Spirituality and Self-Esteem: Developing the Inner Self (Bookshelf eBook)(edit)
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What is spirituality? What is self-esteem? We hear both terms frequently, but do we know what they really mean? In a world that encourages false appearance, telling the difference between genuine spirituality and self-esteem and their imitations may be difficult. So how can we know what true spirituality and self-esteem are, and then, how can we develop them?
The answers to those questions, according to Richard L. Bednar and Scott L. Peterson, go to the heart of what members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints know about our eternal nature as children of God. Each of us has an eternal identity that is unique. That identity is spiritual. It existed before we were born, and it accompanied us into mortality.
The authors suggest that true spirituality and self-esteem come from looking inward to our eternal identity, the part of us that is in tune with the Light of Christ. When we follow the inklings of our inner, eternal self and the promptings of the Spirit, we experience greater self-approval, which is confirmed by approval from the Lord. That approval is essential to the process of developing both spirituality and self-esteem.
Richard Bednar and Scott Peterson focus on the realities and difficulties of everyday life in cultivating spirituality and self-esteem. Those realities and difficulties include:
- Covering up personal and marital problems, only to make them worse.
- Pleasing others while displeasing ourselves.
- Being content to go through the motions of praying and of reading the scriptures.
- Using position, power, and prestige to impress others.
- Avoiding people or places out of fear.
- Being self-centered and prideful.
The authors offer solutions that will help us cope successfully with the day-to-day realities of our lives as we cultivate true spirituality and self-esteem.
About the Authors
Richard L. Bednar, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University, has published widely in professional books and journals. A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he has served as a bishop and Sunday School teacher. He and his wife, Saundra, are the parents of three children.
Scott R. Peterson was a training and development specialist with LDS Social Services for fourteen years before becoming a writer and producer of educational videos. Brother Peterson has served as Young Men’s president, counselor in a bishopric, and primary chorister. He and his wife, Lynne, have five children.
Self-Esteem vs Self-Worth
by Alan - reviewed on November 18, 2011
A good book, however, personally I would have preferred they would have used the term 'self-worth' instead of 'self-esteem'. I preferred more the book "Confronting the Myth of Self-Esteem: 12 steps to finding peace" by Ester Rasband. Apart from the use of terms, the book has many good points to ponder on and apply. Getting a balance in life is not about home vs career, rather is is balancing the demands of the external world with the needs of our inner soul.
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