The self-help industry is a lie. The gurus that dispense their advice on the 5 steps for this, the 7 steps for that are snake oil salesmen.
Part of the attraction of the self-help industry is the myth that we can control things. It’s a lie. Only God has ultimate control.
If self-help books (including and especially the Christian ones that fill most of the Christian bookstores) worked, there would be no more written – there wouldn’t have to be, because the one that worked would have solved all the problems.
Think about that a bit before you go out and buy the latest “how-to” book.
Then save your money and relax.
Don’t go buy those books – they will lie to you and make you feel like crap when you fail.
If you and I could be “fixed” God would have sent a book or CD, not his Son.
It is finished.
Jesus said: “Come unto me all you who labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” He meant it.
Now let me give you a quote from my friend Steve Brown:
“Almost everything we’ve been taught to do and think is not only wrong, it only makes it worse. Trying harder doesn’t work. You should know that by now. Becoming more religious will only magnify the problem. Being disciplined and making a commitment will, more often than not, cause you to “hit the rocks of reality”; and your efforts, in the end, will turn to dust. PRETENDING IS STUPID. At some point, you will slip up and be shamed. And reading the latest book on making an impact, changing your world, or being driven by a purpose (as good as those things can be) will probably drive you nuts. You will only feel guiltier. Motivational advice, biblical directives, challenges, and resolutions are dogs that simply won’t hunt anymore.” — Steve Brown
Question: Why do you think we are attracted to self-help? Now that you know the truth, what will you do?