How to Find Yourself: Why Looking Inward Is Not the Answer

By Brian S. Rosner, Foreword by Carl R. Trueman

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How to Find Yourself: Why Looking Inward Is Not the Answer

By Brian S. Rosner, Foreword by Carl R. Trueman

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In the 21st-century West, identity is everything. Never has it been more important, culturally speaking, to know who you are and remain true to yourself. Expressive individualism—the belief that looking inward is the way to find yourself—has become the primary approach to identity formation, and questioning anyone’s “self-made self” is often considered a threat or attack.

Prompted by his own past crisis of identity, Brian Rosner challenges the status quo by arguing that, while knowing yourself is of some value, it cannot be the sole basis for one’s identity. He provides an approach to identity formation that leads to a more stable and satisfying sense of self. This approach looks outward to others—acknowledging that we are social beings—and looks upward to God to find a self who is intimately known and loved by him. How to Find Yourself equips readers from a variety of backgrounds to engage sympathetically with some of the most pressing questions of our day.


Brian S. Rosner

Brian S. Rosner is principal of Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia. Previously he taught at the University of Aberdeen and Moore Theological College. Rosner is the author or editor of over a dozen books, including Known by God: A Biblical Theology of Personal Identity. He is married to Natalie and has four children.

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 192
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 8.0 ounces
ISBN-10: 1-4335-7815-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7815-1
ISBN-UPC: 9781433578151
Case Quantity: 10
Published: May 17, 2022

Table of Contents

Introduction: Stranger in the Mirror

Part 1: Looking for Yourself
Chapter 1: Looking Inward
Chapter 2: A Collective Identity Crisis
Chapter 3: Five Tests of the Good Life
Chapter 4: Ancient Texts and Modern Preoccupations
Chapter 5: Looking Elsewhere

Part 2: You Are a Social Being
Chapter 6: Social Identity
Chapter 7: Known by God

Part 3: You Are Your Story
Chapter 8: Narrative Identity
Chapter 9: The Story of Secular Materialism
Chapter 10: The Story of Social Justice
Chapter 11: The Life Story of Jesus Christ

Part 4: The New You
Chapter 12: Losing Yourself
Chapter 13: Finding Yourself

General Index
Scripture Index