Open: What Happens When You Get Real, Get Honest And Get Accountable, written by Craig Gross, is a book centered around the necessity of accountability within our lives.
Craig is a firm believer in accountability. For some, accountability, is comparable to having "Big Brother" watching them, but Craig adamantly disagrees. While he validates their reasoning, he also points out the logical reasoning behind accountability. In one such example, Craig states that "being accountable is the ability to live life unencumbered by many of the unnecessary weights we add to it."
In section two of this publication, Craig shares the necessity of moving from knowing what accountability is to formulating a working model within your life. Accountability cannot move into action without honesty, courage, and help. Honesty in sharing our weaknesses, courage to look deep into our lives, and the help of other people.
This publication addresses a very important topic, thus it is a recommended read/purchase by those who are trying to walk above reproach within this world.
What I am discovering about non-fiction books for me, is that I only connect with them if they are full of real-life stories. When the author shares their struggles and their victories.
This book that does that. The author shares his own experience with accountability groups and what works and what doesn't.
I have tried being accountable to someone before and it didn't work for me, because I wanted to hide my sin. I have tried being the one holding someone accountable and it didn't work because the person always came to me after they did the very thing they didn't want to do, not when they were considering it. I felt more like a trash can to dump their garbage than a support to walk them through victory.
I think this is a much needed book that churches should have stocked in their libraries. I believe people do want to be held accountable but they don't know how or what it should look like. This book tells you why you need accountability and how to make that happen.
Ultimately, it is up to each of us individually to make that choice to be held accountable, you have to want it to make it work.
I also think it is great that this book is written my a man because it empowers men to do it and see that it is possible. I think women are more likely to seek this type of relationship because of our make-up, we are relational like that, we want to pour our hearts out to someone who will understand us. Men can find this difficult, but I think this book can lead them to the road of that type of relationship.
A copy of this book was given to me by Thomas Nelson through the Book Sneeze program in exchange for an honest review.
Craig Gross is an author, speaker, pastor, and revolutionary. He shot to prominence in 2002 when he founded a popular accountability software and website. Craig is the author of nine books including his latest, Open What Happens When You Get Real, Get Honest, and Get Accountable.
In keeping with what Craig is passionate about, his latest book is a look at both the temptations that we face and the fact that many hide their secrets. We all have a version of ourselves that we'd like to be, an image we'd like to project - but somewhere deep down there is another "real" person that we are ashamed of, there are faults and cracks that we shelter from those who know us.
Which raises the question; if we hide parts of ourselves, are we really known by others? And Craig points out that this isn't limited to just deep dark sins, there are lots of things that we hide - the books we read - the movies we watch - the songs on our ipod - even the language we use. As long as there is "stuff" in your life that you don't feel comfortable sharing, or that you wouldn't want others to know about - that "closed-ness" can be a burden that you carry; and burdens are not healthy.
Well, Open is a book about accountability. I suppose in 2013 churches are slowly beginning to replace that word with "transparency." Transparency is what it means to lay your cards on the table, not to live with your life so close to your chest. The Christian life is one of confession and unburdening, so it seems to fly in the face of the Christian belief to live "closed" and not "open."
Even pastors who are transparent from the pulpit are slowly replacing the popular "CEO I-have-it-all-together" types; and certainly a transparent church is on the rise. As a culture we're experiencing a church that is turned off by the facade of "everything's fine."
Open also argues for intimacy - that is, having people in your life that you can be transparent with. I think for the most part, Christians are only comfortable confessing their darkness to God, but the bible says to "confess your sins to one another (James 5:16)" and the reason James says is so that "...you will be healed."
Isn't that what we all want? To live an open life? To live a healed life?
Open is a very relevant subject, and the book is written in an easy to read voice. As a reader you're kept interested the entire way through, with stories and Craig's encouragement.
Thank you to Thomas Nelson for this free review copy for a fair and honest review.