I have been anxious to read Anne Jacksons Permission to Speak Freely because her originating question, What is one thing you feel you cant say in the church? has resonated with me. Really Ive got more than one thing Id like to say because I am a pastors wife that wishes she had permission to speak freely. I love my Jesus, but have often wished His people werent so plastic and full of unreal expectations. Through the powerful artwork interwoven with the storytelling of her book, I have had my scabs ripped off from the wounds of the church and have been given hope for real healing. I have been inspired to look inside myself and make sure that I am not being a part of the plasticness and not perpetuating the secrets that people feel they need to keep. I have been inspired to speak out and share my story in order to help others know they are not alone and so that they might heal also. I am convinced that Permission to Speak Freely is a powerful healing balm that so many touched by the church need. It is a book that I will read a few more times just to let it all sink in and then I will pass it on for others to be given the permission they need to admit their brokenness and then speak freely. A complimentary copy of this book was provided me by BookSneeze.
Permission to Speak Freely by Anne Jackson is a compilation of both essays and art in a book full of honest views of the church and one woman's struggle with addictions and confession. Anne is a blogger who asked the question "What is one thing you feel you can't say in the church?" and the response was MUCH larger than she expected. She began to see there are SO many people within our church walls that are hurting and struggling with different sins, yet VERY few of them are willing to say anything about it.Anne's book outlines her own personal struggles with addictions like pornography and pain killers as well as her struggle with trusting people within the church. Sadly, Anne grew up in the church (as a pastor's kid no less) and had first hand knowledge of how judgemental fellow Christians can be.The book started out well but it did tend to start wandering about half-way through. Also, this is not a "self-help" book or even a "how-to" book, but it is truly all about her struggles and shows how freeing it was for her to be able to confess these things to others...to truly work through them all. It is a very easy read and I would recommend it if only to begin thinking more about what true confession is (not just acknowledging but truly confessing and making a change).This book was provided to me for review by Thomas Nelson Publishing as part of the Booksneeze program. All opinions are my own.
I feel so lucky to have the privilege of reviewing Anne Jackson's newest book, she is a lady I have long admired from her blog. The book is a compilation of essays and art, on fear, confession, and grace. In the introduction we are presented with the question, "What is one thing you feel you can't say in the church?" and the book proceeds to offer the liberating possibility of living a life of no more secrets. I really think it is a must read for all adults and teens.Anne writes honestly, sharing her insights with her readers as if they were close trusted friends. She exposes her deeply painful past in order to lay the foundation for a beautiful message of hope and freedom. The book itself is beautifully put together, with awesome selections of art scattered throughout the pages. Reading this book was another awesome reminder that we are not alone, other people struggle with the same questions we do and that if we would just take a chance on being more honest with each other we could start a revolution! This book is amazing, and instead of sitting there, you should be buying a copy or trying to find a friend who has a copy you can borrow!Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the 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 Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Rarely do I read a book as fast as I read this one. Anne Jacksons last book kept my interest so much that I neglected everything else till I finished it, Permission to Speak Freely did the same thing. Much of her story is already familiar, but she includes more to her story as well as new Scriptural insights into her experiences. Her candid story-telling combined with the genuine confessions of others scattered throughout the book make this book a must read. The intriguing story and narrative is just half of it. The poetry and artistic elements throughout the book are enough to catch anyones attention and bring a whole new level to the work. I would highly, highly recommend going out and getting this book today. Like right now. Its that good.Also, Im supposed to let you know that I was given a free review copy of the book, but that has nothing to do with whether or not I liked it.
I just finished reading this book. And I cant stop thinking about it.Permission To Speak Freely is part memoir, part poetry, and part coffee table book. Perhaps the content would be too risqu for your coffee table. Certainly it would raise a few eyebrows in my church narthex. And that is precisely the point of Anne Jacksons book: What is the one thing you dont feel you can say in the church?Anne shares with the reader her struggles with pornography, the church and abuse she has suffered at the hands of it. In so doing, she gives all of us permission to speak freely about things that many inside the church consider taboo. The book is her story, and it is my story and your story as well. But ultimately, it is Gods story one of redemption and grace and mercy.The pages of this book are graced with poems, notes, and artwork that people posted on her blog. It is both compelling to read and beautiful to look at. Thank you Anne, for giving us all the gift of going second. Note: I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. But I think it is so important that I bought several copies to give to women I know in church ministry. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.