In this classic on Christian self-image, Blaine Smith stresses the importance of cherishing your personal distinctiveness – as a gift of God, and a vital indication of what he wants you to do with your life. And he looks carefully at what this means. He considers how self-esteem and humility should fit together for the Christian. And he gives you solid biblical reasons to view your personality, talents ...
In this classic on Christian self-image, Blaine Smith stresses the importance of cherishing your personal distinctiveness – as a gift of God, and a vital indication of what he wants you to do with your life. And he looks carefully at what this means. He considers how self-esteem and humility should fit together for the Christian. And he gives you solid biblical reasons to view your personality, talents and gifts, physical features, and special circumstances positively and appreciatively. His accent is on encouragement and re-inventing the way you see yourself as a child of God.
This book will help you to:
• Appreciate your personality, talents and physical features as God’s handiwork
• Be more alert to golden opportunities to invest your life
• Understand how self-esteem and humility fit together in the Christian life
• Break through “self-consistency” to achieve a genuinely more positive, healthy self-concept
• Base your identity not just on one talent or characteristic, but on your unique combination of features
• Break the habit of comparing yourself unfavorably to others
Ralph T. Mattson comments: “More people are likely to be blunted in their growth by poor perceptions of their individual worth than by inflated egos. Innumerable Christians have embarked on their life’s calling with profound misunderstanding of their uniqueness and self-worth, thereby missing many of the delights of full-orbed Christian living.
“‘One of a Kind’ is a welcome corrective. It encourages us to abandon self-depreciation for a realistic biblical view of ourselves without false positivism. In dealing with the subjects of humility, self-esteem, ideals, body image, and personality, Blaine Smith covers the most commonly expressed concerns people are likely to have about themselves.” Ralph T. Mattson, author of “Finding a Job That You Can Love”
Blaine Smith’s “One of a Kind” (originally published in 1984 by InterVarsity Press) is re-issued by SilverCrest Books.
Blaine Smith's long career has included giving seminars and lectures, speaking at conferences, counseling, and writing. He is author of nine books, including “Knowing God's Will” (original and revised editions), “Should I Get Married?” (original and revised editions), “The Yes Anxiety,” “Overcoming Shyness,” “Faith and Optimism” (orig. “The Optimism Factor”), “One of a Kind,” and “Marry a Friend,” as well as numerous articles (all books except “Marry a Friend” published originally by InterVarsity Press). These books have been published in more than thirty English language and international editions. He is also lecturer for Guidance By The Book, a home study course with audio cassettes produced by the Christian Broadcasting Network as part of their Living By The Book series.
Blaine served previously as founder/director of the Sons of Thunder, believed by many to be America's first active Christian rock band, and as assistant pastor of Memorial Presbyterian Church in St. Louis, then for 30 years as director of Nehemiah Ministries, Inc.
Blaine is a graduate of Georgetown University, and also holds a Master of Divinity from Wesley Theological Seminary and a Doctor of Ministry from Fuller Theological Seminary. He and Evie live in Gaithersburg, Maryland. They've been married since 1973, and have two grown sons, Benjamin and Nathan.