"We asked ourselves why we had [these fears]. Wasn't it because self-reliance failed us? Self-reliance was good as far as it went, but it didn't go far enough. Some of us once had great self-confidence, but it didn't fully solve the fear problem, or any other. When it made us cocky, it was worse." (p. 68)
"Is he not a victim of the delusion that he can wrest satisfaction and happiness out of this world if he only manages well?" (p. 61)
Before we can turn our lives over to God, we need to be convinced that the alternative, which is running our own lives, is a poor alternative.
To achieve this, here is a useful exercise:
Why can I not be trusted with my own life? What results have I been getting from running my own life?