Who do you want to be?
If you’re unhappy with what you see in the mirror or what you feel you are, Glenn Sasscer’s new book, Not Who I Want to Be, was written just for you. Sasscer’s 224-page book seems partially inspired by a small but significant encounter that inspired him to consider how others saw him and how that compared to the way he was perceiving himself. This encounter prompted Sasscer to believe that how he saw himself was significantly different from how others saw him.
Not Who I Want to Be begins with a few chapters that reminded me of college textbook readings. It appeared that a lot of time was spent constructing these chapters so readers can understand some important psychology concepts. If you’re familiar with things like self-schema and self-image, you’ll probably be bored with this section. But a basic foundation is always required to get to more substantial material.
However, in the case of Not Who I Want to Be, the later chapters of the book were not what I expected them to be. If the goal of the book was to replace a negative self-image with a positive one, the book didn’t get there. And while many of the concepts discussed in the book are valuable – things like the importance of having relationships with others, forgiveness, and a relationship with Christ – the book fluctuates from its stated purpose of helping the individual find a “true reflection…”
Not Who I Want to Be is on-point in the sense that there are many messages thrown at men and women telling them that they don’t measure up and that they aren’t good enough, and that there are ways the Bible can help people with their low self-esteem. However, Now Who I Want to Be tackles the self-esteem problem using the message that sin and rebellion are the most likely causes of these problems. The book doesn’t seem to give people the benefit of the doubt that something other than sin or rebellion is causing their problems. The ways the Bible can help people out of a negative mindset by helping them to create a positive self-image is also lacking.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from ACU Press/Leafwood Publishers as part of their ACU Press Bookclub Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.