Book Recommendation: Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself

  • Posted on Fri 3, July 2015

by Joe Thorn, with review by Matt McAlvey

I have a pattern of reading a couple of chapters from the Bible on a regular basis, but I also find it refreshing to shake up my routine by dipping into the devotional thoughts of someone else. 

One of the wise friends that I turn to is Joe Thorn and his book, “Note To Self.” This book is a brief collection of two-page reflections about the discipline of preaching to yourself by which Thorn means, “the personal act of applying the law and the gospel to our own lives with the aim of experiencing the transforming grace of God leading to ongoing faith, repentance, and greater godliness.” 

Thorn writes chapter titles that catch my eye and draw me in. Two of my favorites are “Know Your Idols” and “Don’t Be a Fan Boy.” I appreciate this book because it helps me see myself more accurately and see the alluring beauty of Jesus. I hope that you find the same to be true, too.

You can pick up your copy of Note to Self at Books by the Park. For more book recommendations to help you build your personal library, please visit our website.

About the Author

Joe Thorn (MDiv, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the founding and lead pastor of Redeemer Fellowship in St. Charles, Illinois. He is an active blogger at JoeThorn.net, a contributor to The Story ESV Bible and The Mission of God Study Bible, and the author of Note to Self: The Discipline of Preaching to Yourself and Experiencing the Trinity: The Grace of God for the People of God. He and his wife, Jen, have four children.

About the Reviewer

Matt McAlvey joined Parkside's team in July 2001, and is leading Parkside's next church plant, Parkside Church Westside, in Lakewood, Ohio. Matt met his wife, Beth, in their junior year of high school during chemistry class. They have three sons, Titus, Graham, and Carter. And, despite hailing from Michigan, Matt confesses that he has become a Cleveland Browns fan. Please pray that his heart will soften when it comes to rooting for Ohio State.

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Here We Stand: An Evangelical Declaration on Marriage

  • Posted on Thu 2, July 2015

Evangelicals are not going to back down on marriage. Here's a statement I signed supporting marriage:


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Summer Support Groups

  • Posted on Fri 26, June 2015

We all go through difficult times, and we all have the responsibility and privilege to come alongside each other and support each other through these difficulties.

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World Changers 2015

  • Posted on Fri 19, June 2015

This July 18-23, members of our youth ministry will join hundreds of other kids from around the country to work on construction projects around the Greater Cleveland area.

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Book Recommendation: Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

  • Posted on Fri 12, June 2015

“Prayer is the only entry way into genuine self-knowledge. It is also the main way we experience deep change—the reordering of our loves. Prayer is how God gives us so many of the unimaginable things he has for us.”

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Freshman Are Rafting Trip

  • Posted on Fri 5, June 2015

Event information

Ohiopyle, PA

Start Time:
Mon 22, June 2015, noon

End Time:
Tue 23, June 2015, 9 p.m.

Incoming Freshmen, start your summer off with a splash and get connected with some new friends in the high school ministry at Parkside Church!

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Blossom Time Thank You!

  • Posted on Tue 2, June 2015

A BIG THANK YOU to all those who volunteered to help at our Parkside booth at the Blossom Time festival in Chagrin Falls over Memorial Weekend!!! Thank you for giving your time to represent Parkside Church in our community. We pray that many of the children who visited our booth will come to VBS this month or to the Ambassors Soccer Camp in July.

Julie Hahn, our Parkside photographer, was out and about taking photos to give everyone a "taste of Blossom Time". You can check out some of her photos below and also here.

Thanks again...we hope to see you at the booth next year!

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Ambassadors Soccer Camp

  • Posted on Fri 29, May 2015

Event information

Parkside Church

Start Time:
Tue 7, July 2015, 9 a.m.

End Time:
Sat 11, July 2015, 1 p.m.

If you're looking for a summer camp for your soccer enthusiast that offers excellent coaching and is centered around principles found in God's Word, then we invite you to consider our Ambassadors Soccer Camp, July 7-11

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Thank You Basics Volunteers!

  • Posted on Fri 15, May 2015

This past Wednesday saw the conclusion of the 2015 Basics Conference for Pastors. We are grateful for God's grace in granting another successful event hosting more than 1,200 attendees from around the world.

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2015 Basics Pastors Conference

  • Posted on Fri 8, May 2015

This Monday, May 11, marks the start of our annual Basics conference for pastors, church leaders, and seminarians.

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