Happy release day to You Are Not Your Own by Dr Alan Noble!
This book is probably my most-anticipated release for this year (although I was pretty excited for When Twilight Breaks, too). Dr. Noble published Disruptive Witness in 2018, and it is one of the most influential theology books I have read. I compulsively come back to the concepts in that book time and time again, and I’m looking forward to what he has to say in this latest book. This thorough review on Front Porch Republic makes me all the more interested, though it also makes it clear that this will not be a lighthearted and easy read.
About the Book
Genre: Nonfiction – Christian Theology
“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.
You can learn more about the author at his website, here.
Again, I am greatly looking forward to reading this book! The blurb hints at there being a lot to unpack within the pages. It probably won’t be the easiest book I read this year (okay, that may not even be a fair statement since I’m currently reading picture books for class), but I expect it will be worth it.
Happy release day! What new books are you looking forward to reading?
Until the next chapter,