Compared to her by Sophie de Witt
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Good and very short look at the problems that follow compulsively comparing ourselves with others. Not all comparisons are bad, just most of them.
If comparison-itis is the negative, the positive is contentment, found only in the sure blessings of Christ. De Witt explains all of this around three axes: significance, satisfaction, security. These three, helpfully, crop up again and again as de Witt explains cause, effect and treatment of the curse of comparison.
This is a book aimed at women, with plenty of women’s voices quoted throughout, but I’d say it is just as valuable for men.
There is one omission, or neglect, that I consider worth comment. De Witt’s method appears to focus on understanding and comprehension (of ourselves, of Jesus, of the hope we have in God). But there is little – perhaps nothing – on trust, or faith. I would expect an explanation that confidence and contentment flow from trust in Jesus, not just comprehension.