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Your Future Self Will Thank You – Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible & Brain Science – a Guide for Sinners, Quitters & Procrastinators by Drew Dyck

Your Future Self Will Thank You - Secrets to Self-Control from the Bible & Brain Science - a Guide for Sinners, Quitters & Procrastinators by Drew DyckStars: ****

Moody Publishers (2019)
Christian Living/Spiritual Growth
224 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: Why can’t I control my anger? Or stop overeating? Or wasting time online? Why can’t I seem to finish my projects? Or make progress in my spiritual life? Why do I fall for the same stupid temptations over and over again?

When we fail, its easy to make excuses or blame our circumstances. But let’s face it: the biggest enemy is usually the one staring back at us from the mirror every morning. We lack self-control. Self-control isn’t very popular these days. We tend to think of it as boring, confining, the cop that shows up and shuts down the party. But the truth is that people who cultivate this vital virtue lead freer, happier, and more meaningful lives. After all, our bad habits—from the slight to the serious—bring a host of painful consequences. Ultimately, they keep us from becoming the people God created us to be.

Your Future Self Will Thank You is a compassionate and humorous guide to breaking bad habits and growing your willpower. It explores Scripture’s teachings on how to live a disciplined life while offering practical strategies for growth based on the science of self-control. Whether you want to deepen your spiritual life, conquer an addiction, or kick your nail-biting habit, this book will help you get motivated, stay on track, and achieve your goals.

Sure, self-control is hard, but it doesn’t have to be that hard. Get the help you need to be freer, happier, and more productive. Your future self will thank you!

Your Future Self Will Thank You

This was a pretty good book on self control from a Christian perspective but unfortunately the title and the book cover didn’t draw me in and I put off reading it because of that. I think it would do better if it were rereleased with an updated title and cover.

That said, the quality of the actual writing is great. It’s not a magic trick, I don’t feel so much better at self-control now that I read it or anything but it makes some good points that other books don’t. I think I could benefit from reading it again once or twice more and trying to implement some of it’s points.

The main point I got from the book and that really struck me is that we need a reason to self-control that is bigger than us. Having self-control just to look better or be healthier is not enough because we have trouble seeing the bigger picture during moments of temptation. The book suggests that we control ourselves for God first and foremost. If I’m tempted to eat a cookie when I’m not hungry, knowing it’s not good for me isn’t enough to stop me. However knowing that God wants me to be healthy and I’d be letting down God by eating the cookie might be enough to make me pause. I’m not very good at explaining it but it really made me think.

Sections of the book include: Why we need self-control, self-control isn’t about you, meeting the enemies, hope for growth (growing willpower muscles), habits, building healthy habits, dumb things Christians think about self-control, self-control in the digital era and learning from addicts.

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