Do You Need Greater Self-Esteem-Or Something Else Entirely? Western culture increasingly emphasizes the importance of self-love and self-esteem. Many of us believe we must ""find"" ourselves-and feel good about what we see-before we can experience significant spiritual growth. Focusing so much on ourselves, however, distracts us from pursuing the only source of true fulfillment. Do we, as God's people, really need to love ourselves more? Or is there a wiser, biblical path that can lead us to joy that is not self-centered and fleeting, but God-focused and lasting? Challenging the current fascination with self esteem, Leslie Vernick answers these questions and others that trip up Christians today. Offering surprising insights and practical helps that can make a real difference in your life, she shows how you can experience greater personal, relational, and spiritual growth while humbly adoring and glorifying your God.
Underscore this fact, writes Vernick, a licensed clinical social worker with more than 20 years experience: over-emphasizing one's wants-and seeing those wants fulfilled-is not the path to personal happiness. Rather, she purports, true happiness comes as a result of being in right relation with God and others. Systematically, Vernick (How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong) lays the foundation to support this premise by first defining psychological catchphrases in light of biblical principles and theological repercussions. Terms such as self-image, self-esteem and self-love all take a beating here, as Vernick unpacks these "self"-consuming distractions as mere excuses for sinful thinking and behavior. She argues that too much self-obsession and not enough confidence in God can lead Christians toward discouragement, depression and destructive life patterns. Christians need to have a realistic understanding of their divine worth and value, balanced by a sense that their success comes because of Christ's active redemptive power. Vernick tackles such virtues as humility, selflessness, fear of God, intimacy with God and joy, in chapters that are thoughtful though occasionally tedious and slow-moving. Overall, her timely and refreshing message is one that serious Christian followers will likely pay attention to. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved All rights reserved.
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September 15, 2003
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