Think Again

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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.

Reviews

  • 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!

  • Daddy4ms says:

    I highly recommend this book to everyone because all of us can become too obsessed with self. One of the highlights of the book is Jared’s focus on our identity in Christ rather than on identity in lesser things (work, relationships, what others say about us, what we believe about ourselves). Throughout the book, Mellinger encourages us to look up to Christ and by doing so leads us from despair, doubt, guilt, and shame.

  • Think Again by Jared Mellinger is down-to-earth, honest, and witty but it’s full of profound insight and practical truth. Even if you don’t struggle with introspection, it is beneficial reading that provides you with tools to help those who do. Besides, any book that uses Spurgeon, an epic airport fail, Jason Bourne and Dobby the house elf to illustrate the main point just needs to be in everyone’s home library!

  • Moments says:

    “Think Again: relief from the burden of introspection” is a great read.  We are constantly analyzing ourselves, how we are as a mother, a wife, a friend, how we look, how we are perceived by others.  Jared shares personal stories as well as Biblical accounts throughout this book to help the reader work through exploring how her views of herself and self-analysis are impacting her life. 

  • Think Again focuses on a topic that I imagine a great deal of us can relate to; self-examination and unhealthy introspection. I found this to be a very interesting and relevant book, especially in a society where we all have times when we become a bit obsessed with ourselves.

  • More of Him says:

    This book felt like the author was inside my head at times! As an introvert, I do find myself spending way too much time being introspective. It can lead to self condemnation and over-thinking things to the point of exhaustion.

  • If you are someone who second guesses yourself constantly, feels guilty for things you should not, and spends way too much time evaluating yourself…… this is a book for you. Mellinger gives some great helpful advice on how to think, but not to think too much, and to get out of the habit of beating oneself up so much. I highly recommend it.

  • I was very refreshed by this look at freedom from this burden. Jared’s main thesis in this book is that we should spend more time looking at Christ and less time looking at ourselves. The true key to breaking free from unhealthy introspection is to focus on Christ so much that it drowns out our petty obsession and focus on self.

  • Think Again was a good read. I agree with it in that evaluating yourself is useful and good, but that too much self-examination can be a bad thing. I thought the book was easy to read and really hit home in some areas.

  • Opening this book was like a breath of fresh air! Finally someone understood. And he not only understood, but he didn’t doom me to staying this way because it’s “how I’m wired” or assume I could just turn it off like a simple light switch. If you’ve ever suffered from over-analyzing your actions and motives or if you sense someone you love might struggle with this, I highly recommend you read this book!

  • My favorite quote, and one I think of often: “We must learn to see grace in the mirror.” Page 93. Instead of seeing the bad in our lives, look for where God is at work. Look at what God has already accomplished in us through His grace. Amen!

  • Noveltea says:

    This book was a solid four-star read. Nearly every page had me nodding. Lightbulbs were going off. It was good. The book was incredibly balanced, practical, and easy to understand.

  • Matt Heerema says:

    Jared helpfully outlines the nature of this introspection, talks about its benefit and utility, and most helpfully of all, warns of the dark side and potential for ensnarement. Jared compiles some of the “best of” quotes and thoughts from other great thinkers, pastors, and authors (mostly pastors, actually) of the past and present which give us great tools for combating this dark side. Highly recommend!!

  • Think Again talks about the problems inherent with excessive introspection, why we get into the trap and can’t seem to find our way out, and how to “examine” our motives and actions biblically so we can be released from the trap. It isn’t a long book, and the author has a style that is very easy to read and understand.

  • I appreciated how the author could identify with the issue of introspection. And I thought he did a good job of getting the reader to identify this issue in their lives. The author doesn’t just stop there with the identification of the problem, but points the reader to the answer which is Christ.

  • This book was an utterly refreshing read reminding us to not focus so much on ourselves but to focus outside of ourselves, I know this is something that I struggle with so this book was very encouraging and insightful for me. Some self introspection is good, but as the author points out, too much is not good especially when it consumes us.

  • Throughout the book, Jared describes the problem of introspection, giving examples from his own life. He talks about how we are supposed to feel about ourselves according to the Gospel. He addresses the proper way to examine ourselves. And he calls Christians to look outside of ourselves.

  • This short book is filled with wisdom and sensitivity. He doesn’t add more guilt to our already full plate, but with sensitivity, compassion and wisdom sits us down and confronts our misunderstanding of introspection and guide us to the truth that God yearns for us to know.

  • As an introvert and someone who is always rethinking every decision, I make this couldn’t have arrived in my mailbox at a better time. I had just made a very hard decision to leave my job, the correct decision but the right one. Yet I still kept playing it out over and over in my head. Think Again reminded me to get out of my own head, to remember where my focus should be. It made me move from thinking to action and I am grateful for the timely reminder.

  • This book was/is (because I’m taking my time (haha, us introverts do that, don’t we?) a real gem. It’s not necessarily truths that I didn’t know, but truths that I constantly need refreshed/reminded. Our society tells us to “look inside yourself”, but that’s not the answer, that just leads to more unsettledness and questioning. But “looking onto Christ” is what will bring real joy!

  • This was a different and out of the box read for me. But I am glad I read it. This book was insightful, thoughtful, a bit provocative, and thought provoking.

  • This review is for the book “Think Again” by Jared Mellinger. I really enjoyed this book. The purpose of this book is to help us realize that the gospel rescues us from false guilt, inaccurate thoughts of ourselves, and discouragement. Self-reflection is a great thing, but not when taken to an extreme.

  • Man, I needed this book. I read it in a time of minor trial and temptation when I needed to hear the truths Mellinger shares. I struggle with a tendency to think too much about things. And, I overthink feedback others give me (especially if they’re in a position of authority over me). I can be overly critical of myself, and I struggle with insecurity and comparison.

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