#376…sci., RELIG., etc.: “Letting go of the ‘Self'”

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller¹

is a worthy (and brief–3 chs.) read for Christians with little time for such adventures…


   But first a preamble…



   Loving anyone as “oneself” (Lk. 10:27) implies two things:


(1)  Believing other people are important.

(2)  Believing one’s self is important.


[Time for a more’s through the Door.]





   But as almost always, the context of a Bible passage needs to be considered. And other moral concerns need to be considered.

   Again, two things:


(1)  Just above “loving one’s neighbor” comes the biggie: loving God comes first.

(2)  Some kind of self-love is okay.


   That said, let me offer a weakly crafted review: Why? It simply identifies the endorsements and chapter titles that the publisher and author wants out there. But it–accurately–says what I want to say quickly.


   “Tim Keller knows that personal freedom is only ever found in viewing yourself from the vantage point of the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Read and experience that freedom for yourself.


President of Paul Trip Ministries


   “In this helpful little book, Dr. Keller paints a compelling picture of a truly gospel-humble person who is so taken up with his Lord that he is freed from the constant need to think about himself. We were challenged by it: we pray that you will be too


The Cornhill Training Course, London


   “An excellent little piece. This is a truly liberating book for anyone who’s ever worried about what others think of them or been caught up in conflict. You’ll find your life explained and then put on the path to freedom.


Author and Director of The Porterbrook Institute”



Intro.      The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

Chapt. 1  The Natural Condition Of The Human Ego

Chapt. 2  The Transformed View of Self

Chapt. 3  How To Get That Transformed View of Self


   Now just a few of my words: Here’s a provocative look at St Paul (taken from 1 Cor. 3 & 4). There’s poignant wisdom from the entertainer, Madonna. And there’s on-target observation of the movement of the classic realistic and accepted “low esteem” of the masses to the modern expected and demanded “high esteem” that’s often unearned and unmerited.

   The ideas of this book have stuck with me since I mentioned it several weeks ago.


  ¹ Timothy Keller, The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness (10Publishing, 2012, a division of 10ofThose Limited; ISBN: 9781906173418, eISBN 9781906173654). Easily available on Amazon.

Author: John Knapp