Permission to Speak Freely: Essays and Art on Fear, Confession, and Grace - eBook  -     By: Anne Jackson
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Thomas Nelson / 2010 / ePub

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Permission to Speak Freely is the unique new project and movement of author Anne Jackson, who is finished with keeping brokenness in the dark. Bringing to light the original intent of God's sanctuary as a place of help and healing, Anne reveals that through confession, both to God and to others, we can live lives that are whole and healed.

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
ISBN: 9781418562496
ISBN-13: 9781418562496
Availability: In Stock

Publisher's Description

In May 2008, Anne Jackson asked a question onher blog, “What is one thing you feel you can’t say in church?”

Hundreds responded. Everyone had a story.

Permission to Speak Freely is the unique new project and movement of author AnneJackson, who is finished with keeping brokenness in the dark. Bringing to lightthe original intent of God’s sanctuary as a place of help and healing, Annereveals that through confession, both to God and to others, we can live livesthat are whole and healed.

Told with disarming transparency, Anne shareswhat led to her own addictions and the ensuing lifestyle that left her woundedand withdrawn, but ultimately rescued and redeemed. She includes dramaticstories of others who also learned to abandon their fear, pride, and masks; toidentify their hurts; and to find the courage to speak freely.

Their confessions, submitted as mixed mediapieces, photography, and sketches, were collected from people across the world,and are included throughout the book. Readers will share in the opportunity tofind their own path to redemption and freedom.

Publisher's Weekly

Jackson’s 2008 blog query—“What is one thing you feel you can’t say in church?”—evoked huge response and birthed a Web site that became this book, whose purpose is “to show you that you’re not alone in your battle with fear and secrets.” Jackson doesn’t pull punches when she talks about fear, brokenness, and confession. “When you confess something that’s shattered in your life,... you’re acknowledging that you need the Cross” is the typical forthright statement you’ll find here. One of Jackson’s best “permissions” is what she calls the “Gift of Going Second,” when you confess or reveal something first, which allows others the freedom to follow in candor, giving a gift that keeps moving forward. Included are pages of full-color, confessional artwork submitted to her by mail or blog, as well as her heartfelt encouragement to “step up and confess—not only the bad, but confess the good and noble as well.” This is a pointed, much needed glimpse at the toughness of life and at the grace and goodness that can come when one person speaks freely. (Aug.)Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Newburg, MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Not quite Far enough
    April 19, 2011
    Newburg, MO
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This book at the center takes on the issue of sin and the need to deal with it through God's grace by the writer telling her story of struggling with addictions and abuse as she seeks to find healing and peace. She also shares the journeys of several other people as they also find their way to healing.

    While I found this book to be quite visually stimulating with the use of illustrations and liberal use of poetry I still found it to be quite incomplete and inconsistent in the approach it took to the subject matter. While it is important to recognize sin and to ask God to give us grace to deal with the challenges we face we must remember that it is through Christ that we are able to, and are called to, have victory over sin and not sit in it. (1 Corinthians 10: 13; 2 Corinthians 5:17)

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. Texas
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 1, 2010
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Anne Jacksons, second book Permission to Speak Freely is a compilation of her own journey and artists submissions about the valley of the shadow of death. While she doesnt say it like that, she does use personal history and great tact to basically come right out and say what so many people are fearful of; to admit that Christianity isnt wrapped up in tiny little bows. We all know that is true, we all know that life is messy and there is pain. Whatever that pain is; addiction, abuse, doubt; mainly sin. Sometimes the sin is ours and other times it is the sin of others that has been thrust upon us. We struggle with wanting to talk about it. Because talking about it brings it out into the light. Admitting it is the first step to healing, forgiveness, or even awareness.
  3. Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 20, 2010
    Jade =)
    Grand Prairie, TX
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    I have met Anne a handful of times, and we have many mutual friends... I also enjoy following and reading Anne's blog and twitter posts, as she is a great writer. The topic of this book is definitely interesting. Why is it that the church is the very place we feel least comfortable being honest and open? We feel the need to paste on a happy face and pretend that everything is great around fellow Christians, when it obviously isn't. This book is Anne's contribution in breaking down that misconception, in letting us know that it's OK to be broken. We all are in some way. Anne tells her story, offers scripture, art and poetry throughout the beautifully put together book... but there is no easy answer to fix your heart. Don't expect a last chapter or paragraph tying it all up and handing you the key to healing or success. It's a personal, spiritual journey, and Anne allows you to take the reins and go from here. Anne is very open about her failures, strongholds and brokenness... we should all have an opportunity to be as honest and real.
  4. Ontario, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 20, 2010
    Michelle C
    Ontario, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    First picking up this book, I instantly flipped thru it and was drawn to read the confessions/art work post cards sent in by readers of her blog. I quickly found a couple that I identified with. I knew this was a book I ought to read. After flipping thru the book I was instantly reminded of Frank Warren's "Post Secret" Project which I loved. I enjoyed Anne Jackson's book as sort of a Christian Answer to "Post Secret." The church talks about being "real" but some of the topics of the postcards or parts of Anne's story were ones I'd never heard of in the church much less much outside of the church. The author's raw honesty drew me into her story.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 10, 2010
    Laura Day
    It started with one simple question:"What is one thing you feel you can't say in church?"The response that Anne Jackson received was phenomenal. She had struck a nerve with believers and nonbelievers alike. Using the responses she received, plus her own personal experiences, she wrote, PERMISSION TO SPEAK FREELY.Growing up in Southern Baptist churches, a preacher's daughter, it became apparent to Anne that what Christians say and do in church is completely different from what the Bible tells us. She did not see or feel the love and grace that she read about in the Bible. This made a big impression on her as a young child...a negative one. And it was the actions of those "Christians" from her early childhood that changed the course of her life. Anne set out on a journey to try to escape the loneliness she felt and the pain and confusion she was experiencing. * Alcohol * Pills * Addiction * Sex * AbuseShe was searching for that "safe" place we all long for. A place where she could talk freely about her loneliness and brokenness without feeling rejected or shunned. I am going to be honest with you...I cried while reading this book...a lot! Now, the average person may not become so emotional while reading this book, but I felt such a connection with this dear author and the suffering she experienced. I have walked a similar path with my daughter.I don't want you to think this book is all about church-bashing, because it's not. Permission to Speak Freely is a beautiful book filled with art, poetry, true confessions, the word of God, and so much more. Anne writes this book to let all of us know we are not alone in our: * Shame * Brokenness * Fear * Pain * LonelinessPermission to Speak Freely is a book we can all relate to, especially if you have ever felt to need to keep silent in church.
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