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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Permission to Speak Freely by Anne Jackson


Book Descprition: "In May 2008, Anne Jackson asked a question on her blog, "What is one thing you feel you can't say in church?" Hundreds responded. Everyone had a story.




Permission to Speak Freely is the artistic collaboration and movement of author Anne Jackson, who is through with keeping brokenness in the dark. Bringing to light the original intent of God's sanctuary as a place of help and healing, Anne reveals that through confession, both to God and to others, we can live lives that are whole and healed.
Told with disarming transparency, Anne shares what led to her own addictions and the ensuing lifestyle that left her wounded and withdrawn. She includes dramatic stories of others that also learned to lose their fear, pride, and masks; to identify their hurts; and to find the courage to speak freely. Readers will share in the opportunity to find their own redemption and freedom."

Beautiful. Artistic. Freeing. I must admit I was intrigued when I saw this book and I was not disappointed by it's content. At a time when I am desperately trying to be vulnerable about abuse I suffered in church, this book was an advocate for my spirit. We are not meant to keep things hidden in the dark. We are meant to place them on the alter in the light that they may be healed. Church, as beautiful as she was meant to be, needs a reformation. The problem is that we are trying to make it appear as though she has had one instead of actually healing the broken. This is one of my favorite reads of the year. May you be encouraged to bring your transparency into the house of God so that others might be healed. Please read this book.
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This book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishers.
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