Think Again

Think Again

Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection (New Growth Press, April 2017)

Evaluating yourself—being mindful of who you are and what you are doing—is necessary and can lead to positive change.

But what about the dark side of introspection? Do you ever feel weighed down and exhausted by your own self-analysis? Perhaps you made a mistake, said a careless word, or even messed up big time. Your self-examination spirals into a full-blown cross-examination. You keep revisiting what happened. Your mind circles around the event, fruitlessly trying to somehow make the outcome different so you don’t feel the embarrassment, shame, and regret.

The modern self-esteem movement has left us empty and self-focused. We exhaust our healthy introspection and pervert it into constant self-evaluation, wrong views of ourselves, self-accusation, and false guilt. Introspection was never meant to bear such weight.

Think Again offers real relief from the burden of introspection that so many of us carry each day. Pastor Jared Mellinger, who tends to overdose on self-analysis himself, shows us how the hope of the gospel can rescue us from the bad fruit of unsound introspection. Mellinger’s short, story-filled chapters help readers identify and turn away from unhealthy introspection.

There is an outward-focused God who delights to rescue an inward-focused people and lead them into a better way to live. When we truly understand it, we’ll see that the gospel actually sets us free from thinking about ourselves too much. We can seek after and pray for the peace and joy—the sanity—that comes from thinking about ourselves less often. Think Again includes practical instructions for self-examination, fighting false guilt, breaking free from hyper-introspection, and more. Ultimately, Think Again demonstrates that the solution to thinking too much about ourselves is to look to Christ, and it gives readers the tools to begin to turn from the mirror.

Learn more, purchase a copy, and read a sample here.


  • But more than a book full of “how to’s” and practical tips, Think Again keeps reminding you about Jesus. And isn’t that what you’re looking for in a good book? Don’t you want to love Jesus more as you read the very last paragraph and close the book? Don’t you want to walk away from a book and think, “I just spent time with Jesus. And I love Him more now that I’m at the end notes than I did when I read the introduction”?

  • While the Bible commends self examination, some of us get caught up in excessive introspection. Mellinger says that is unhealthy and can be a trap of Satan. He gives us a good example of himself being trapped and how he changed his thinking. This is a very practical book as he gives good suggestions for controlling our thoughts and changing their focus. I highly recommend it.

  • This book is what a call a small group book. It would be a great study guide for small groups. It has questions in each chapter that can be discussed by each member of the small group and you will find it easy to understand.

  • A very well written book that is a good pace when reading. Topics that are well worth reading about and also may help you as well. A book that should be read and Definitely well worth having.

  • In a culture where we are constantly consumed with self, our personal needs and trying to continue to climb the latter, Jared takes a look at introspection, but not so much as looking at ourself to move us forward, but with the idea in mind that we need to be completely and overwhelmed with being in love with Christ. It is with that idea in mind, that we find our identity, rather than being self-absorbed, and it helps us to truly engage in what it means to follow Christ. This book is a wonderful read! Grab a copy!

  • I can spend a lot of time at night, not sleeping and over thinking. The book helps to relax your mind and spirit. It is not going to magically cure your worries or over thinking,, but the many tips and truth that the author presents does ease your thinking. This book is great if you feel like God is in the mix of your spiritual side and you feel deep in belief.

  • The title of this book is exactly what it teaches you, think again and stop looking at yourself and look at Christ….follow Christ, HE leads us to a better life. Jared talks about his own feelings and then explains how to lean on GOD and not yourself. 

  • A valuable tool for guiding the “Me” generation into a new understanding of what it truly means to model oneself after Christ.

  • Think Again was short, easy-to-grasp, and powerful. I recommend it for introverted over thinkers as well as those close to introverted over thinkers. Mellinger’s humor, reliability, and direct writing style are such an encouragement in a topic that could be condemning.

  • Think Again challenged me to evaluate how much I focus inwardly and what effects that introspection has on my life. Reading it was, in part, a lesson in humility. It reminded me how much joy comes from thinking of Jesus and others, even in, or especially in, times of my own struggles.

  • An excellent book on where our focus should be! I thoroughly enjoyed the style and theme.

  • Pray Species says:

    Think Again is an excellent opportunity to find more grace, more peace, more acceptance; all thanks to the love and guidance of God. Filled with practical advice and poignant real life and literary examples, Think Again empowers the reader to become more Christ centered in our self evaluation.

  • I can’t think of a better resource to give to those who struggle with doubts or the tendency to second-guess and over-analyze decisions and motives. This resource is filled with Gospel goodness and solid enough to help those in a variety of situations. It is a book one might want to give away to special people in your life who are tender but perhaps too often weighed down with care.

  • In Think Again, Mellinger provides witty, practical, and pastoral insight for those who suffer from the burden of hyper introspection. This book comes with my highest recommendation for Christian living and counseling. If you battle with introspection or know anybody who struggles with it, purchase this book for yourself and others! The questions at the end of each chapter are extremely helpful and engaging. Don’t miss out on this excellent resource! Once again, New Growth Press hits a home run!

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