"The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness" is a treasure! It reminded me of my most important identity- in Christ! I don't need to "put myself on trial" because the Lord Jesus has been on trial for me.
I am not better than others, and yet do not need props to help my self esteem, because Christ is my all. Praise Him!
I am one who struggles with people pleasing, and this book helped remind me of the Scriptural truth that I am His! My identity is in Him, and I DO NOT need to perform to make myself accepted by others.
This book contains very important emphases on merciful attitude to ourselves. Even being under God's mercy and grace we are sometimes not free to forget ourselves. We have to think through various Bible passages and to pray for freedom to forget ourselves in the Name of Christ Jesus.
When it comes to the topic of justification, which, ultimately, this work is about, many authors get carried away in their lofty and highly technical theological categories and jargon. This book does not. It is profoundly practical and highly accessible, though, by no means simplistic. Although the somewhat awkward title leaves people (whom I have given copies to) guessing--sometimes smirking--as to "why I think they need to read this book" (I don't think I have an agenda), the book itself is most relevant to North American (can I go so far as to say, Western) Christians. I personally needed this message.