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Almost all self-help books emerge from one of two flawed views of the self, and these mutually exclusive ditches are destructive. The Ditch of Smallness says that people are fundamentally bad and that humanity’s greatest spiritual threat is pride. The Ditch of Bigness says the exact opposite: people are fundamentally good, and shame is our greatest danger. Dan Kent presents a third view, a road between the ditches. He shows how the humility Jesus revealed offers the most accurate and freeing view of the self. Whereas shame and arrogance are dysfunction steroids (making our depression darker, our anxiety tighter, our addictions stickier, and so forth), humility, as Jesus teaches it, counteracts shame and pride, thereby subverting two major psychological forces that thwart us.

Once we embrace this new way of seeing ourselves–how Jesus sees us–we begin to relate to ourselves, to others, and to the world around us in a way that allows us to overcome a whole host of vices and self-sabotaging behaviours. Furthermore, whereas the ditches both lead to powerlessness and passivity, humility as Jesus teaches it is empowering, fosters pro-activity, and serves as a scaffold for true confidence.

About the Author

Dan Kent was born to a fourteen-year-old mother in the humourless tundra of northern Minnesota. He went to college to figure out if God exists, wrote his first novel at twelve, and has worked in crisis mental health for twenty years. He lives with his wife, Barbara, and is currently editor-in-chief of Reknew.org

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