Saturday, November 6, 2010

Permission to Speak Freely

Just finished a powerful book by Anne Jackson entitled "Permission to Speak Freely; Essays and Art on Fear, Confession and Grace". In it, Jackson faces issues head on. She works on the issue of why it is so difficult to be honest in the church. Deep stuff.

She shares about the sexual experience that she had with a Youth Pastor when she was 16 and how that has impacted her life. And she shares openly about her own struggle (to this day) with pornography. She approaches topics openly and candidly. The book is powerful. It is especially powerful for those struggling with secrets, shame, confession and really feeling unsure of what to do with it all.

Jackson sums it up best at the end of the book when she affirms readers while describing this book: "You've challenged yourself to think outside chapters that seamlessly flow in and out of each other and instead jumped into a messy combination of art and story and Scripture."

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