Confronting the Myth of Self-Esteem: Twelve Keys to Finding Peace

by Ester Rasband

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Ester Rasband has been known to call her new book “an anti-self-esteem book,” which typically causes laughter and perplexed looks. But in Confronting the Myth of Self-Esteem, she explains that she's not against gaining confidence. But the search for self-esteem, she says, will never bring us peace or happiness. She explains: “Inadequacy is the human condition and unless we tap into the adequacy of our Father in Heaven, we live in a somewhat fearful state — fearful that our inadequacy will cause us to fail and will stand in the way of our being loved and valued.” While society tells us that we must focus on ourselves to feel adequate, the scriptures teach that if we lose ourselves in service, we will find ourselves. Through personal examples, scriptures, and quotes, the author shows that seeking the kingdom of God first is what generates confidence and love for—and ultimately from—others as well. This brings what humankind truly craves — peace — not “self-esteem.”

About the Author

Ester Rasband

Ester Johnson Rasband, a Brigham Young University graduate, is a wife, mother, and educator with a bachelor’s degree in English and postgraduate work in ancient Near Eastern studies. She has taught institute and served two missions: the first with her husband when he presided over the Canada Montreal Mission from 1987 to 1990, and the second as he served as second counselor in the presidency of the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah, from 1996 to 1998. She is currently a gospel study instructor at the Missionary Training Center.

Ester is the author of three previous publications: What Think Ye of Christmas?, Mother Love, and Man and Woman: Joy in Oneness. She has served as ward and stake Young Women president and in ward Relief Society presidencies and has taught Gospel Doctrine and other classes in the Church. She and her husband, James, live in Provo, Utah. They have two sons and seven grandchildren.

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Excellent book
By , Submitted on 2017-07-12

Great book on proper focus, and who really is important and worthy of our efforts. Not ourself.

Great Book!
By , Submitted on 2016-06-30

I seriously love this book. I have bought several copies and given them away as gifts. It is a fairly short book but wonderful meaningful teachings about what to focus on for our inward peace and acceptance. Some of the things I have learned from this book are: The PURSUIT of self-esteem and trying to build ourselves up more than others is the problem. Gain your confidence from the Lord. You can't have everything - you have to choose what is important to you. If I had all the time in the world and Jesus sitting in the passenger seat, I could do anything I was asked to do. If you feel you need a "counselor" be sure to choose one that understands the Atonement of Jesus Christ. These and many more truths, I still think about because of this book.

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