Free of Me: Why Life Is Better When It's Not about You
Free of Me: Why Life Is Better When It's Not about You  -     By: Sharon Hodde Miller
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In our selfie-saturated world, it's easy to slip into a me-centered life. Miller helps you break free of the perils of ego gratification and live for a larger purpose! Sharing her own experiences, she identifies the hidden source of our insecurity; exposes seven areas of self-sabotage; suggests four practical steps for focusing on God; and more. 208 pages, softcover from Baker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Baker Books
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0801075238
ISBN-13: 9780801075230

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We live in a culture that's all about self, becoming the best "me" I can be instead of becoming like Jesus. This me-centered message affects every area of our lives--our friendships, our marriages, even our faith--and it breaks each one in different ways. The self-focused life robs our joy, shrinks our souls, and is the reason we never quite break free of insecurity.

In this book, Sharon Hodde Miller invites us into a bigger, Jesus-centered vision--one that restores our freedom and inspires us to live for more. She helps readers
- identify the secret source of insecurity
- understand how self-focus sabotages seven areas of our lives
- learn four practical steps for focusing on God and others
- experience freedom from the burden of self-focus

Anyone yearning for a purpose bigger than "project me" will cherish this paradigm-shifting message of true fulfillment.

Author Bio

Sharon Hodde Miller is a pastor's wife and a mother to two small boys. In addition to earning her PhD, Sharon has blogged at SheWorships.com for nearly ten years, making God's Word accessible to women everywhere. She has been a regular contributor to Propel and Her.meneutics, and has written for Relevant, Christianity Today, (in)courage, She Reads Truth, and many other publications and blogs. She speaks regularly on topics ranging from leadership to body image to Scripture. She lives with her family in the Raleigh/Durham area.

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  1. SarahC
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Needed, Timely Message for Many
    October 13, 2017
    SarahC
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    Don't let the cover fool you; this is not just a book for women. This is a timely message needed by many rooted in solid theology. The words are thoughtful, rich, and deep. This is a book I will reference and recommend for a long time and I look forward to more from Sharon. She is a breath of fresh air, admired and respected.
  2. hillswitt
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    free of Me
    October 5, 2017
    hillswitt
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    I honestly believe that God put people in our lives at the right time and sometimes that people are authors with something we need to hear. For me, this was Sharon Hodde Miller and it was her book, Free of Me. Over the last 3 years, The Lord has taken me on a wild adventure of intimacy with him. Along the way, he has shown me so much Grace but heavy doses of Truth. Last year, I prayed that he would show me what I allow to come between myself and him. I felt I was needing to Let Go of things in my life but I didnt know exactly what it was..God then brought this book into my life. He needed me to let go of Myself.

    The Problem was my focus. I couldnt enjoy the freedom of Living for Christ, because I wasnt living for Christ. I was living for me. My eyes were fixed on me.

    These words in the first few chapters of the book resonated with me. This book has been life changing and heart changing. If you are wanting to go deeper on your walk with God, or just feeling like something is off in your life, may I encourage you to read this book. You will not regret the money you spent and you might find yourself even getting a second copy to share with a beloved friend/sister..you name it.



    I pray you soak every word in and it helps you as much as it helped me.
  3. smiliejen
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    Raise Your Gaze
    October 5, 2017
    smiliejen
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    "Free of Me: Why Life is Better When It's Not About You" by Sharon Hodde Miller is a very thought-provoking book that changes the reader's perspective on their focus in life. In our culture today, everyone is focused on themselves and what they will get out of their good deeds. What's in it for me? is the new way of thinking for this generation. Sharon turns the focus away from self to self forgetfulness. God created us to use our gifts to benefit the world around us, not just ourselves. Sharon encourages her readers to turn outward and upward and to "Raise Your Gaze" to the One who created us. She shares her own personal experiences in shifting her own personal focus and ways that helped her broaden her focus on God-centered things versus self-focused things. She challenges each of us to do the good, hard work in ourselves to do the same. The end of each chapter has discussion questions to get you thinking and the last section of the book includes ways to help you work on changing your own ways to shift your focus as well. We live in a me-centered culture which is not at all the culture God intended to create. We're all distracted by our own needs and wants. He has created each of us for a very specific purpose and we need to strive to fulfill his good works in us. I especially related well to the section on parenting as I am a busy mom of 4. "The mirror reflex--the tendency to treat people as a reflection of yourself (people-pleasing)" is something I had never heard of before, but Sharon describes it so well and points out areas in which this easily happens and how unaware we are to it.

    This is a book that I will be reading over slowly, focusing on one chapter at a time and really reflecting on ways to change my focus to remain focused on God and learning how to raise my children with their focus turned outward as well. It is a book that I feel this generation would really benefit from.

    One of my favorite quotes is "Living in a state of constant guilt is living as if Jesus never died."

    I was blessed to receive an advanced readers copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  4. wmtoolbox
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    Be set free!
    October 2, 2017
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    A quick scroll through Facebook or Instagram will highlight the many women in your church and community that are hyper-focused on self. Women borderline-obsessive about their body, their weight, their clothes, their home, their image...

    This focus on self is causing great harm to the church and to our witness. As Sharon points out, "When our focus is on our own needs, our own preferences, and our own comforts, we will not love people in a way that resembles anything like the love of Jesus."

    And I want to love people like Jesus.

    Free of Me is a great book for personal reading and for use in a small group study. Every chapter ends with Discussion Questions, a Focus Verse, and a Focus Prayer. There is also a Bible Study Guide for group facilitators.

    Free of Me will challenge and convict the women in your small group. And it will challenge and convict you. It sure did me.

    Despite the (false) assumption that you may need to don some steel-toed boots, Free of Me is filled with hope. Over and over, Sharon points the reader back to the cross, back to God, back to the Bible. Through personal stories and scripture, she implores us to raise our gaze. It's a challenge that, if we accept it, will change the way we live our lives.

    When we find a way to throw off the grave clothes of self that entangle us, we will be set free!

    In the battle against a culture that preaches, "you deserve it" and "your needs are paramount", Free of Me dissects the lies and points readers toward the truth.
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