The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

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The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness Book Summary


‘What are the marks of a supernaturally changed heart?’ 

This is one of the questions the Apostle Paul addresses as he writes to the church in Corinth. He’s not after some superficial outward tinkering, but instead a deep–rooted, life–altering change that takes place on the inside. In an age where pleasing people, puffing up your ego and building your résumé are seen as the methods to ‘make it’, the Apostle Paul calls us to find true rest in blessed self–forgetfulness. 
In this short and punchy book, best–selling author Timothy Keller, shows that gospel–humility means we can stop connecting every experience, every conversation with ourselves and can thus be free from self–condemnation. A truly gospel–humble person is not a self–hating person or a self–loving person, but a self–forgetful person. 

This freedom can be yours…



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The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness - Timothy Keller Reviews

  • Quick and powerful

    By Big Daddy Mas
    4
    Please read this short read and powerful reflection, then take a look around and ask ourselves, why are we missing this great gift given to us by Christ. What would this world look like if we lived the verdict not the performance? Tim Keller is quickly becoming my favorite faith author!
  • Great On Our Identity in Christ

    By KAT5349
    5
    I liked this book so much that I bought a hard copy for every member of my family. It explains clearly why we should not be enslaved to the opinions of others or our own twisted perception of ourselves. Only in Jesus do we truly find acceptance.
  • Our counterintuitive Lord.

    By pb22308
    5
    The only philosophy or religion that isn't "works based" and this is how we know it is from God. In life performance leads to the verdict but in Christ the verdict inspires the performance. This counterintuitive model is unique in history. Once again Tim Keller nails it succinctly and eloquently. “Do you realize that it is only in the gospel of Jesus Christ that you get the verdict before the performance? The atheist might say that they get their self-image from being a good person. They are a good person and they hope that eventually they will get a verdict that confirms that they are a good person. Performance leads to the verdict. For the Buddhist too, performance leads to the verdict. If you are a Muslim, performance leads to the verdict. All this means that every day, you are in the courtroom, every day you are on trial. That is the problem. But Paul is saying that in Christianity, the verdict leads to performance” Excerpt From: Keller, Timothy. “The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness.”
  • Artist

    By Bradley Banks
    5
    Any Christian struggling with self worth or value should definitely read this book. Not only does it point out the root of the issue but it also helps your overcome yourself in everyday environments.
  • Thoughtful

    By sbrown9479
    5
    A short read that challenges your ideas about self-esteem and how one views him or herself. I recognized a lot of these traps and have a framework to start pushing back on these faulty ideals.
  • The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

    By Mchtimes
    5
    Wonderful book, very helpful, it will truly open your eyes to walk in Godly humility.
  • Answers the self-esteem issue

    By MsNNC
    5
    I am exhausted waiting for that feeling that I was enough. But it was never about me and I already have that stamp of being approved. Now I understand.
  • Great-short-helpful-read

    By Calmoner
    5
    This little book is so helpful to all of us who breath American culture. If your in it you sometimes can't tell you are until a book like this pulls you out for a moment. Gospel application at its finest! I'll read it again and buy copies for others!
  • The power of *grace*

    By Gysele
    5
    This is a such beautiful and liberating book! Timothy Keller is a blessing to many people and his teachings NEVER disappoint. Read this if you want to be free from people's critics, even your own.
  • Another Solid Resource From Keller

    By MKWick
    4
    I downloaded this book onto my school-purchased iPhone for several reasons: 1. Tim Keller - I enjoyed reading The Prodigal God, watching The Gospel of Life, and listening to numerous sermon clips and interviews of his. 2. The Subtitle - Sometimes I struggle finding joy in tasks that God has required me to do, but I want to rejoice always. 3. Cost - The book was under a buck so I couldn't pass it up. The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness consists of four short chapters, and I was able to finish the book on a bus ride home from work. Chapter one is called The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, chapter two is entitled The Natural Condition Of The Human Ego, chapter three is The Transformed View Of Self, and the final chapter is How To Get That Transformed View Of Self. Chapter one opens up with two immensely important questions: 1. "What are the marks of a heart that has been radically changed by the grace of God?" 2. "If we trust in Christ, what should our hearts be like?" In The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness, Pastor Keller focuses on a section of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians: 1 Cor. 3:21-4:7. In this passage we are shown that the church in Corinth is divided due to pride and boasting. Like the Corinthians, we often look at ourselves too highly. This is something I have done all too frequently and something I continue to battle. Additionally, many people are on the other side of the spectrum and feel they suffer from a low self-esteem. We help people to combat this by telling them they are somebody; however, this is totally the wrong approach. We cannot build ourselves up by meeting our own standards or society's standards. This doesn't work. Apart from Christ, we will never be satisfied with ourselves. Our ego always desires more, and we get hurt in the process. We constantly desire to accomplish more in order to feel like we're somebody important. God expects us to deny ourselves and look to Him. God is to be our audience, not the world. We must seek to bring attention to our Awesome God and not to ourselves. The only way we can do this is by looking to the finished work of Christ on the cross. It is He who declares us innocent so we can live this life full of joy and be prepared for a life of pure joy in Heaven. If you are looking for a quick read that is biblically sound, I recommend Keller's book to you. Pastor Keller preaches to a few thousand intellectuals in Manhattan every Sunday yet his book can be understood by those new to the faith. The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness does not use complex theological terms, and deep thoughts and discussions should result from reading the book. Although I still struggle to find joy in some daily tasks, reading Keller's book is a great reminder of how I should be thinking. At the back of the book you will find a few thoughts and questions for reflection, end notes, and a list of Keller's books.

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