Saturday, April 22, 2017

Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection by Jared Mellinger


Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection (New Growth Press, April 2017)
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.

My Thoughts:
In a culture where we are constantly consumed with self, our personal needs and trying to continue to climb the latter, Jared takes a look at introspection, but not so much as looking at ourself to move us forward, but with the idea in mind that we need to be completely and overwhelmed with being in love with Christ. It is with that idea in mind, that we find our identity, rather than being self-absorbed, and it helps us to truly engage in what it means to follow Christ. It allows us to be people who take every thought captive unto Christ, and this book is just full of Biblical insight. Overall, I found this book to be encouraging, creative, resourceful and filled with depth. It is one that I will keep as a resource and will recommend it to those in my profession as well as to church leaders.  I give this book 4.5/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy. A favorable review was not required.
About the Author:
Jared Mellinger


Jared Mellinger joined the Covenant Fellowship Church pastoral team in 2006, upon graduating from Pastors College of Sovereign Grace Churches. He became senior pastor in 2008. Jared graduated from Kutztown University in 2001 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. He enjoys reading, rollerblading, poetry, drinking coffee, building fires, and listening to Josh Garrels. Jared is the author of Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection. He resides in Glen Mills, PA with his wife Meghan and their six children.

1 comment:

Andrew Storm said...

The hope of the Gospel can release us from so much. I know I'm guilty of being too harsh on myself. This sounds like a great book!