permission to speak freely

The minute I heard Anne Jackson's new concept for her next book, I fell in love. The premise: all too often, our lips remained sealed to the things that haunt us - the sin, the hurt, the anger. We do this because somewhere, somehow, some unspoken rule about appearing healthy and vibrant in church gave birth and our brokenness is left at the door - ready to be picked up on our way home.

We never deal with it. Hiding becomes second nature. Truth becomes optional.

This book encourages speaking freely about these hidden issues - bringing them to light and limiting the power of darkness by admitting our weakness. Anne gives examples from her own life as a pastor's kid and the hurt her family experienced at the hand of the church as well as the hidden sin in which she found herself entangled. Perhaps my favorite section is her story about meeting Jamie Tworkowski from TWLOHA - an organization I've supported and loved for about five years. Hearing his own struggle with consistency and need for counsel proved just how important it is for us to be honest with each other. We all have issues. We all have baggage. No matter our success - we all go home and face individual ghosts from our past.

But we don't have to do it alone.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted on September 12, 2010 and filed under books.