How to Find Selfless Joy in a Me-First World

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Do You Need Greater Self-Esteem–Or Something Else Entirely?

Western culture increasingly emphasizes the importance of self-love and self-esteem. Many of us believe we must “find” ourselves–and feel good about what we see–before we can experience significant spiritual growth. Focusing so much on ourselves, however, distracts us from pursuing the only source of true fulfillment. Do we, as God’s people, really need to love ourselves more? Or is there a wiser, biblical path that can lead us to joy that is not self-centered and fleeting, but God-focused and lasting?

Challenging the current fascination with self esteem, Leslie Vernick answers these questions and others that trip up Christians today. Offering surprising insights and practical helps that can make a real difference in your life, she shows how you can experience greater personal, relational, and spiritual growth while humbly adoring and glorifying your God.
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Leslie Vernick, dcsw, acsw, lcsw, is a licensed clinical social worker who has her own private counseling practice and more than twenty years of experience counseling individuals and families from a biblical world view. She is a popular speaker for women’s groups, couple’s retreats, and professional seminars, and the author of How to Act Right When Your Spouse Acts Wrong and How to Live Right When Your Life Goes Wrong. Leslie and her husband live in Pennsylvania.
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WaterBrook
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May 25, 2011
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224
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9780307796837
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English
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Religion / Christian Life / General
Religion / Christian Life / Personal Growth
Religion / Christian Life / Spiritual Growth
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Jesus tells us that entering into eternal life is difficult: many will seek to enter and will not be able to.

Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. (Luke 13:24)

The cost of failing to enter eternal life is so great that we would be beyond foolish not to seek the truth about eternal life with commensurate diligence. The Truth About Eternal Life is written to help in that search. 

 A: Eternal Life

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There is a type of life available to  us that we are not born with. This life is characterized by shalom – love, peace, truth, and freedom – including freedom from fear and anxiety. This is eternal life and we may partake of it now during our temporal life. God gives us eternal life through his Word.

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We are born with a type of life characterized by corrupt desires. These desires bring forth death and are incompatible with eternal life. To receive eternal life we must remove the corrupt desires from our being.

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God has given us provision to help us remove the corrupt desires, become compatible with eternal life, and receive it. God sends his Spirit of Truth to guide us into all truth. If we ask him he will send him to guide us into the truth of eternal life. God has also given truth to us in 1 John that helps us know if we have received eternal life.

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We must enter into a new covenant with God through which he helps us remove corrupt desires, become compatible with eternal life and receive it. We must be cleansed from the sin caused by the corrupt desires and sow God's Word into our hearts so it can produce eternal life in us.

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Dave Ramsey, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated radio show host

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Darrin Patrick, lead pastor of The Journey, vice president of Acts 29, and author of The Dude’s Guide to Manhood

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Jon Acuff, New York Times bestselling author of Start and Stuff Christians Like

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