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The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness [Kindle Edition]

Timothy Keller
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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 yourself. --Paul David Tripp

'An excellent little piece. This is a truly liberating book for anyone who's ever worried about what other think of them or been caught up in conflict. You'll find your life explained and then put on the path to freedom." --Tim Chester, Author and Director of The Porterbrook Institute

'An excellent little piece. This is a truly liberating book for anyone who's ever worried about what other think of them or been caught up in conflict. You'll find your life explained and then put on the path to freedom." --Tim Chester, Author and Director of The Porterbrook Institute

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‘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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 266 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: 10Publishing (6 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007WU2S5Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,525 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Timothy Keller is senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, Manhattan: and New York Times bestselling author of The Reason for God. He is also author of Counterfeit Gods and The Prodigal God book, film, and discussion guide.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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In former days, comments Tim Keller, it was generally assumed that the root of evil was pride: having too important a view of oneself.
By contrast, nowadays it is often reckoned that the root of evil is having too low a view of oneself; and therefore much time and money is spent building up the self-esteem of people who, for whatever reason, count themselves worthless.

But in this short book (46 pages; really just an expanded sermon, and drawing considerable wisdom from CS Lewis) Keller says that neither of these approaches ultimately gives a solution. Taking verses from 1 Corinthians, he shows that high self-esteem and low self-esteem are both, in different ways, a form of pride. The thing that brings freedom is what he calls 'gospel humility'.

The 'gospel-humble' person is neither a self-hating person, not a self-loving person, but a self-forgetful person who peacefully entrusts himself to God as his judge, depending on the redeeming power of the Cross of Jesus Christ.

Because of its short length the book is not regaled with real-life stories of people with self-esteem issues. That has the virtue of keeping it succinct; however for some it may make it seem less accessible.

Nevertheless I can imagine this book being helpful for those who feel trapped in the 'depths', particularly if it were read with a gentle, loving Christian friend who can help apply the principles. But, as always with this kind of thing, the best time to read it or give it to others would be as 'preventative medicine', letting God's word shape our world-view, change our hearts, and bring peace to us and to others.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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The chaps at 10 of Those have taken the initiative to produce a number of shorter and cheaper, but decent quality, booklets, and the first of these are now out. There's a brief introduction to the doctrine of The Cross by Andrew Sach and Steve Jeffery (well-qualified to write on this having worked on the mammoth but important Pierced for our transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution). The other is this wonderful new outing from Tim Keller. Largely based on a sermon Keller preached at Redeemer in New York 10 years ago, it is only £2.99 including postage and a quick read at less than 50 pages. [Seeing as you have to pay to download that particular talk anyway, you might as well choose to pay for whichever medium suits you best!]

But I'm very pleased this is out in print now, simply because it gets to the heart of such a crucial contemporary issue: the power of the Ego. Not that the Ego is a brand new problem, of course - it's just that, as so often, we've derided and therefore rejected the ways of the ancients in dealing with it. This booklet contains all the hallmarks of a Keller treatment: close attention to the details of the text (in this case, a handling of 1 Corinthians 3:21-4:7), explicit debts to the thought of C S Lewis, an appreciation of how contemporary thinking is developing and shifting, as well as a vital understanding of real people's pastoral needs.

I was particularly struck by Keller's analysis of the apostle's image of the heart being `puffed up', a metaphor related to a bellows.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read For All Believers 17 Feb 2013
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So much Christianity nowadays is all about 'me'. This book helps us to become free to be who we are in God's eyes. It helps to free us from our past - our sins and our being sinned against - so we can move forward and live now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 26 Mar 2013
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A short, concise, but powerful book that puts the whole self image issue in perspective. A book to read and then spend some time digesting. Potentially life changing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Freedom of Self Forgetfulness 13 Mar 2013
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Very thought provoking. The book reminds us that it is only when we are not obsessing about ourselves that we can truly experience abundant life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended 6 Mar 2013
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This is a very helpful little book, encouraging for all Christians to recognise the need to be set free to live fully for Christ.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A new way of viewing 'self' 20 Feb 2013
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Taking the 'self' out of self-esteem, Tim Keller describes true spiritual humility perfectly. A book suitable for soul seekers of any faith.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Pithy, short and to the point! Keep it next to your Bible. I may be the only one, but I keep coming back to this. Mr Keller is an excellent Christian writer, unreservedly recommend you read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This book delivered an extremely powerful message yet in a ...
This book delivered an extremely powerful message yet in a such a simple way! It really has helped me to change my thinking. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
Another excellent book by Tim Keller. Had been recommended by a friend, and only took about 2 hours to read.
Published 19 days ago by Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Turn over concepts
Good short read but with a long impact. Completely turns the reader around it thier thinking and needs reading a couple of times
Published 24 days ago by robert chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars Foundation challenging and shaping
a fantastic book that challenges our core foundations. what do we build our lives on? in what do we find hope, perspective, meaning, security and aspiration. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Willoughby
5.0 out of 5 stars captivating and empowering read
powerful book over all. provides much food for thought. I have grown some what and am continually growing rather rapidly having contemplated the contents of this deep, yet 'to the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sophia Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Book
This is another excellent book by Tim Keller and thought provoking, biblically sound and challenging.

I recommend this book which is short but says what it needs to.
Published 1 month ago by Bob Silvester
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick but worthwhile read
Summed up by this quote: "The secret lies not in thinking more of myself, or less of myself, but thinking of myself less".
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Ebling
5.0 out of 5 stars PERSPECTIVE - excellent message well conveyed
A good short read. Bible focused. Gospel focused. Very applicable. I hope many more will live daily in the grace of god as a result of reading the freeing text. Good work Keller.
Published 2 months ago by mike
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful Sermon on How to View the Self
Keller's "book" The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness is a short, 3 chapter work looking at what it means to have real freedom in Christ. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. T. E. Rochester
5.0 out of 5 stars Very short but valuable insights
Little book but full of truth and insight. Reads like it is one of Keller's sermons but we'll worth studying.
Published 2 months ago by Ivor Marshall
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