It’s not about you.
And how often do I make EVERYTHING about me?
“What about me?” “Why didn’t I get…?” “Do they not like me?” “Are they talking about me?”
So much of our insecurity is rooted in self-focus, in holding a mirror up to ourselves and trying to measure our circumstances around us in that light.
But what if it weren’t about you….
This book is about so much more than insecurity, though for me, that’s a big takeaway. The idea that so much of my own insecurity could evaporate by focusing on God, and God’s plan in any given situation, is both comforting and incredibly challenging all at once. I haven’t fully digested it yet, as I just finished the book, however, I’m sure there’s life application in it somewhere!
Sharon Hodde Miller talks about seven mirrors we use to reflect our lives, when we shouldn’t be using mirrors at all. I promise the analogy will make piles of sense if you read the book for yourself, and for now you’ll just have to trust me. But I was convicted and challenged about making church about me, making my friendships about me, making my appearance about me… and more.
Culminating in how loving God sets us free, and why we were designed to love and serve others… this book was so refreshing.
It’s no wonder Ann Voskamp has said that this book “may be one of the most important truths of our time.” (according to the front cover of the book… I don’t know Ann personally, though I wish I did, and I don’t think we live too terribly far from each other……. but I am not a stalker lol.)
I digress. A lot, actually…. back on track here.
Our me-centered culture affects every area of our lives–our relationships, calling, self-image, even our faith–and it negatively impacts each one. The self-focused life robs our joy, shrinks our souls, and is the reason we get stuck in insecurity.
In Free of Me, Sharon Hodde Miller invites us into a bigger, Jesus-centered vision–one that restores our freedom and inspires us to live for more. Drawing from personal experience and Scriptural insight, Sharon helps readers
· understand how self-focus sabotages seven areas of our lives
· learn four practical steps for focusing on God and others
· experience freedom from the burden of self-focus
If you’ve been yearning for more than a self-help faith, then this paradigm-shifting message of true fulfillment is for you.
What others say about Free of Me:
“One of the best things for a healthy marriage, workplace, parent situation, or any calling is to realize the world is not orbiting around our axis. True joy is found when we realize there is a bigger story to tell. In Free of Me, Sharon paints this picture more beautifully than anyone I know.”–Jefferson Bethke, author of Love That Lasts
“Sharon spotlights the crippling disease of self-focus and shows us how to break free from its entanglements. If you want to walk in God’s life-giving truth, this book will help you do just that!”–Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author; president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
“In a culture captivated by self, this book is a must-read.”–Christine Caine, founder of A21 and Propel Women
Sources: All quotes came from the covers of the book.
Book was provided courtesy of Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. and Baker Publishing Group.