If a good book is one that challenges dearly held beliefs and invites deep reflection, then Confronting the Myth of Self-Esteem is a good book. One may initially wonder what a wife, mother, and educator with a degree in English and postgraduate work in ancient Near Eastern studies is doing writing an anti-self-esteem book. But it doesn’t take long for the author to establish herself as one who has thought deeply about the myth of self-esteem as she draws from her own experiences, which include extensive missionary service.
Ester Rasband is indeed a woman with a mission, and she tenaciously undertakes her self-appointed mission—which at times seems less like confronting and more like combating. Her missionary zeal is palpable as she chisels and whacks away at society’s fruitless pursuit of self-esteem and presents keys to assist the reader to turn away from self-help and others-help in the futile quest for self-esteem and to turn to the Lord for divine confidence and peace. Somewhat ironically, her twelve recommendations are presented in a self-help manner.