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The Gift of Being Yourself (Book Review)

Book: The Gift of Being Yourself
Author: David Benner
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From Publishers Weekly:

In contrast to other books filled with drive-through pop psychology and sound-bite spirituality, Benner, a psychologist and spiritual director, offers an impressively deep and challenging introduction to Christian self-discovery in a little more than 100 pages. The foundational premise is that true knowledge of God and true knowledge of oneself are inextricably intertwined. For those who view such an approach as simply an accommodation to our culture’s obsession with self, Benner provides a multitude of quotes from historic, respected theologians such as Augustine and John Calvin. He offers a clear and practical outline for those seeking to begin the lifelong process of knowing God and knowing themselves in an authentic way. As a gift to Christian counselors everywhere, Benner explains the difference between authentic self-discovery and most psychological approaches. Without mentioning names, he uses the stories of “fallen” Christian leaders to illustrate how some Christians’ well-intentioned avoidance of self-discovery can become a deadly snare. His discussion of accepting our flaws and sins as a necessary step to transformation is a model of lucidity. Although self-knowledge is the subject, it becomes clear that transformation is the ultimate goal both of this book and of the journey it invites readers to begin.
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My Observation:

This book is definitely going to be on my “read again” list. I really enjoyed various sides to this thought-provoking. Here are a couple of my favorite quotes and ideas:

  • The best way to fulfill your calling is to be your authentic self.
  • Your calling is revealed in how God made you.
  • How to find out what to do? Mentally ask the twelve year old Jesus after being found in the temple, “What motivated you to do something like that and to know where to fulfill your calling.”
  • Don’t always assume your job equals your calling or that it has too.
  • Write out a personal mission statement about becoming the best “you” you can be.


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