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|Title: You Are Not Your Own: Belonging to God in an Inhuman World|
By: Alan Noble
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 15 ounces
Stock No: WW847822
The Gospel Coalition Book Awards Honorable Mention
"You are your own, and you belong to yourself."
This is the fundamental assumption of modern life. And if we are our own, then it's up to us to forge our own identities and to make our lives significant. But while that may sound empowering, it turns out to be a crushing responsibilityone that never actually delivers on its promise of a free and fulfilled life, but instead leaves us burned out, depressed, anxious, and alone. This phenomenon is mapped out onto the very structures of our society, and helps explain our society's underlying disorder.
But the Christian gospel offers a strikingly different vision. As the Heidelberg Catechism puts it, "I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ." In You Are Not Your Own, Alan Noble explores how this simple truth reframes the way we understand ourselves, our families, our society, and God. Contrasting these two visions of life, he invites us past the sickness of contemporary life into a better understanding of who we are and to whom we belong.
Alan Noble (PhD, Baylor University) is associate professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University, cofounder and editor in chief of Christ and Pop Culture, and an advisor for the AND Campaign. He has written for the Atlantic, Vox, BuzzFeed, The Gospel Coalition, Christianity Today, and First Things. He is also the author of Disruptive Witness.
". . . the success of You Are Not Your Own lies in Noble's winsome, even pastoral way of combining incisive cultural analysis with historic Christian teaching while bringing both to bear on the church's role in society. . . . Noble's book stands as a vital wake-up call for anyone suffering under the delusion that they belong to themselves."-- Timothy Kleiser, Christianity Today Four-Star Review, October 19, 2021
"Alan Noble . . . wants Christians to take a step back and examine our idea of freedom. Noble doesn't want our culture to co-opt freedom. Rather, he wants us to get back to the Biblical freedom Christ talks about."-- Tyler Huckabee, Relevant, February 4, 2022
" You Are Not Your Own is a book that will challenge you, bless you and maybe even change you if you wish to make that change. . . . It takes a non-traditional approach to living in our world where we often see the mindset of belonging solely to oneself as self-actualizing Noble's alternative is shocking, eye-opening and lights a fire inside you!"-- Abby Asencio, Presbyterian Outlook, January 21, 2022
"Easily one of my favorite books this year. Noble identifies and picks apart the underlying assumptions of how we think about our identity. . . . Self-belonging leads to burnout, anxiety, depression, and injustice. Belonging to God, a life contingent upon his grace, engenders freedom, hope, and love."-- Todd Brewer, Mockingbird Top Theology Book of 2021 List, December 29, 2021
"Overall, You Are Not Your Own is one of the most compelling, insightful, and wise books I have read in a long while, and I am eager to get it into the hands of friends and loved onesboth those who believe they belong to themselves, and those who know they belong to Christ but still live in a society founded on the lie that they are their own."-- Emily G. Wenneborg, Front Porch Republic, October 11, 2021
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