Confident Humility: Becoming Your Full Self without Becoming Full of Yourself

Confident Humility: Becoming Your Full Self without Becoming Full of Yourself

by Dan Kent


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Almost all self-help books emerge from one of two flawed views of the self, and these mutually exclusive ditches are destructive. The Ditch of Smallness says that people are fundamentally bad and that humanity's greatest spiritual threat is pride. The Ditch of Bigness says the exact opposite: people are fundamentally good, and shame is our greatest danger. Dan Kent presents a third view, a road between the ditches. He shows how the humility Jesus revealed offers the most accurate and freeing view of the self. Whereas shame and arrogance are dysfunction steroids (making our depression darker, our anxiety tighter, our addictions stickier, and so forth), humility, as Jesus teaches it, counteracts shame and pride, thereby subverting two major psychological forces that thwart us.

Once we embrace this new way of seeing ourselves--how Jesus sees us--we begin to relate to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us in a way that allows us to overcome a whole host of vices and self-sabotaging behaviors. Furthermore, whereas the ditches both lead to powerlessness and passivity, humility as Jesus teaches it is empowering, fosters proactivity, and serves as a scaffold for true confidence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506451923
Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, Publishers
Publication date: 06/11/2019
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 836,867
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Dan Kent was born to a fourteen-year-old mother in the humorless tundra of northern Minnesota. He went to college to figure out if God exists, wrote his first novel at twelve, and has worked in crisis mental health for twenty years. He lives with his wife, Barbara, and is currently editor-in-chief of

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Foreword xi

1 A Tale of Two Ditches 1

2 The Road to Security 25

3 The Road to Equality 55

4 Traveling on a Dangerous Road: Esteemating 77

5 The Road to Transformation 93

6 The Road to Empowerment 109

7 The Road to Confidence 127

8 The Road to Social Vitality 143

9 A Humble Traveler 163

Appendix: The Worst of Sinners and Foot Washing 185

Endnotes 189

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