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 HeatherDavisNelson.com 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.
At first, I wasn't sure about this book because I didn't really have anything to feel ashamed for, but then I read the intro. and realized I didn't have the right definition of shame. "Shame commonly masquerades as embarrassment, or the nagging sense of 'not quite good enough.' It shows up when you attempt a new venture, or when you're unsure of your place in a group. Unchecked it can become an impenetrable barrier between you and others." I read that, and then I thought, "OH! That's what shame is. This book is definitely for me."
Each chapter starts with a Scripture or a quote, and ends with questions for reflection and discussion. The 9 Chapters are: "Exchanging Shame for Beauty," "Living Shamelessly through Christ-Formed Community," "Clothed in Christ:Body Shame," "United to Christ:Social Shame," "Free in Christ:Performance Shame," "Response to Shame," "Shame in Marriage," "Shame-Free Parenting," "Shame and the Church."
So far, I've read the first couple of chapters of the book and I've learned that Jesus wants to give us joy so that we can be free from shame, and about how He clothes us with beauty. I learned that other people often feel shame about the same things we do, or went through similar experiences. I also learned that it's important to be part of a church community that offers forgiveness and where no one is made to feel embarrassed. We, in turn, also need to offer forgiveness to others and not be so quick to be judgmental or unforgiving, rather than fleeing so quickly.
I have learned a lot and I'm only on page 48! I cannot wait to read the rest and see what else I can learn! I'm so glad I decided to read this book.
If you want to check out this book for yourself, it's available on Amazon.com for only $11.04.
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