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How to Find Yourself: Why Looking Inward Is Not the Answer (English Edition) Versión Kindle
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"Vuelva a intentarlo"
A Christian Answer to the Identity Angst of Our Culture
In the 21st-century West, identity is everything. Never has it been more important, culturally speaking, to know who you are and remain true to yourself. Expressive individualism—the belief that looking inward is the way to find yourself—has become the primary approach to identity formation, and questioning anyone’s “self-made self” is often considered a threat or attack.
Prompted by his own past crisis of identity, Brian Rosner challenges the status quo by arguing that, while knowing yourself is of some value, it cannot be the sole basis for one’s identity. He provides an approach to identity formation that leads to a more stable and satisfying sense of self. This approach looks outward to others—acknowledging that we are social beings—and looks upward to God to find a self who is intimately known and loved by him. How to Find Yourself equips readers from a variety of backgrounds to engage sympathetically with some of the most pressing questions of our day.
- Challenges the Status Quo: Examines and critiques expressive individualism—the leading strategy for identity formation
- Gospel-Centered: Identifies an approach to identity formation in Jesus’s life story and God’s personal knowledge of his children
- Accessible: Helpful for a wide audience of laypeople, students, and church leaders
- Foreword by Carl R. Trueman: Opens with a message from the author of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self
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Biografía del autor
Brian Rosner (PhD, Cambridge) is principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. He previously taught at the University of Aberdeen and Moore Theological College. Rosner is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity. He is married to Natalie and has four children.
Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College. He is a contributing editor at First Things, an esteemed church historian, and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Trueman has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including The Creedal Imperative; Luther on the Christian Life; and Histories and Fallacies. He is a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.--Este texto se refiere a la edición paperback.
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- ASIN : B09GYWB3WB
- Editorial : Crossway (5 mayo 2022)
- Idioma : Inglés
- Tamaño del archivo : 3188 KB
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- Notas adhesivas : En Kindle Scribe
- Longitud de impresión : 237 páginas
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I’ll be recommending it to friends. I listened to the audiobook as read by the author and highlighted the kindle after listening to each chapter. The audiobook was very well read, and as the author is an Australian, it didn’t suffer from sounding unusual to have another voice speaking Australian-isms
I’ve read books on identity formation to better understand who I am/could be as well as trying to understand others. From the MBTI to the Enneagram, etc., which can be compartmentalized from the secular to say a bit esoteric, from vocational to associative viewpoints, personal experience, etc. I have also taken college classes in identity formation which addressed that topic in a more developmental, secular way (regardless of good or bad outcomes for an individual), so to find this work both interesting and pertinent attests to its’ potential value for readers (IMO) who take their time and evaluate with an open mind.
While those with a strictly secular view may reject what this book has to offer, I encourage anyone interested in the topic to consider reading and evaluating the material in this book. I give it a solid 4/5 stars leaving room for improvement in some areas, but it remains a well written work towards the end goal the author is trying to fulfill.
I believe it serves well in examining oneself as to how their identity has manifested and may continue to develop given where they are today, considering what changes can be made whether they are a believer or not. I think parts of a person’s identity can be changed to better serve the individual, their relationships and society to improve outcomes versus the more negative outcomes we see in the secular world playing out today. That is perhaps the potential this work has to offer.
As I read through the beginning chapters of this book which are focused on defining how Western society thinks about identity formation, I learned so much. I had heard so many of the expressions like "be true to yourself," "follow your heart," or "you do you." I've seen the importance given to being "authentic." I recognized that so much just didn't feel right about this way of thinking. I wondered if my uncomfortableness was just a result of needing to adjust to cultural differences? I felt like I just didn't have time to philosophize about these deeper-life issues. I had to figure out the nuts and bolts of making a living and being an American in America again. This book helped me to slow down and think more deeply about the ideas behind what I was hearing people say around me. As the author points out, it is much more than just a cultural shift, though that is certainly part of it. It is a shift away from the humility and selflessness of being a follower of Jesus.
I sometimes have difficulty sticking with a book like this. That was not the case here. The author is vulnerable in sharing his own struggles and his quotes for secular and christian media help to keep the readers interest. All quotes are footnoted at the bottom of the page. I like that better than at the end of a chapter or, worse yet, in the back of the book. The book is divided into for sections: Looking For Yourself, You Are A Social Being, You Are Your Story, and The New You. There is a general index and a scriptural index in the back of the book that help an old guy like me to find what I don't quite remember.
I honestly think that, though this iBook is written by an Australian, every American should read it. (Probably every Westerner or everyone who watches American movies or television shows).
- 5 test on "the good life" according to the self-made self (looking within to find meaning in life).
- The limitations of only looking within yourself to find meaning in life.
- 2 reasons why we need to look at the Bible to find personal identity.
- Longings each human has that the world cannot fully satisfy.
- We cannot know who we are until we recognize what we are.
- Regardless of how independent we appear to be, we are influenced by other people (no one person is an island into him/herself).
- While human relationships are very important, our relationships with others will be imperfect.
- The limitations of secular materialism and social justice.
- Why only Jesus Christ truly satisfies us when we submit our lives to Him.
- Looking to Jesus Christ for our true identity.
What I liked about the book:
- Many good relevant topics are covered.
- Book is easy to read and understand and flows smoothly from chapter to chapter.
- The author writes from a decidedly Christian perspective.
- The author does not belittle peoples' attempts to find meaning in life.
- While the author acknowledges there is some value in looking within ourselves and our human relationships, both also have limitations.
The only criticism I have is similar to what I've noticed in similar books - why do people spend so much time looking for meaning in life? While it's natural to do so, I really believe part of the problem is the lack of trust in our society today brought on by greed, selfishness, abuse, etc. especially in those with authority (government, business, church, etc.). With recent scandals (including one within my own church denomination - some Southern Baptist churches using authority to abuse people sexually, spiritually, physically, etc. ), we do not, compared with earlier generations, trust authority nearly as much as years past. I say this because earlier generations found part of their identity in trustworthy authority who set expectations and standards of good behavior and morals.
Granted, there will always be the Judges 21:25 mentality ("everyone did what was right in their own eyes") around, but with less trustworthy authority, people are tempted even more to look within for meaning in life. The author of this title did touch on this some, but I believe he could have pushed more on this area.
Comment aside, still a great read and will be read again. Recommended.
Brian Rosner had his own identity crisis over twenty years ago and has thought deeply about what defines a person and what makes them happy. Should you Follow Your Heart? Be Yourself? Or Look Inward?
This book has a brief explanation of narcissism which is a lot different than healthy self-love. I would however strongly disagree that most people are ordinary! Everyone is unique and designed for a special purpose. Everyone seems to have their own personality!
Brian Rosner is an astute observer of human nature and culture and sees where things are going wrong. Some of the question this book answers include:
What is the ancient secret for identity formation?
What are the four universal human longings of the heart?
What does human happiness depend on?
Why should we car about how other people see us?
What is the key to feeling good about yourself?
One of the things in this book I however did not agree with was the sentence: "You are not the product of your own conscious deliberations and choice." I personally have found I am! You would probably agree that you are where your thoughts have taken you.
However, this book will help you understand yourself and others you know or meet online. This book describes what people need to feel whole and complete and if you've ever had an identity crisis this book will guide you to a more fulfilling life. If you are just curious about the topic of identity, this will give you a lot to think about! I loved it!
~The Rebecca Review