Posted On April 4, 2012

Book Review What Do You Think of Me? What Do I Care? Answers to the Big Questions in Life

by | Apr 4, 2012 | Christian Living

Twelve years ago, I graduated from high school, and in that short time the world around me has changed significantly. The internet at the time was just beginning to take off and cell phones were becoming more commonplace. Even though I went to a high school where most of the students drove BMW’s and Lexus to school, no one had an IPAD, IPhone or any other technological device. Today’s teenager is not only inundated with the need for the latest and greatest technology, but also with the need for a nice car in order to fit in with the “cool crowd”.

While this isn’t always the case at every high school, my point is teenagers are facing an enormous amount of pressure not only to have the latest technology, but also from a culture that teaches them to objectify the opposite sex. In the twelve years since I’ve graduated from high school a lot has changed, but then again a lot hasn’t changed. The world in which we live in has always been in love with itself, but the difference now is we can actively see it pursuing its own lust and greed at an accelerated rate.

Teenagers and young adults are confronted in high school and college with peer-pressure, codependency, low self-esteem and these are just some of the issues that young people are facing today. In What Do You Think of Me? What Do I Care? Answers to the Big Questions in Life, Dr. Edward Welch seeks to answer young adults questions such as, “Why is it so important to be liked, and why is rejection so traumatic? Dr. Welch’s book is structured around the problem, the heart of the matter, Who is God?, Who am I?, and Who are They?

Dr. Welch doesn’t just diagnose the problem but moves to the heart of the problem, which isn’t self-improvement but understanding who God is and who I am. As one understands who God is and who they are, one sees that there are two types of worship: true and false worship. False worship promotes idol worship, but worship of the God of the Bible leads to humbling oneself, and worshipping Him in Spirit and in Truth.

As Dr. Welch explains who God is, he teaches the attributes and nature of God, as well as His work in Creation and through His Son Jesus Christ. In the section on “Who Am I,” Welch doesn’t point to improving oneself but to the glory of King Jesus. The way to really serve people is to have as your hero Jesus Christ—the One who humbled Himself so man could know and serve Him.

In high school what others thought of me was a big concern for me. I can’t imagine what a high school student goes through today, but I do know from personal experience that fearing man always leads to compromise in our walk with God. The fear of the Lord simplifies life, but the fear of man complicates life.

As the author diagnoses the problem with us, which is our sin he never fails to bring his readers back to the Gospel. What Do You Think of Me? What Do I Care? Answers to the Big Questions in Life by Dr. Edward Welch is a very helpful book for teenagers and young adults that is full of lots of questions for teens and young adults to think through. I recommend parents get a copy of this book for your children to help them to understand how the peer pressure and other issues they are facing are not new problems, but rather old problems that have at their root, our sin. The only remedy for sin is what Christ did in His death, burial and resurrection. Only because of His work can sinners be forgiven and experience a growing and abiding relationship with Him. This book will not only help young adults to be free from the opinions of others but learn to experience genuine, loving relationships with others as they learn about themselves, others and God.

Title: What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care?: Answers to the Big Questions of LifeBook Review What Do You Think of Me? What Do I Care? Answers to the Big Questions in Life 1

Author: Dr. Edward Welch

Publisher: New Growth Press (2011)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the New Growth Press book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Related Posts

Terms of Service: The Real Cost of Social Media by Chris Martin

Terms of Service: The Real Cost of Social Media by Chris Martin

Chris Martin is convinced that social media is changing those who use it. He believes the social internet (a term he uses interchangeably with social media) is one of the defining influences of human history. In the conclusion of his book Terms of Service: The Real...

Learning from Jesus on What, Why, and How to Pray

Learning from Jesus on What, Why, and How to Pray

When a small group from our church gathers to pray every week, we start by asking God to help us pray. Every Christian wants to pray, and we all ask the same question: How? We know we need help. So, when Jesus says, “you should pray like this” (Mt 6:9), we listen....

The Biggest Story Bible Storybook by Kevin DeYoung

The Biggest Story Bible Storybook by Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung has published another resource geared toward children helping them (and their parents) see the redemptive narrative from the Old Testament to the New Testament. I have DeYoung’s previous two shorter children’s works, and I have found them both helpful as...

The Loveliest Place by Dustin Benge

The Loveliest Place by Dustin Benge

I love watching the groom at weddings. The moment he sees the bride walking down the aisle is a moment of raw and pure emotion. No one ever finds a bride more stunning than her groom. Everyone attending the wedding says how wonderful the bride looks, but she is most...

Kids, Screens and Wisdom: Polly and the Screen Time Overload Review

Kids, Screens and Wisdom: Polly and the Screen Time Overload Review

I don’t enjoy all the books my kids ask me to read, but I love Polly and the Screen Time Overload by Betsy Childs Howard. The Screen Struggle Every year Polly spends her birthday week with Gamps and Gammy on their farm, her favorite place. This year she gets a tablet...

1 Comment

  1. Avatar

    I loved this book! It was an easy read, but really made me think.

    Reply

Trackbacks/Pingbacks

  1. Reviews, Interviews, Authors and Books to Note Across the Web « Theology for the Road - [...] What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Case?  Answers to the Big Questions in Life by Ed…
  2. Depression: A Stubborn Darkness–Light for the | Depression Killer - [...] Tapers, Expanders 10mlAveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion, 18-Ounce Pump (Pack of 2)Book Review What Do You Think of…

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Share
Tweet
Email
Reddit
Share