Think Again by Jared Mellinger

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Evaluating yourself—being mindful of who you are and what you are doing—is necessary and can lead to positive change.

But what about the dark side of introspection? Do you ever feel weighed down and exhausted by your own self-analysis? Perhaps you made a mistake, said a careless word, or even messed up big time. Your self-examination spirals into a full-blown cross-examination. You keep revisiting what happened. Your mind circles around the event, fruitlessly trying to somehow make the outcome different so you don’t feel the embarrassment, shame, and regret.

The modern self-esteem movement has left us empty and self-focused. We exhaust our healthy introspection and pervert it into constant self-evaluation, wrong views of ourselves, self-accusation, and false guilt. Introspection was never meant to bear such weight.

Think Again offers real relief from the burden of introspection that so many of us carry each day. Pastor Jared Mellinger, who tends to overdose on self-analysis himself, shows us how the hope of the gospel can rescue us from the bad fruit of unsound introspection. Mellinger’s short, story-filled chapters help readers identify and turn away from unhealthy introspection.

There is an outward-focused God who delights to rescue an inward-focused people and lead them into a better way to live. When we truly understand it, we’ll see that the gospel actually sets us free from thinking about ourselves too much. We can seek after and pray for the peace and joy—the sanity—that comes from thinking about ourselves less often. Think Again includes practical instructions for self-examination, fighting false guilt, breaking free from hyper-introspection, and more. Ultimately, Think Again demonstrates that the solution to thinking too much about ourselves is to look to Christ, and it gives readers the tools to begin to turn from the mirror.

Learn more, purchase a copy, and read a sample here.

My Thoughts

I am a fairly introverted person so, of course, introspection is something I do quite a bit.  I said something to someone.  Then the questioning and overthinking begins – Did I say the right thing?  Could I have worded it better?  What actually really *did* I say? What did they think of me?  I bet they were thinking ____.  Any other introspects around here?  Do you not totally get that??  It can be super frustrating because the mind is always wondering, questioning.  I really appreciate this book’s focus on our focus… To shift it off of ourselves and onto the One who deserves our full focus and glory.  I personally know the times in my life when I have felt the most freedom and fulfillment are the times when I was focused on helping and serving other.

Our society is so big on everything is about me, myself, and I.  We tell ourselves that we don’t take enough time for ourselves.  We don’t put ourselves first.  We don’t love ourselves enough.  While I think of course all of those things have their place (taking time out to refresh ourselves, making sure we have our basic needs met, and not practicing self-hatred), I think, as Christians, we would be a WHOLE lot more happier, more joyful, and more content when we get the focus off of me, me, me, and onto Him, the One who knows us better than we know ourselves!

I really am enjoying this book!!  If you have moment of too much introspection or you know someone who does, I’d recommend buying this book or checking it out of a library.  Your peace of mind – and your heart – will thank you.

*I was given a copy for free through Litfuse.  I was not required to give a positive review and the opinions and views expressed are my own.

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