13 October 2012

Book Review: The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness (2012) is a very short by Tim Keller and each of the 48 pages is packed with meaning.  He is focusing on 1 Corinthians 3:21-4:7.  Early in the book, he wrote, "Up until the twentieth century, traditional cultures (and this is still true of most cultures in the world) always believed that too high a view of yourself was the root cause of all the evil in the world. What is the reason for most of the crime and violence in the world? Why are people abused? Why are people cruel? Why do people do the bad things they do? Traditionally, the answer was hubris--the Greek word meaning pride or too high a view of yourself. Traditionally, that was the reason given for why people misbehave."  He then moves on to show that so much of our difficulty is grounded in the idea that we are able to live life without God.  It is only 99 cents on Kindle.  It will take you less than an hour to read.  Both are good investments.

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