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Devra Torres

Self-Esteem Without Selfishness: Increasing Your Capacity for Love

Feb. 26, 2013, at 11:05pm

The book on self-esteem I translated last summer (and wrote about here) is out!  At least, it's available for pre-ordering from Scepter Publishers.  Here's my synopsis as it appears in the catalog:

We’ve all been exhorted to cultivate self-esteem and nurture a positive self-image. That sounds appealing. But we also know that God calls us to humility. And many well-intentioned Christians have it in the back of their minds that being humble means living their lives in a haze of discouragement, anxiety, and preoccupation with their own sinfulness.

After all, the only alternative our culture seems to offer is a vacuous “I’m OK, you’re OK” relativism: the false peace that this world gives. We

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Devra Torres

Oh, No, Not That Again!  Revisiting Self-Esteem

May. 23, 2012, at 11:19pm

What word is more overused than “love”?  Well, maybe none, but I'll wager “self-esteem” runs a respectable second, especially in America. 

We’ve got the students whose math scores are somewhere deep in the cellar of the international standings—but whose feelings about their math abilities are Number One.  

Or there was that class my daughter once took in which she was asked to describe herself in a poem.  One classmate’s effort began:

"I love me. / I'm cool as can be."

It went on in that vein, and it didn’t get better, either.  It became a sort of anti-legend in our house, an archetype of How You Kids Must Not Turn Out.

And yet, there’s clearly such a thing as healthy self-esteem, or

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