn’t offer pithy sayings, it has been known to elicit a laugh from those who appreciate its irony. Above our church’s name, the sign reads, “Self Help.” It refers to the organization that owns the building where we meet, but many have chuckled at the contrast between those words and the teaching found inside.

Unfortunately, though, our culture’s obsession with self shows up in Christian books, blogs, and sermons more often than we might realize. In her new book, Flourish: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus, author and speaker Lydia Brownback sheds light on the many ways self-focus has crept into Christian thinking and teaching.

Eyes - Lord - Jesus - Ourselves

She challenges us to fix our eyes on the Lord Jesus rather than ourselves.

Crossway (2019). 144 pp. $12.99.

Women - Life - Longings - Offers - Hope

All women are looking to live a life that will satisfy their deepest longings. Worldly thinking offers false hope found in self-focused saviors such as acceptance from others, a checklist for better living, emotional fulfillment, comfort, accomplishments, and more—some of which has crept into the church. Featuring six chapters aiming to free women from self-consciousness, self-improvement, self-analysis, self-indulgence, self-condemnation, and self-victimization, this book will help readers discern subtle false messages from the truth in God’s Word—exchanging a self-focused life for the abundant life Jesus promises them in the gospel.

Brownback begins by reminding us of the importance of truth. She wants us to see “how wrong teaching about God can give us wrong ideas about God and how these wrong ideas keep us from flourishing” (12). She acknowledges that discerning truth from false doctrine is a challenge, especially when the topic is the self. We are predisposed to accept false teaching about self-love “because it appeals to that deep yearning for affirmation we feel at our...
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