Think Again {A Book Review}

Think Again {A Book Review}

Think Again

I am an introvert and classic over-thinker. It’s easy for me to get stuck in my own head, so when Litfuse Publicity offered me the opportunity to review a new book by Jared Mellinger called Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection, I happily accepted.

Overall, Think Again provides great encouragement to seek balance in our thoughts, just as we ought to in other areas of our lives. This, along with focusing primarily on Jesus and not ourselves, are the main themes.

Two sections particularly impressed me. In chapter 8, entitled “Grace in the Mirror,” Mellinger writes:

Wayne Grudem says, ‘I suspect that just as Satan accuses Christians and wants them to feel false guilt and false accusation, so he also seeks to keep them from the real joy of knowing the favor of God on their daily activities, of knowing that God is pleased with their obedience.’ That is one of the strategies of Satan in your life–keeping you from knowing the many moments of divine pleasure that shower you every day. He keeps us from feeling the love God has for us. (p.94.)

This is a space I find myself in often: scrutinizing my performance, conversations, decisions, etc. while giving little thought to how God might actually be viewing me. I sometimes miss the blessings he showers on me and assume I’m not doing a good enough job at life in general. Reading this passage was a bit of a light bulb moment for me.

In chapter 5, “Escaping the Dungeon,”Mellinger writes:

Os Guinness, in his book God in the Dark, insightfully warns against super-spirituality in diagnosing our own condition. He says that if you doubt because you are tired, the best remedy is not to pray but to sleep. If you are plagued with doubt because you are exhausted from overwork, what you might need is not a spiritual heart-searching but a day off or a vacation or some time in the sun. If you are feeling down, it could be that what you most need is some exercise or a better diet or an evening of watching Netflix with friends. (pp. 58-59.)

This was so refreshing to read! Countless times, I’ve been weary or sad and began to condemn myself for being weak or lacking spiritually. I’ve immediately jumped to self-criticism when what I likely needed was to care for my physical needs. In current my season of raising 4 school-aged children, this is an important reminder and source of encouragement for me.

Think Again certainly stepped on my toes and challenged me to evaluate how much I focus inwardly and what effects that introspection has on my life. Reading it was, in part, a lesson in humility. It reminded me how much joy comes from thinking of Jesus and others, even in, or especially in, times of my own struggles.

I admit, as a 40-year-old Catholic woman, I found it outside my comfort zone to read a book written by a man quoting largely male evangelicals. Our religious traditions differ somewhat, so that stretched me too.

If you tend toward intense introspection, you’ll find practical encouragement in Think Again. You can order it through New Growth PressAmazon, Barnes & Noble, and major online booksellers.

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I received a complimentary copy of Think Again in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed here are my own.

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