Flourish: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus

Flourish: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus

by Lydia Brownback


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ISBN-13: 9781433560651
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 01/31/2019
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 114,659
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.37(d)

About the Author

Lydia Brownback(MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the author of several books and a speaker at women’s conferences around the world. Her books include the On-the-Go Devotionals for women;Finding God in My Loneliness;andSing a New Song.

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“The siren call of self sings loudly in our current cultural moment. Even as Christians, we easily fall prey to the false promises of self-focus, self-care, and self-love. With a refreshing dose of biblical truth, wisdom, and insight, Lydia Brownback invites us to consider our ways with fruitful reflection. Flourish is a book every woman should read. I highly recommend it!”
Melissa Kruger, Director of Women’s Content, The Gospel Coalition; author, In All Things

“As someone who deals in words all day and every day, I’m always fascinated to see how they come and go, how they ebb and flow. Recent years have brought us countless articles, books, podcasts, and conferences based on the word flourish. ‘Follow this program,’ they say, or ‘switch to this diet,’ or ‘become more mindful,’ and ‘you’ll finally flourish in your life and in your relationships. Guaranteed!’ In this book, Lydia Brownback looks for and finds what I’m convinced is the true key to human flourishing. Her solution is infinitely better because it is based on an infinitely better source—the enduring, infallible Word of God.”
Tim Challies, blogger, Challies.com

“Lydia Brownback is an author to be trusted. She writes with lucid insight and biblical discernment. The result is a book that is truly helpful—a book that avoids contemporary fads and points the reader repeatedly to the sufficiency of Christ. She takes on common destructive states of mind that often hinder Christians from walking in the freedom that is theirs by grace. I suppose the highest recommendation I can give to this book is that it is one I will be encouraging the congregation I serve to read.”
Todd Pruitt, Lead Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Harrisonburg, Virginia; Cohost, Mortification of Spin

“What if the pathway to true flourishing is not what our instincts assume? What if the siren calls of society and culture are misleading us? What if real flourishing makes foolish the wisdom of the world and turns today’s prevailing solution on its head? What if self-focus leads to losing the life that really matters, and focusing outside ourselves leads to finding it? Lydia Brownback has a beat on the answer. There is a true flourishing, and it may not be what you think—and it is better than what we dream. This is no shallow guide to ‘flourishing’ when all in life is well. Brownback wants to get us ready to truly flourish—when all around our soul gives way.”
David Mathis, Executive Editor, desiringGod.org; Pastor, Cities Church, Minneapolis / St. Paul; author, Habits of Grace

“In a world where seemingly every voice whispers, ‘Think about yourself,’ this book is an invitation to something better. With biblical clarity, Lydia Brownback exposes the pervasive lie of self-focus and points us to a more abundant life. Whether you find yourself shackled to the self-centered spirit of the age or mentoring someone else who is, Flourish will open the prison door and let in the warm light of Christ.”
Megan Hill, author, Praying Together and Contentment; Editor, The Gospel Coalition

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Flourish: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Sereca 15 hours ago
I received a free from copy form Crossway for book review (in a PDF form) I love this book so much and the title says it all. This book has transform who I am as a vessel for Christ. It thought me how to take myself out of situations and think about how I can please God and others. I love the 30 day Bible Study that comes in this book because it allows the Holy Spirit to work on my heart with the questions that are asked in the devotion. The devotion basically goes deeper into the six topics that this book covers. Flourish is designed for personal and individual study and has scriptures throughout. This book really helped me to put an end to self. I used this book as a devotional, and read small sections then ask the Holy Spirit to reveal and expand on what I just read and I would recommend this approach to others readers as well because by doing this you get a deeper and a more personal experience form the book. Grab yourself a copy
Anonymous 8 days ago
Is it possible to think of ourselves less? To focus less on our wants and desires and fascinations? To focus instead more on Christ? Author Lydia Brownback thinks so and encourages us to look less at ourselves and more at Christ in her new book, Flourish: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus. Her short book is a quick read but also packs a powerful punch in areas where we tend to make ourselves the center. Whether we’re posting on social media as a form of promotion or remaining bitter about how we’ve been treated in the past, Lydia reminds us that looking to Christ and what He says about ourselves is where true freedom is found. And in this confusing culture, even among Christians, we need to be seeking out the source of truth in God’s Word. If we want to know joy and peace, if we desire to be fruitful disciples of the Lord Jesus, it’s imperative that we breathe the right spiritual air. Throughout her book, she quotes passages from several Christian books showing us how deception can easily seep in among truth. Focusing on the ever-popular “me time” that some authors promote from centering on too close of a analysis of ourselves and our lives, Lydia encourages readers to do what the gospel has allowed us to do: leave behind our old selves daily and walk in the newness of life with Christ. Chapters in her book include: Set Free from Self-Consciousness Set Free from Self-Improvement Set Free from Self-Analysis Set Free from Self-Indulgence Set Free from Self-Condemnation Set Free from Self-Victimization I think the chapter that most impacted me was the one on Self-Improvement. As a Type-A personality, I tend to make lists upon lists of goals that I believe will better my lot in life, my circumstances, myself. But Lydia refutes that way of thinking and rather focuses on making changes in our live “to enrich our walk with God and to shine better light on the gospel.” Have you ever become stuck in repetitive negative behaviors or besetting sins? Yes, I have. And don’t you seek to change? Yes, I have too. Lydia reminds us that as new believers in Christ, we ARE changed and must seek Him to live out the life we already have IN Him. We are the branches, He is the vine. We are to seek Him for continual transformation of the new life He has already given to us. She writes: Wrong teaching on this point is why so many of us believe that Christian discipleship is synonymous with self-improvement. But true Christian discipleship is a call to die, not to improve. Christianity is not about God striving to make us better but to make us more like Christ. God works through our struggles and failures to help us depend upon Him for change – for His glory. Not for us to show off and even feel better about ourselves. We have none of our “old self” to improve because it has died with Christ. We are new creations called to live out of our new identity. But it takes time and it takes focus upon God’s Word on a daily basis – to recall to mind the truth of the gospel and the truth of who He says we are in Him. That’s our job as the Lord works in us. For this chapter alone, the book is the worth the read. Though I would’ve liked to see more practical examples in each chapter, Flourish is a timely read for Christians who feel overwhelmed by all the self-help books out there and caught between the old self and new self. Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this bible from Crossway in exchange for an honest rev