Free of Me
Why Life Is Better When It's Not about You
"In a culture captivated by self, this book is a must-read."--Christine Caine, founder of A21 and Propel Women
Our me-centered culture affects every area of our lives--our relationships, calling, self-image, even our faith--and it negatively impacts each one. The self-focused life robs our joy, shrinks our souls, and is the reason we get stuck in insecurity.
In Free of Me, Sharon Hodde Miller invites us into a bigger, Jesus-centered vision--one that restores our freedom and inspires us to live for more. Drawing from personal experience and Scriptural insight, Sharon helps readers
· understand how self-focus sabotages seven areas of our lives
· learn four practical steps for focusing on God and others
· experience freedom from the burden of self-focus
If you've been yearning for more than a self-help faith, then this paradigm-shifting message of true fulfillment is for you.
"Sharon spotlights the crippling disease of self-focus and shows us how to break free from its entanglements. If you want to walk in God's life-giving truth, this book will help you do just that!"--Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author; president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"One of the best things for a healthy marriage, workplace, parent situation, or any calling is to realize the world is not orbiting around our axis. True joy is found when we realize there is a bigger story to tell. In Free of Me, Sharon paints this picture more beautifully than anyone I know."--Jefferson Bethke, author of Love That Lasts
Sharon Hodde Miller is a PhD, a pastor's wife, and a mother to two small boys. She blogs at SheWorships.com, has been a regular contributor to Propel, She Reads Truth, and Her.meneutics, and has written for Relevant, Christianity Today, and (in)courage, among others. She speaks regularly on topics ranging from leadership to body image to Scripture. She lives with her family in the Raleigh/Durham area.
"In Free of Me, Sharon exposes a mind-set that is not only widespread but prevents many of us from experiencing true freedom in Christ: living for self. Drawing on her own journey, Sharon offers deep spiritual wisdom through relatable stories to reveal the peril of self-focus, and she invites readers into a bigger, better story. In a culture captivated by self, this book is a must-read."
Christine Caine, founder of A21 and Propel Women
"Free of Me may be one of the most important truths for our times. This is not a book to only read--this is a book to become. Sharon Hodde Miller hands every woman a key with these pages that no woman can afford to pass up. Free of Me is the breaking free every soul desperately seeks."
Ann Voskamp, author of New York Times bestsellers The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts
"Sharon spotlights the crippling disease of self-focus and shows us how to break free from its entanglements. If you want to walk in God's life-giving truth, this book will help you do just that!"
Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author; president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"The most deceptive lies the enemy tells us concern how we see ourselves. Free of Me teaches us to see ourselves as God sees us. It is honest, down-to-earth, biblical, faithful, and gospel rich. Sharon writes like she lives--authentically, carefully, and accessibly. I count her a great friend and this a great book."
J. D. Greear, pastor, The Summit Church; author of Stop Asking Jesus Into Your Heart: How to Know for Sure You Are Saved
"Sharon's passion in life is Jesus and giving him away to others. Sharon has lived intentionally and her perspective is hard-fought in the trenches of following Jesus and conforming her life to look like his. She is a thoughtful, contagious force--so prepare to love Jesus more."
Jennie Allen, founder of IF:Gathering; author of Nothing to Prove
"There is a troubling trend in Christian messages today: gospels which are more about self than Christ. In Free of Me, Sharon takes aim at this false gospel, revealing its emptiness and why it can't deliver. Through personal testimony and scriptural backing, she explains how we can reject these messages and focus on the one true gospel that frees. In these pages, Sharon issues a bold call we all need to hear, which is why I highly recommend this book."
Ed Stetzer, Billy Graham Distinguished Chair, Wheaton College
"One of the best things for a healthy marriage, workplace, parent situation, or any calling is to realize the world is not orbiting around our axis. True joy is found when we realize there is a bigger story to tell, and the tyranny of 'me' is actually a terrible slave driver. In Free of Me, Sharon paints this picture more beautifully than anyone I know. I hope you are encouraged as much as I was."
Jefferson Bethke, author of Love That Lasts
"Too many books written by and for Christian women are shallow and trivial. This is not one of them. Free of Me provides deep biblical and human understanding and offers the best sort of wisdom: honest, hard-won, and biblically sound. I will be recommending this book widely and enthusiastically to many for years to come."
Karen Swallow Prior, PhD, professor of English at Liberty University; author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and Fierce Convictions--The Extraordinary Life of Hannah More: Poet, Reformer Abolitionist
"Rarely do I read a book with the powerful combination of eloquence and practical truth, but Free of Me has it. Sharon Miller has woven honest personal stories with steady wisdom in guiding us to the joy that comes from a life of freedom from self. What a gift to our me first culture. This book is a sweet discipling on every page. I'm grateful for the message of Free of Me and the lives it will truly set free."
Lisa Whittle, speaker; author of I Want God and Put Your Warrior Boots On
"Determined to recover joy she had known and somehow lost, Sharon Hodde Miller set out on a quest to find the root of soul-sapping insecurity that was sabotaging relationships and roles she once loved. What she discovered is deeper than self-help; it is soul healing and life-shifting. In Free of Me, Sharon takes us with her on a gut-honest search for answers to the questions our hearts are asking: What's wrong with me? Why do I feel like I'm never enough? Grounded in God's Word and packed with personal stories, insightful revelations, applicable resolutions, and sometimes humorous yet convicting truth, this message will set you free!"
Renee Swope, bestselling author of A Confident Heart
"In this honest, engaging, and refreshing book, Sharon adjusts our gaze ever so slightly, but that slight perspective shift makes all the difference. The struggle against chronic self-focus is personal to me, and I'm grateful to Sharon for this manual of sorts to help redirect my gaze back to the gospel, to others, to God."
Amanda Bible Williams, author and chief content officer at She Reads Truth
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