Thursday, November 4, 2010

Not Just Another Self-Help Book

There's probably millions of self-help books available for one to purchase and read today. Many of us go through so much in life and we tend to resort to turning to others to help us get through the daily grind. Self-help books are probably the most sought after items in a bookstore second to fiction novels, like the Twilight saga and The Diary of the Wimpy Kid series that topped the charts in 2009.

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The human race has managed to come up with a variety of psychological issues with good-sounding names used to describe whatever stressful scenario an individual finds himself in. With all these so-called problems "issues" we have in life, authors of self-help books offer a solution that may alleviate the many different levels of pain we have in this life.

Although I don't discredit any self-help book that's in Amazon or Barnes and Noble, I believe they're really not as beneficial to the reader. Why? Because the "lessons" we may get from them come from a person just like you and me who see life through human eyes. What we read is still within the human realm - the human level of reasoning. What good does it make if we rely on advice that comes from an equally created being who also goes through the same roller coaster of emotions we do and deal with the same issues we have?!

I believe it's better for all of us to rather hear an advice from someone who really knows us. Someone who knows every single detail in our lives, and understands every ounce of our human frailty in the face of a life storm. I'm talking about an Author whose Word is settled beyond the feeble human being's reach.

"For ever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven." (Psalm 119:89) KJV, italics added

The bible is the all-time bestseller in the entire world, but also the all-time most taken-for-granted self-help book! Most families who have bibles in their home do not really realize that they have the world's best self-help book in their midst. We seldom consider the bible as that, I know. We usually convince ourselves that it's a very holy book that tells of many wonderful stories that we can enjoy reading. But alas, the bible is more than just a story book. In fact, it's not just another self-help book! It is our blueprint for life. It is the manual for human beings to read in order to function well in this life!

We all want to "LIVE" THE life. We all want to have the wisdom to figure out THIS life. But don't you think it's funny when most of the time we pretty much answer with "I'm FINE" when asked how our life has been? It reminds me of a preacher who puts it this way when we say we're FINE: Freaking out, Insecure, Neurotic and Exhausted. I admit, that is true for the most of us. That is why we truly need a self-help book to get by with this life.

Here's one thing to think about...

"Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments." 
(Psalm 119: 4-6) KJV, emphasis added.

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We need to understand that the only book that could really help us deal with life is the one that is authored by our Creator Himself! He knows us like no-one else does. Rely on HIS Word of guidance and instructions and you'll never again be just "FINE"...

Be blessed always!

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