Rethink Your Self
The Power of Looking Up Before Looking In
by Trevin Wax
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We take these slogans for granted, but what if this path to personal happiness leads to a dead-end? In Rethink Your Self, Trevin Wax encourages you to rethink some of our society’s most common assumptions about identity and the road to happiness.
Most people define their identity and purpose by first looking in (to their desires), then looking around (to express their uniqueness), and finally—maybe—looking up (to add a spiritual dimension to life). Rethink Your Self proposes a counter-intuitive approach: looking up before looking in.
It's only when we look up to learn who we were created to be that we discover our true purpose and become our truest selves.
"Trevin Wax is an insightful thinker and skilled writer. In Rethink Your Self he shows that following our own dreams and desires won’t work; we must look to God to learn who we are and are meant to be. Nothing less can bring us purpose and delight."
Randy Alcorn, Author of Heaven and It’s All about Jesus
"Trevin is a gift to church, and his book reflects this reality. In Rethink Your Self, you are going to discover your true self—self created in the image likeness of a God who cares for us and cultivates our character to reach its redemptive potential."
Dr. Derwin L. Gray
Lead Pastor, Transformation Church
Author of The Good Life: What Jesus Teaches About Finding True Happiness
“The common advice to ‘be yourself’ is easier given than taken. In the modern age, shaping our identities and orienting our lives is more complicated than at any time in human history. With clarity, knowledge, and wisdom, Trevin explains the unique challenges this particular cultural moment presents us in being ourselves, and places these challenges into the context of an eternal design—one that can equip each of us to be who God created and called us to be.”
Karen Swallow Prior, author of On Reading Well and Fierce Convictions
"Rethink Your Self is a guide for people who long to soar in life. Trevin Wax exposes unproductive frames of mind, tackles Big Questions, and sorts out the complexity of the human heart in amazingly clear prose. Highly recommended!"
René Breuel, author of The Paradox of Happiness
"We live in a society that is obsessed with identity and yet filled with people who have no idea who they are. In this book, Trevin Wax gently persuasively questions the common sense of our day of ‘being true to yourself’ and points to the paradoxical beauty of denying yourself and following Jesus. In a culture that says ‘look within,’ we would do well to follow Trevin Wax’s advice to look up."
Jeremy Treat, PhD
Pastor for Preaching and Vision at Reality LA
Author of Seek First and The Crucified King