You Are Not Your Own: Belonging to God in an Inhuman World
ISBN: 0830847820
EAN13: 9780830847822
Language: English
Release Date: Oct 12, 2021
Pages: 232
Weight: 2 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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You are your own, and you belong to yourself. This is the fundamental assumption of modern life. And if we are our own, then it's up to us to forge our own identities and to make our lives significant. But while that may sound empowering, it turns out to be a crushing responsibility--one that never actually delivers on its promise of a free and fulfilled life, but instead leaves us burned out, depressed, anxious, and alone. This phenomenon is mapped out onto the very structures of our society, and helps explain our society's underlying disorder. But the Christian gospel offers a strikingly different vision. As the Heidelberg Catechism puts it, I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. In You Are Not Your Own, Alan Noble explores how this simple truth reframes the way we understand ourselves, our families, our society, and God. Contrasting these two visions of life, he invites us past the sickness of contemporary life into a better understanding of who we are and to whom we belong.

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   Thoughtful and timely.
Even if I never met him, I'll always appreciate his insights and writing. Not only did I find you not your own, but also my own life. This book has infiltrated much of Christianity in the US, angering some and even irredeemably wounding others. It is offensive to our desire to please ourselves, seeking our own autonomy and identity away from God, Bishop Paul told the congregation. In a passage from the book of John, Paul says, "from the imagi dei to our own free will, you are not your own."
   Just Wow!
This book is so much needed in our time, he said. It is a challenging and comforting experience. The first half of the book kind of depressed me, in an eye opening way about the reality of our advanced society, and to realize how much l am part of the problem in buying into the lie, even to this day, he said. In the last few chapters of the book, Mr. Noble provides the solution. You have to muddle through the dismal reality of our society to get to the light, he said. This is a book that should be on the best seller list right now, but because of the unapologetic truths in this book that exposes our fig leaves we have sewn for ourselves to cover our stark nakedness in this world, it won't happen. Our society cannot handle the truth, Mr. Noble said. Thanks for the call, Mr. Noble.