The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness by Timothy Keller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This book is short (48 pages) and profoundly challenging. The simplicity of the
message will rattle around in the tombs of our soiled memories.
Keller looks at our condition in this inflated/deflated world. The
world is flat and black and white; while we perform in our shadowed
reality. There is only one way to the truth and the light. We find
ourselves off the beaten track and lost. Until, we are picked up for vagrancy.
We are then brought to a trial room with only the
smiling mob and the Court Jester. Every day we wake to a trial, much
like the trial of the main character in Franz Kafka's The Trial.
We find that all the jurors are pointing at us and laughing at our
hopeless condition, because we still think we can save ourselves. We
think that there is a way for us to justify our own actions. We cower at
our reflected image and our ballooned ego lets out a gasp and we find
ourselves thinner than Jack Sprat.
Where is your heart (insert your name here)? is the first question the Supreme Court Jester asks.
We say in response, "I played the game! I played by the rules! How can you accuse me of being a loser on my own?"
The Jester replies, "Who do you want to be son, than be that person."
We wake up and the trial resumes.
shows us how to break out of this fun house and self delusion
through the reliance of Christ. For Christ has already won the trial that we continually want to defend our sins by. Court Jesters have no problem in enabling us to feel that we must wage a defense. The battle wears us out. Keller shows us a way out of this soul defeating routine.
Freedom of Self Forgetfulness must be read by anyone who
struggles with depression or anxiety in the modern world.