- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Crossway Books. (April 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008LAW64E
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself [NOTE TO SELF] [Paperback] Unknown Binding – April 30, 2011
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It's a small book, not very intimidating and the text is of readable size: a good weekend read. But what a weekend it was, between Note to Self and The Greener Grass Conspiracy, I forcefully, yet lovingly was kicked in the rear end by the Gospel.
Note To Self is really like nothing I have ever read. It's made for the trenches, battle tactics in the Spiritual War we fight as Christians. It is sort of to the Good Guys what The Screwtape Letters is to the Bad Guys, letters from the trenches. The concept is simple yet brilliant. It's Joe (or you) preaching the Gospel to yourself amidst 48 real-time situations that we all have and will continue to face. What Joe does in Note To Self is take a section of scripture and in about 500 words engages in "self talk" as Martyn Lloyd Jones would call it.
Every section starts off with a rich verse of scripture at the top of the page and then the words Dear Self... What happens after that is straight up, honest Gospel talk. Every chapter points back to Jesus and how the Gospel actually matters pertaining to whatever subject Joe is dealing with.Read more ›
Thankfully, every so often a voice is raised calling us away from the instability of our feelings and emotions to the solid and stable ground of God's written Word. Deitrich Bonheoffer was one such voice. In his classic, Life Together, published in 1954, Bonhoeffer wrote:
the Christian is the man who no longer seeks his salvation, his deliverance, his justification in himself, but in Jesus Christ alone. He knows that God's Word in Jesus Christ pronounces him guilty, even when he does not feel his guilt, and God's Word in Jesus Christ pronounces him not guilty and righteous, even when he does not feel that he is righteous at all. The Christian no longer lives of himself, by his own claims and his own justification, but by God's claims and God's justification. He lives wholly by God's Word pronounced upon him, whether that Word declares him guilty or innocent. (p. 22)
In the next decade, D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones followed with his classic, Spiritual Depression, writing:
Feelings must be engaged. They are meant to be involved.Read more ›
In Note To Self, Thorn begins by introducing us to the idea that it is not just the gospel that we must preach to ourselves, but law and gospel. Thorn states that "just as the lost cannot come to know Christ apart from an understanding of law and gospel, neither will the believer grow in grace apart from the preaching of both law and gospel." Therefore, Thorn identifies and defines that "preaching to ourselves is the personal act of applying the law and the gospel to our own lives with the aim of experiencing the transforming grace of God." This is where Thorn begins laying a foundation for us as the practical guide for thinking through the Christian life. He points us in a direction of gospel proclamation and application. And then what I love most is that Thorn doesn't allow the reader any time to assume what is law and gospel, but rather he goes straight into clearly and biblically defining what they mean. It is through the preaching of both the law and gospel to yourself that you begin to grow in truth.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Need a reminder? This book is good at providing it. It sure opened up some blind spots I wasn't thinking about. Read morePublished 5 months ago by HSpike
Great book to start the day with. Book formatted in a short read style that has great reminders for our walks with Christ.Published 7 months ago by Andy Etris
I love this book and keep coming back to it again and again as a sort of template for applying the Gospel to my own life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Caleb
It is so easy as a believer to forget the glorious truth of the Gospel. This book does an excellent job of providing brief, daily reminders of what God has done for us and what He... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Sean McGaughran
When I bought this book a while back, I did not realize that it was set up like a devotional. I am not sure whether it was intended to be this or not, but it's short 48 chapters... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Alexander R. Tandon
I don't go to church because I don't like to, but I love God....this has helped me tremendously in not missing out on learning more about God and in getting closer to him. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Emily Hubbs
Great for daily reflections and devotions. I read this every morning to help connect with the Lord. Joe Thorn is a blessing!Published 9 months ago by John
My wife and I read this devotional weekly together. There were a lot of great lessons presented ... it reminded us to always put God first and acknowledge our shortcomings. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Leon Clayborne