We 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.
You can find out more about the book and read an excerpt here.
I am taking part in a blog tour of this book and you can read other reviews here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Jared Mellinger joined the Covenant Fellowship Church pastoral team in 2006, upon graduating from Pastors College of Sovereign Grace Churches. He became senior pastor in 2008. Mellinger graduated from Kutztown University in 2001 with a B.S. in Art Education. He and his wife and their six children live in Glen Mills, PA.
New Growth Press, 192 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Litfuse. My comments are an independent and honest review.