Monday, June 20, 2016

Review and Give-away: Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom From Shame

At first I wasn't so sure about this book, the title kind of threw me, but after I started reading I so related to feeling shamed (which is many times categorized as feeling guilt and shame is found in every story of suffering) and understood better of what it is and how it can keep us from truly living to what God made us to be. Many times when I have felt shame, I will shut down, build up walls of protection, and not deal with it, but it must be dealt with and there is ONE perfect person that does that for us. I was reminded in this book and am thankful that Jesus came and took that all from us, so we can be over-comers, people who have HIS righteousness and are called saints!

"Joy is a hallmark of one who is free from shame. Jesus comes to bring joy as He removes your garments of shame and gives you a royal headdress instead. In place of shame, He gives honor, beauty, joy, comfort, justice, favor, and freedom-what our hearts long for most when shame rules our emotions, thoughts, and desires." Reference to Isaiah 61:1-2,7

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
    he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
    and the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor,
    and the day of vengeance of our God;
    to comfort all who mourn;
to grant to those who mourn in Zion—
    to give them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
    the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit;
that they may be called oaks of righteousness,
    the planting of the Lord, that he may be glorified.
7 Instead of your shame there shall be a double portion;
    instead of dishonor they shall rejoice in their lot;
therefore in their land they shall possess a double portion;
    they shall have everlasting joy.

This is a book to give to those that are struggling, in the midst of pain/suffering, or have recently come out of the trenches. A great read for anybody who wants to understand more about struggles we all face, share the gospel and what Jesus did for us. We are all broken and sinners, none of us perfect and so why we need a Savior. I am thankful for authors like Heather Davis Nelson who write books like this. I can't imagine it is an easy to write about shame and how it affects us. What she shares is real stories of being shamed or causing shame to others and how we are to live and bring glory to God. After each chapter are discussion questions to review and help you to dig deeper, along with Biblical scripture throughout. She helps to see what we are here for, to bring God glory and just like the apostle Paul did, he suffered for Christ, but he was always full of HIS joy and he shared his struggles so that we can be encouraged and in return come along someone else. So like Paul, we too have the hope and can live unashamed and free because of Jesus Christ! So let's embrace our imperfectness and let Christ clothe us in righteousness so that we can be brave, love and serve others for which we are created for even when it is hard.
"Your sin is forgiven, yes and amen, and how we need this daily! But JESUS came to do even more than give you a blank slate. In union with Christ by faith, honor is part of your past and your future. Beauty rather than ashes, joy instead of despair. You are a new person - not merely an ex-sinner but a redeemed saint. Do you doubt this?" Jesus Christ bore our sin, guilt, shame, so that we know and have forgiveness, redemption and freedom!!

The author of Unashamed, is writing a 10-part series on shame at her blog, which is so encouraging. You can find the series here
For one reader, I have one book to give-away, so if you are interested in being in the drawing be sure to comment or like the post by June 25, 2016.

From promotions company: 
About the book:
Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame offers hope to those struggling under the burden of shame. This book shines the life-giving light of the gospel on the things that leave us feeling worthless and rejected, directing our attention to the God who promises to forgive and restore us—no matter what.

About the author:
Heather Davis Nelson (MA, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a writer, counselor, and speaker. Heather writes regularly at and has been a featured writer at the Gospel Coalition, as well as a contributing author to the Journal of Biblical Counseling. She and her husband are parents to twin daughters and live in southeastern Virginia. 

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