Mythical Me: Finding Freedom From Constant Comparison
:Do you ever find yourself stuck in the comparison trap? Speaker and author Richella Parham knows what this feels like. "I couldn't break free from admiring one person's achievements, someone else's personality, another's skills, yet another's relationships. And don't...
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:Do you ever find yourself stuck in the comparison trap? Speaker and author Richella Parham knows what this feels like. "I couldn't break free from admiring one person's achievements, someone else's personality, another's skills, yet another's relationships. And don't get me started on how I looked at other people's appearances," she writes. "I was haunted by the admirable attributes of other people, certain that I could never match their worthiness. No matter how well-intentioned the teaching or pithy the advice, I found that most of it didn't help me change my thoughts, feelings, or actions." While there are no easy answers, Parham has identified cultural and spiritual myths about others, God, and ourselves that keep us trapped. From there the journey is a spiritual one. We can pick up practices that help us walk in the freedom of Christ with confidence in ourselves. If you've ever suffered from tortured moments of comparison on Facebook, in the office, or in the hallway at church, you'll benefit from this fresh perspective.
Richella Parham is a writer, speaker, and the author of A Spiritual Formation Primer. She serves as vice-chair on the board of directors at Renovaré, and she is also the worship coordinator at The Gathering Church and a member of the Redbud Writers Guild. Richella lives in Durham, North Carolina, with her husband, Jack.
- <strong>part I</strong>
- The Problem: Distorted Vision
- 1. The Mythical Composite Woman
- 2. What Is Comparison And Why Do We Do It?
- 3. Myths We Believe
- <strong>part Ii</strong>
- The Promise: Corrected Vision
- 4. Truth About God
- 5. Truth About Ourselves
- 6. Truth About Others
- <strong>part Iii</strong>
- The Path: Learning To Walk In The Light
- 7. Making Peace With The Past
- 8. Transforming Our Minds Day By Day
- 9. Moving Forward Together
- 10. A View Along The New Way