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"You are your own, and you belong to yourself."

This is the fundamental assumption of modern life. And if we are our own, then it's up to us to forge our own identities and to make our lives significant. But while that may sound empowering, it turns out to be a crushing responsibility - one that never actually delivers on its promise of a free and fulfilled life, but instead leaves us burned out, depressed, anxious, and alone. This phenomenon is mapped out onto the very structures of our society, and helps explain our society's underlying disorder.

But the Christian gospel offers a strikingly different vision. As the Heidelberg Catechism puts it, "I am not my own, but belong with body and soul, both in life and in death, to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ." In You Are Not Your Own, Alan Noble explores how this simple truth reframes the way we understand ourselves, our families, our society, and God. Contrasting these two visions of life, he invites us past the sickness of contemporary life into a better understanding of who we are and to whom we belong.

©2021 Alan Noble (P)2021 eChristian

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Not the book we want, but the one we need right now

My goodness.

This book is is like chemotherapy. Devastating, painful, all encompassing… bringing death to the cancer of the self and bringing hope that new life after this death is possible.

Alan is careful in his descriptions and diagnosis of the modern self. No one is safe. But he has the heart of one who has lived as though he was his own and has given himself to Jesus. He wants what is best for his readers. He paints a picture of a new way, a gospel way of union with the one who can calm restless hearts and offer humility, or belonging to God, as a gift not a burden. It’s such a rich read. I highly recommend.

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A lot like the little book, Ecclesiastes

A lot like the little book, Ecclesiastes, in the Old Testament - Alan Noble explores the futility of living as if we are our own. He concludes, as did Solomon, we must live for God. We are His, not our own.

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Insights about Humane Living

Noble helps us wisely consider the unhealthy individualism that has captivated our hearts, minds, and societal relationships. Likewise, he shows the deep and wide goodness of the gospel for engaging in truly humane living.

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  • 12-20-21

Deeply affecting and powerful

A deeply affecting and powerful look at how modern life sets us... And you... And me, to fail. By teaching the convincing lies that we only have responsibility for ourselves and that we can exist detached from the world, from each other and from God. Going to be reflecting on this for a long long time

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  • 10-19-21

Excellent work

This book helpfully and gently critiques a dominant cultural idol and calls the listener to consider the implications of the “autonomous self”. Thanks Alan