1. Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself
    Joe Thorn
    Crossway / 2011 / Trade Paperback
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  1. Dave Jenkins
    Caldwell, Idaho
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Gospel-Guided Smart Bomb
    June 1, 2011
    Dave Jenkins
    Caldwell, Idaho
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
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    Note to Self: The Disciple of Preaching to Yourself is written by Joe Thorn, the founding and lead Pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in Saint Charles, Illinois. There is much good conversation in in the blogosphere today about "preaching the Gospel to oneself". Joe Thorn noticed this conversation but then went beyond just thinking about "preaching the Gospel to himself" but started to ask, "What does preaching the Gospel to oneself mean? and, "How do the people of God preach the Gospel to oneself?"

    Note to Self is a very well-written easy-to-read book. Each chapter explores a different topic but the focus of each chapter is personal, biblical, theological and practical as Joe preaches the gospel to himself and the reader gets to see how he practices what he preaches. A good writer engages his reader and draws them into the topic he/she is discussing. Joe Thorn does this in a way that points to the truths of Scripture and draws the reader to discover what it means to implement preaching the Gospel to oneself. Dr. Ray Ortlund rightly describes this book as a "gospel-guided smart bomb scoring a direct hit on our strongholds of emptiness."

    The book is divided into three parts: the first part explores the Gospel and God. Part two describes the Gospel and others, and the final part is the Gospel and you. Reading a book like Note to Self is always challenging and convicting. This book in particular will challenge you to implement what you believe into your everyday life. This book will challenge your apathy and confront your stubbornness and pride with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

    It is not often that I read a book that is so well-written but so concise, focused, but yet biblical, deeply theological, and saturated in and by the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm thankful for the example Joe has given in Note to Self on how to preach the Gospel to myself. I plan on keeping this book on my desk to turn to often.

    Note to Self is one of the most important books published this year and perhaps in the last several years in my opinion. I say this because it addresses a topic that is currently undergoing much discussion, and this book will lead that conversation on preaching the Gospel forward in significant ways by causing the discussion to not just be theoretical but now to be aimed primarily on application. Joe Thorn has written the definitive book on "preaching the Gospel to oneself."

    Note to Self is a book I encourage every Christian to read. It would be a great gift for any Bible college or seminary student or even one of the elders, deacons or Pastor(s) at your local church. I encourage you to pick up Note to Self and learn how to preach the Gospel to yourself so that you may grow in depth of insight in the glorious truths of the Gospel.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Crossway as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commision's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. Sandy
    Seattle, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Powerful and life changing
    April 20, 2012
    Sandy
    Seattle, WA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
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    I've never been a devotional reader...but if this is considered a devotional, then I've been converted. This is not your "feel good" book. It is a powerful, hard hitting, soul-searching study...packed into incredibly short yet concise and complete messages. What a great way to start or end a day...or just read and devour the messages as they prompt you to allow the Lord to work on your heart. Tremendous insight into Scripture and into both the ugly and beautiful parts of life and human nature. Powerful.
  3. Walter Walkowski
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I'll be reading this again
    February 28, 2012
    Walter Walkowski
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    This book represents some of the best devotional material I have ever read. Joe Thorn writes simply, powerfully and personally and connects with both head and heart. I have finished the book, but am already looking forward to reading it again.
  4. Sam
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Note to Self
    May 31, 2017
    Sam
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    Joe Thorn's book, Note to Self, has completely changed the way I journal during my private devotional time. Looking at Scripture this way makes it very personal, and when I write a note to myself about what God is saying to me, I find myself going over those thoughts throughout the day. I highly recommend this book.
  5. Kevin M. Fiske
    Joliet, IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    REVIEW: Note To Self
    May 28, 2011
    Kevin M. Fiske
    Joliet, IL
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
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    Feelings are like rollercoasters. We feel up, down, upside down, or all twisted up. Within the span of a few moments, depending on our circumstances, our feelings can span nearly the entire range of human emotion. And for some, feelings can be very strong. Indeed so strong that we have the tendency, at times, to embrace a self-constructed view of reality based on what we feel at a given moment. This can be especially true within the Christian life. As Christians, we often fall into the deceitful trap of our own feelings; coming to the false conclusion that our standing before God, or God's perception of us, is based on how we feel at a particular point in time.

    Thankfully, every so often a voice is raised calling us away from the instability of our feelings and emotions to the solid and stable ground of God's written Word. Deitrich Bonheoffer was one such voice. In his classic, Life Together, published in 1954, Bonhoeffer wrote:

    the Christian is the man who no longer seeks his salvation, his deliverance, his justification in himself, but in Jesus Christ alone. He knows that God's Word in Jesus Christ pronounces him guilty, even when he does not feel his guilt, and God's Word in Jesus Christ pronounces him not guilty and righteous, even when he does not feel that he is righteous at all. The Christian no longer lives of himself, by his own claims and his own justification, but by God's claims and God's justification. He lives wholly by God's Word pronounced upon him, whether that Word declares him guilty or innocent. (p. 22)

    In the next decade, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones followed with his classic, Spiritual Depression, writing:

    Feelings must be engaged. They are meant to be involved. [Yet] our danger is to submit ourselves to our feelings and to allow them to dictate to us, to govern and to master us and to control the whole of our lives...[However] I must never ask myself in the first instance: What do I feel about this? The first question is, Do I believe it? Do I accept it, has it gripped me?...We must not concentrate overmuch upon our feelings. Do not spend too much time feeling your own pulse taking your own spiritual temperature, do not spend too much time analyzing your feelings. That is the high road to morbidity. (pp. 110, 112, 115)

    Truthfully, the Christian is first and foremost the person God has declared him to be based on the finished, substitutionary atoning work of Jesus Christ. Because we have a bad habit of either thinking the glorious truth of the gospel is only for unbelievers or, as believers, forgetting what God has done for us in Christ, we must grow in our discipline of preaching God's Word to ourselves on a daily basis.

    Joe Thorn, pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, IL, in his recent book, Note To Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself (Crossway, 2011), has taken what Bonhoeffer and Lloyd-Jones have articulated, and practically addresses how the truth of God's Word in the gospel applies to the believer's relationship with God, others, and himself.

    Introducing the reader to the importance of preaching both the God's law (convicting us of our sin) and God's gospel (convicting us of our righteousness in Christ alone) daily, Thorn creatively accomplishes the development of the discipline of preaching daily to one's self through a series of short, journal-like entries addressed "Dear Self..." Defining the discipline of preaching to yourself as, "the personal act of applying the law and gospel to our own lives with the aim of experiencing the transforming grace of God leading to ongoing faith, repentance, and greater godliness" (p. 24), Thorn helps the reader see how the gospel truly and deeply applies to every area of life from personal theology to relationships to one's work ethic and more.

    Note To Self is theologically rich, gospel saturated, Christ exalting and thoroughly practical. Thorn does an exemplary job of articulating the riches and realities of the gospel in powerfully gracious and pastorally sensitive punches. As well, the brevity of each devotional-like entry allows the book to be read quickly, while inviting the reader back to work through it repeatedly. Moreover, the format and flow of the book would make it an excellent resource for family or community group discussion/study.

    I can say, without hesitation, that Note To Self will be a book that I both read and recommend regularly! It is a book that is well written and readily applicable for both the new believer and those who have been following Christ for years. Furthermore, Note To Self is a book that can even help those skeptical of the gospel effectively encounter the message of God's saving power in a clear and compelling way.

    I highly recommend Note To Self, by Joe Thorn!

    *The publisher, at no charge, for the purpose of review, provided a copy of this book. I was under no obligation to write a favorable review.
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