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Being mindful about who you are and what you are doing isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Evaluating yourself is necessary and can lead to positive change – but what about the dark side of introspection? Do you ever feel weighed down and exhausted by your own self-analysis? Perhaps you made a mistake, said a careless word, or even messed up big time. Now you can’t get it out of your mind. Your mind circles around the event, trying to somehow make the outcome different – so that you don’t feel embarrassment, shame, and regret.
In Think Again, Pastor Jared Mellinger, a self-confessed struggler with introspection, holds out the hope of the gospel for those who, like him, overdose on introspection. Only truly understanding the gospel can rescue us from false guilt, fruitless self-examination, and self-accusation. The only long-term solution to thinking too much about ourselves is when our attention is drawn away from ourselves and Jesus fills our mind’s eye.
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
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Mommynificent5 Stars Out Of 5Finally someone understands and can help!May 1, 2017MommynificentQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0This book is very readable - full of stories, wit, and humor - and it is also very powerful! I hesitate to use the term "life-changing" flippantly, but if I apply what I read in this book, it will be nothing short of that.
I have always struggled against the pull of the dangerous vortex of self-analysis, but people I've opened up to about this struggle have never been able to grasp the seriousness of what I experience. Some laugh it off as my personality, others smile and tell me to just stop thinking about it, but most just look at me blankly.
I'm so glad I agreed to review an ARC of this book! Opening this book was like a breath of fresh air! Finally someone understood. And he not only understood, but he didn't doom me to staying this way because it's "how I'm wired" or assume I could just turn it off like a simple light switch.
If you've ever suffered from over-analyzing your actions and motives or if you sense someone you love might struggle with this, I highly recommend you read this book! It will help you begin to understand why your or your loved one's mind works this way and how much of it is rooted in sinful selfishness. The author is kind in his explanations as a fellow-sufferer though; I never felt judged or condemned but rather diagnosed by someone who had found some remedies and wanted to share them.
I felt the author fabulously accomplished his purpose of showing me the sin that has been sending me into the vortex of introspection and immediately pointing me toward the stunning gospel of grace.
Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5great read!April 29, 2017Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Think Again: relief from the burden of introspection" is a great read. We are constantly analyzing ourselves, how we are as a mother, a wife, a friend, how we look, how we are perceived by others. Jared shares personal stories as well as Biblical accounts throughout this book to help the reader work through exploring how her views of herself and self-analysis are impacting her life. I really enjoyed the section that Jared shared about "selfies" and how this and social media play such a huge role in today's society.While some view selfies as a reflection of narcissism, some see them as reflecting self-esteem and a way of exploring how one feel's about herself. Being constantly hard on ourselves can drag us down and leave us never happy with ourselves. Jared helps each of us work through our thoughts and how we think about ourselves. Each chapter end with questions to think about and reflect upon to help apply and really make changes in our thinking and how we live.
Mandy3 Stars Out Of 5A Good Tool for Those Struggling with Intense IntrospectionApril 24, 2017MandyQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Think Again provides great encouragement to seek balance in our thoughts, just as we ought to in other areas of our lives. This, along with focusing primarily on Jesus and not ourselves, are the main themes. Think Again challenged me to evaluate how much I focus inwardly and what effects that introspection has on my life. Reading it was, in part, a lesson in humility. It reminded me how much joy comes from thinking of Jesus and others, even in, or especially in, times of my own struggles. (I received a free copy of Think Again in exchange for a review.)
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Think Again ~ Jared MellingerApril 23, 2017debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 0The title of this book is exactly what it teaches you, think again and stop looking at yourself and look at Christ....follow Christ, HE leads us to a better life. Jared talks about his own feelings and then explains how to lean on GOD and not yourself. He covers many topics of self reflection, guilt, integrity, value, destiny, joy, peace, grace and so much more. Each chapter covers different feelings and daily experiences with back up of scripture and questions for you to re-think again about what GOD is doing in your life, it's not all about you!
I would recommend this book to any ages for anyone that really wants to be able to get rid off those feelings of no self worth. It is a book that you can read once and re-read and get a different outcome. Good book and easy to read.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Litfuse. 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Biblical answers for those plagued with introspectionApril 19, 2017bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 4We sometimes get caught up in self-examination, false guilt, and discouragement. We might be overly sensitive to the criticism of others. We get trapped in the swirling thoughts of unhealthy introspection.
Mellinger has written this book to help those caught under that burden. Self inspection is commended in the Bible but for a purpose, not to the extreme some get trapped into doing. Using the example of his own life, he helps us understand what it means to truly know our self and how we are to think of our self. He offers practical suggestions for biblical evaluation and great strategies for breaking free of false guilt.
I was impressed with Mellinger reminding us that the Bible tells us more about ourselves than we could ever learn looking within. He helps us learn how to evaluate ourselves correctly, realizing the purpose God intended for the discipline.
This is a practical book. Mellinger gives good suggestions as to how to control our thoughts and where we are to set them. I really like his emphasis on thinking away from ourselves, such as to worship and the beauty of God's creation. We are to look outside ourselves, to others and to Christ.
I highly recommend this book to those burdened with too much introspection. One of Satan's strategies for keeping us in sin is to get us to think excessively about our sin. Mellinger's book is a great resource to getting out of that situation. He includes questions for discussion in each chapter so this would be a good book to read with a trusted friend or group.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Litfuse. My comments are an independent and honest review.