OBU professor Dr Alan Noble publishes book
Dr. Alan Noble, associate professor of English at Oklahoma Baptist University and editor of the online magazine Christ and Pop Culture, published his latest book on October 12.
The book “You Are Not Your Own: Belonging to God in an Inhuman World” is currently the best-selling book on Amazon in Christian Theological Anthropology.
In “You Are Not Your Own”, Noble explores how Christianity is transforming the way we understand our individual identities, our families, our society and God. Contrasting worldly and Christianity views on life, Noble opens a door leading out of the suffocating pressure of secular life and into a liberating understanding of who we are as children of God.
Noble spoke of the two main inspirations that made him spend about three years thinking, researching, and writing “You Are Not Your Own.”
“First, I saw in my own life and in the lives of my students and friends a deep weariness, as if our lives weren’t sustainable,” Noble said.
This weariness can manifest itself in burnout, addiction and many other negative effects in the daily life of various people. Although there are a few who try to overcome the pain of this lifestyle, everyone seems to accept the idea that society is hostile to human beings.
“Society demands too much of us,” he said. “We are supposed to become the ‘best version’ of ourselves, constantly optimize and improve ourselves, create our own brand, discover and express our true selves, and so on. It is all exhausting.
While the world may interpret this message of empowerment as empowering, in practice it is an “overwhelming responsibility – a responsibility that never really delivers on its promise of a free and fulfilled life, but rather leaves us exhausted,” depressed, anxious and alone, “the book’s description on Amazon reads.
In other words, the environment in which human beings, as creations of God, find themselves is not designed for them. Naturally, this ends up wreaking havoc on these people.
Noble also touched on a second inspiration for his book.
“I have noticed that many of the great problems in our society have one thing in common: they all assume a theory of the human person, an anthropology,” Noble said. “They assume that to be human is to be yours and to belong to yourself. Whether it is about poverty, education, abortion, crime, sexuality, consumerism, environmentalism. or bioethics, whenever we assume that we are our own, we are very quickly led to unbiblical, destructive and dehumanizing results.
With both of these societal issues recognized, Noble said he found a deeper understanding of the weariness, burnout and depression he witnessed in those around him.
“Life seems unbearable because we are taught and expected to live in a radically independent way …” But this is not how God made us live. “
According to Noble, the biblical truth is that we are not our own, but belong to God. Therefore, “You are not your own” is about belonging to God.
According to Noble, the book was written to be read by students, parents of students, young professionals, parents, Christians, non-Christians, very prosperous people, very anxious people, tired people and anyone who says “I just needed to get through the day.
According to Noble, readers of Ashley Hales’ “A Spacious Life” should also consider reading “You Are Not Yours.” In his book, Hales tackles many of the same issues, but focuses on the goodness of the limits in our lives.
“You Are Not Your Own” is dedicated specifically to Noble’s friend Larry Prater, who died of cancer a year ago. “Larry shaped a life of belonging to God and to others,” Noble said.
Noble received both a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts degree from Cal State University, Bakersfield, and a Ph.D. of. Baylor University. He has been teaching composition and literature for more than a decade, starting at Antelope Valley College in his hometown of Lancaster, Calif., Then at Baylor, before joining the OBU faculty in 2014. He was instrumental in the Fellowship on Cormac McCarthy and published a book with InterVarsity Press titled “Disruptive Witness: Speaking the Truth in a Distracted Time.”
Noble is a co-founder of the evangelical political organization Public Faith, which provides an alternative evangelical political voice. He also joined the AND campaign as an advisor. He is a freelance writer, whose work has appeared in The Atlantic, Vox, Buzzfeed, First Things, Christianity Today, and The Gospel Coalition. He has lectured on literature, popular culture, technology, secularism and related issues at a number of colleges, churches and organizations.
For more information on Dr. Noble and his publications, visit https://www.oalannoble.com. “You’re Not Yours” is available for purchase on Amazon, InterVarsity Press, Barnes and Noble, and other booksellers.
For more information on OBU, visit okbu.edu.
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