Note to Self
aI am thoroughly engrossed with Joe Thornas personal meditations on preaching the gospel to oneself. He combines a clear biblical knowledge with an excellent grasp of doctrine from a historical Reformed perspective and is able to press home a rich...
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aI am thoroughly engrossed with Joe Thornas personal meditations on preaching the gospel to oneself. He combines a clear biblical knowledge with an excellent grasp of doctrine from a historical Reformed perspective and is able to press home a rich application of each aspect of truth to the development of personal holiness. These applications are not trite, but arise from knowledge of the churchas best soul doctors. My wife and I have been reading this each evening and have profited greatly. Each chapter can be managed in less than five minutes but provides an eveningas worth of rich reflection.a -Tom Nettles, Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary aI know of no other books that deal with the issue of preaching to yourself directly, and I canat imagine another book will come along to fill the void better than Note to Self. Pastor Joe Thorn offers a richly pastoral, theological, and practical guide for thinking through the Christian life. After reading Note to Selfyou will not only have Joeas notes on how to preach to yourself on issues related to God, others, and yourself, but you will also have a model for practicing the discipline on your own.a -Ed Stetzer, President, LifeWay Research aNote To Selfis a gospel-guided smart bomb scoring a direct hit on our strongholds of emptiness. But the explosion it detonates is life-giving. It clears the way for Christ to enter in with powers of salvation where we really need help.a -Ray Ortlund Jr., Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee aMartyn Lloyd-Jones once said that most of your unhappiness is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself. Joe Thorn brings this truth to bear on a new generation in Note to Self. Itas filled with pastoral concern and practical advice, packaged as brief notes. Iave been looking for a book like this my entire Christian life, and itas every bit as good as I hoped it would be. Iam buying a copy for everyone in my church.a -Steve McCoy, Pastor, Doxa Fellowship; blogger, Reformissionary aJoe Thornas gift to our spiritual well-being is a contemporary, practical example of what the Puritan pastor Richard Baxter called adiscursive meditation.a At once both convicting and exhilarating, Note to Selfis a great resource for cultivating the godly habit of preaching to oneself.a -C. Ben Mitchell,Graves Chair of Moral Philosophy, Union University aJoe Thorn has not only given us a good piece of writing, heas given us a great idea! Note to Selfis a series of brief notes in which aJoea preaches the gospel to himself on a wide range of topics. The notes offer memorable insights on our view of God, others, and self. Everyone should write anotes to self.a Read this book and learn firsthand how to write the gospel into every nook and cranny of your life!a -Jonathan Dodson, Lead Pastor, Austin City Life, Austin, Texas; founding leader, The GCM Collective; author, Gospel-Centered Discipleship aI talk to myself. Joe Thorn wants me to talk to myself more. But bad grass makes the cow sick, so Joe improves my cud by turning me to the Bible itself. I need that. Regardless of oneas theological view of Law and gospel, these biblical repasts are a good chew.a -Jim Elliff, Christian Communicators Worldwide aJoe Thorn is my favorite kind of pastor-a theologian and a shepherd. Even better, he is a serious follower of Jesus Christ. Listen to him atalk to himselfa and you will discover that he is doing more listening than talking. Read Note to Selfand it will help you to hear Godas word and discern the gracious moving of his Spirit in your own life.a -John Koessler, Professor & Chair of Pastoral Studies Department, Moody Bible Institute aJoe Thorn has written a series of devotions that are concise and clear but also profound and penetrating. This is just the sort of resource that frazzled and frayed people (like this pastor!) need to read to come back to center and be refreshed by the wonder of the gospel and the beauty and majesty of the Lord Jesus Christ.a -Chris Brauns,author, Unpacking Forgiveness; Pastor, The Red Brick Church, Stillman Valley, Illinois aNote to Selfteaches you a skill that will permanently change your life: the skill of preaching to yourself. This is a forgotten habit in our day, and Joe Thorn winsomely models how to resurrect this lost art. Note to Selfmodels what I want to see more of in my life and in the lives of the people I pastor. Practice what this book preaches and your life will be different.a -Justin Buzzard,Lead Pastor, Garden City Church, San Jose, California; author, BuzzardBlog.com aItas not enough to simply call people to the gospel. We must help them make the connections between the gospel and their everyday living. Joe Thornas Note to Selfis gospel proclamation and application at its best. I will put this in the hands of my people." -Daniel Montgomery, Lead Pastor, Sojourn Community Church, Louisville, Kentucky
We need good preaching—preaching that challenges us by God’s Word and brings the comfort that comes from God’s promises. Yet many of us rely solely on others to preach to us and are not benefitting from the kind of preaching that should be most consistent and personal—preaching to ourselves.
Note to Self is a practical introduction to this daily discipline. Pastor Joe Thorn delivers fifty brief, devotional chapters that model preaching the gospel to ourselves and its practical implications. Readers will be challenged by the book’s direct, personal exhortations to apply the law and the gospel to their own lives. Part of the Re:Lit series.
JOE THORN nbsp;is the founding and lead pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in Saint Charles, IL. He is an active blogger and has written fornbsp; Founders Journal .