Mythical Me: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison

Reviewed  by:

 Ellie Tiemens from Worth, IL, a Professional Writing student at Taylor University in Upland, IN.



Mythical Me: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison


Richella J. Parham


InterVarsity Press

Publication Date:

October 2019


Print book


135 pages


The world seems flooded with reasons to compare ourselves to others. Whether we perceive others’ success, personality, relationship status, or beauty to be more than our own, getting caught up in comparison is a common theme in life.

Richella J. Parham attacks this myth of not measuring up to others through personal stories, practical tips, and challenging questions that prompt the reader to consider who they are in the eyes of God. Chapters attack common myths that we believe, truths about God, ourselves, and others to hold onto, how to move forward from comparison, and how to make peace with past troubles with comparison. Integrated with Bible stories, personal anecdotes, and challenging reflective questions, this book will speak ease into any mind troubled with the anxiety of comparison.




Suggested Audience

This book is great for emerging teens, young adults, and adults who struggle with comparing themselves with others. Written from a Christian perspective, this book is intended for Christian readers, particularly those who are struggling in how they view themselves through God’s eyes.

Christian Impact

This book speaks to a theme that many Christians struggle with, but a theme that many Christians don’t often talk about. Each chapter concludes with questions that encourage readers to think deeply about their relationships with themselves, others, and God.

Other Notes

Something that I found was missing from this book, however, was a broad look at comparison. Due to her own personal struggles, the author focuses primarily on the comparison of physical appearance. Especially in younger teens and adults, comparison based on talent, success, and relationships is prominent. This book could have placed a more intentional focus on those other common struggles.

Mythical Me: Finding Freedom from Constant Comparison

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