At just 46 pages, Timothy Keller’s The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness: The Path to True Christian Joy is a quick, yet helpful read. The thrust of the book is as that “a truly gospel humble person is not a self hating person or a self loving person, but a self forgetful person,” and this work is not “superficial outward tinkering, but instead a deep rooted, life altering change that takes place on the inside.”
The book flows through an examination of 1 Corinthians 3:21 – 4:7, and is broken down into 3 brief chapters:
- 1. The Natural Condition of the Human Ego
- 2. The Transformed View of Self
- 3. How to Get that Transformed View of Self
- Thoughts & Questions for Reflection
This was an encouraging work that can easily be read by most within 20 to 30 minutes. There were a couple of points briefly addressing emotions and psychology that Keller, rather untypical to his writing, did not address to further depth and could potentially be confusing to those grappling with such personal issues; yet, the overall theme and usefulness of the book would make this a worthwhile read.