Do You Overthink Things? A Review of Think Again by Jared Mellinger

I’ll be the first to admit that I often fall victim to an intense amount of introspection. So when I read the introduction to Think Again by Jared Mellinger, I knew this book was a good fit for me.

Review of Think Again by Jared Mellinger

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About the Book

(from the book’s description)

Evaluating yourself—being mindful of who you are and what you are doing—is necessary and can lead to positive change. But what about the dark side of introspection? Do you ever feel weighed down and exhausted by your own self-analysis? Perhaps you made a mistake, said a careless word, or even messed up big time. Your self-examination spirals into a full-blown cross-examination. You keep revisiting what happened. Your mind circles around the event, fruitlessly trying to somehow make the outcome different so you don’t feel the embarrassment, shame, and regret. The modern self-esteem movement has left us empty and self-focused. We exhaust our healthy introspection and pervert it into constant self-evaluation, wrong views of ourselves, self-accusation, and false guilt. Introspection was never meant to bear such weight. Think Again offers real relief from the burden of introspection that so many of us carry each day. Pastor Jared Mellinger, who tends to overdose on self-analysis himself, shows us how the hope of the gospel can rescue us from the bad fruit of unsound introspection. Mellinger’s short, story-filled chapters help readers identify and turn away from unhealthy introspection. There is an outward-focused God who delights to rescue an inward-focused people and lead them into a better way to live. When we truly understand it, we’ll see that the gospel actually sets us free from thinking about ourselves too much.We can seek after and pray for the peace and joy—the sanity—that comes from thinking about ourselves less often. Think Again includes practical instructions for self-examination, fighting false guilt, breaking free from hyper-introspection, and more. Ultimately, Think Again demonstrates that the solution to thinking too much about ourselves is to look to Christ, and it gives readers the tools to begin to turn from the mirror.

At the beginning of the book, the author says this book is for those who struggle with the burden of introspection, those who want to care for people who struggle with the burden of introspection, and all Christians so that we can discover how God wants us to think about ourselves.
Throughout the book, Jared describes the problem of introspection, giving examples from his own life. He talks about how we are supposed to feel about ourselves according to the Gospel. He addresses the proper way to examine ourselves. And he calls Christians to look outside of ourselves. 
The basic message in the book is that we need to shift our focus from ourselves to God and to how God wants us to think about ourselves.

My Thoughts

The message in this book is a simple one. If you’re like me, you know that so much introspection can truly be a problem, a burden. We know that we needs the message that Think Again is delivering.
The author does a good job of making the message relatable. The book is not difficult to read. It uses concrete examples and lots of Scripture to help readers understand the problem and see how we are to think of ourselves in light of the Gospel.

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