Monday, October 1, 2012
Book Review - Embracing Obscurity
No matter how famous someone might be, the fact remains; most of the other seven billion people on Earth wouldn’t know him or her from the next person. Add this reality to one’s shrinking recognizability among the multiple billions down through history, and the worldly emphasis on standing out really falls flat; we’re all in this obscurity thing together.
Ironically, the trouble with me and you and the rest of humanity is not a lack of self-confidence but that we have far too much self-importance. To live and die unnoticed would seem a grave injustice to many. It’s all too easy to think we’re somebody if our portfolio is strong, there are a few letters after our name, or we’re well-known at work, church, or school.
As pride creeps in, we are tempted to want more: more recognition, more admiration, more influence, more, more, more. Few have ever given thought to wanting less. That’s why we need Embracing Obscurity.
Putting the premise into immediate action, an established Christian author electing to remain anonymous writes about living and dying in simplicity, contending that true success, as modeled by Jesus, starts with humility, service, sacrifice, and surrender. Such a life involves mystery and banks on the hope that today is just a dress rehearsal for eternity.
When we stop imitating the world and instead choose to embrace obscurity, real life -- chock full of significance, purpose, and renewed passion -- begins.
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My Take on the Book
This book really makes you ponder and think about what you are here to really do, and why you have been placed on this earth. Even more so, it makes you question the status quo and why we as human beings strive for so much, when we are told through religious doctrine to not do so and to instead do just the opposite. I found the book to be an interesting read, both engaging and provocative. I found it interesting that the author was anonymous at first, but then came to find that the book seemed to flow better because it was unencumbered with the burdens of worry behind who was making the challenges and writing the issues as being shared. So how will you set aside the inherent self-importance that this book examines, and instead move on a different path that leads you on a more Godly journey. This book is a start, but it is up to you to make the next move!
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