• M Taylor posted an update 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    “You Are Not Your Own” by Alan Noble is a great read from a Christian perspective on living in today’s increasingly impersonal world. Just over 200 pages, the author covers many relevant topics on the subject, including:

    – Being careful about letting community define what defines meaning for each person (not talking about moral relativism, but taking control of a person’s life).

    – What society implies that you are a “fully realized human).

    – The danger of hyper-competitiveness creating barriers in human relationships.

    – Various ways we self-medicate to cope with living in our world.

    – Whom we belong to makes all the difference in the world.

    – How the trend towards individualism was kindled by abuses of power by those in authority.

    – What it means to belong to Christ.

    – Our life is significant because God created us.

    – Knowing that we are made in the image of God means we don’t have to be concerned about our image towards others.

    – Only when we live with transparency before God are we then truly ourselves (Amen to that!).

    – True rest comes from realizing that we belong to God and not ourselves (another Amen).

    – Questions to ask ourselves whether or not how much the world influences us.

    What I liked about the book:

    – While very thought-provoking, the book was relatively easy to read and understand.

    – Covers a wide variety of relevant topics in today’s world.

    – Good spiritual and practical insights (not the fluff and puff of other titles).

    About the only criticism I have is that I believe, in my humble opinion, the author should have addressed the authority abuse issue listed above that has played a part if people seeking to be even more autonomous. While the author did teach on the topic, I think that with the current political/social/religious/business environment, people seem to distrust authority than ever before.

    Comment aside, an excellent book and will read again. Recommended. I was given a review copy by IVP in exchange for a fair review and appreciate the opportunity.