Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Propeller Consulting, LLC through FlyBy Promotions in exchange for a honest review.
Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame is a book that offers both hope and encouragement. It discusses the differences between shame and guilt. The author, Heather Davis Nelson introduces the reader to three different types of shame, and discusses what they may look like and how it may effect our relationships. A closer look is taken into how shame can effect marriage, parenting, and even our relationships at church. There is beautiful scripture referenced, and she also discusses how through the love of Jesus and the Gospel, how we can start the healing process.
Unashamed is a wonderful read, and a book you are not going to want to put down. Each chapter contains knowledge and personal stories or examples, that many of us can relate to. At the end of each chapter, there are a few discussion questions so you can answer these yourself, or it would be fantastic as a small group or book study. At the end of the book are Scripture and General Indexes, as well as Notes for references, and also two Appendixes. One is for references for Body and Eating Disorders, and the other is for references on Abuse.
This book really hit home for me. My husband gave his testimony at church a few weeks ago, and his sister came to show her support. At the end of his testimony, she asked him why he was so hard on himself about his past. I think this is something many of us do, and we are terrified of being exposed or letting our guard down in case someone hurts us. Unashamed poses the thought of what if we are vulnerable enough to let people know the truth about ourselves, and have us all show genuine, Godly love towards each other. Our church embraced my husband's testimony, and many came up to him afterward to let him know about their past and how his testimony gave them peace about their past.
Many of us are dealing with our own battles. Unashamed tells us shame should not be one of them. Through the examples given, we may recognize ourselves, a neighbor, a friend, a spouse, a parent, a child or a co-worker. This is an outstanding book on how to show that person or even yourself, that you or they are worthy of the love of Jesus. If you are looking for an excellent and insightful read this summer, you don't want to miss this book! I give it a 5 out of 5 stars!
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.
Disclosure: Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller / FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. There will be one winner who will receive a physical copy of the book, Unashamed. Giveaway opens June 30, 2016 at 12:00 a.m. and will expire July 7, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. Best of luck to all who enter :)