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Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: New Growth Press
Publication Date: 2016
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Honestly: Getting Real About Jesus and Our Messy LivesDaniel Fusco, D.R. JacobsenNavPress / 2016 / Trade Paperback$9.49 Retail:3.5 Stars Out Of 5 6 Reviews
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Brave Enough: Getting Over Our Fears, Flaws, and Failures to Live Bold and FreeNicole UniceTyndale House / 2015 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:4 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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I'm Happy for You (Sort Of...Not Really): Finding Contentment in a Culture of ComparisonKay Wills WymaWaterBrook / 2015 / Trade Paperback$10.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 4 Reviews
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We like to pretend that hidden agendas are just for self-important bosses or egotistical politicians, but we all have them. Deep down, we all have a secret plan for getting from where we are to where we want to be, even if we refuse to admit it to ourselves.
And if our hidden agendas aren't enough, we wear masks to obscure the truth even more. We put on these masks-like religion, appearance, power, politics, or protection-to drive our agendas. But all of this leaves us feeling phony, ashamed, guilty, and afraid.
It's killing us and hurting those we love. But for most of us, it will be a cold day in a hot place before we will be fully honest with anyone else.
There is so much more to life than hiding, pretending, and never being loved. In fact, there is already one person who sees behind the masks we wear and the hidden agendas that drive us. It does no good to tell God that you're sick when you're drunk, that you love him when you don't, or that you didn't steal and eat an apple (with apple juice dripping down your chin). God always recognizes and loves the "you" behind the mask.
So what can we do about the hidden agendas we have and the masks we wear? How can we gather the courage to be real? "Being real" has to start with your relationship with your heavenly Father. God already knows you inside and out. But God doesn't know you in order to "out" you to your friends. His unconditional love for his own is reason we can pray to our Father without fear of rejection or judgment. Knowing God's love, knowing that your heavenly Father is for you not against you is the only reason to give up your masks and develop the type of authentic relationships you never thought you could have.
Amelia5 Stars Out Of 5Challenging and Insightful Read!June 30, 2016AmeliaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book was a good and challenging read from Pastor Steve Brown. In the book Brown addresses the masks we tend to wear and how that affects who we are as Christians as well as how it affects others. Wearing these masks that he discusses in his book also hinders in our relationship with Christ an from being who God wants us to be. This book is one that everyone needs to read. It will challenge you to examine the hidden masks you have in your own life. It may not be easy hearing what he has to say but it is worth it.
I was given a copy of this book from Litfuse in exchange for my review.
Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Dropping the masks...June 23, 2016Kristieupstate NYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Hidden Agenda: (dropping the masks that keep us apart)," by Steve Brown is an eye-opener read that is so honest and so fresh that it will keep you turning the pages and leave you thinking about it long after you close the book. In the very first chapter, Steve shares when he had an emotional breakdown and made some major changes in his life. He states that he was alone in his office with no one to encourage, no one to impress, and no one to convince; this really stuck out to me and has stuck with me. I thought about a typical day of mine and how much of that day I am hidden behind a mask because I feel like I have to encourage someone or convince them of something or impress them by how many things I can get done or how many things I can balance. The important thing is how I feel behind these masks, how these masks are affecting me. I really like the self-reflection questions at the end of the chapters and also the tips for small groups reading through this book together. I think this would be an excellent choice for a small group to work through together, but it is also a great choice to read on your own as well. I was constantly reminded throughout this book that God can see the real me behind my masks and also to make me mindful of my true agendas.
debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Hidden Agenda ~ Steve BrownJune 19, 2016debsMaineAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Steve Brown is a pastor who has written this book about our hidden agendas. This book is about how we really feel and how we can stop the acting and start living the way GOD wants us to live. Steve tells his story of how being a pastor is not what you really see. He shares the questions that we all have in life of when to be your true self and how to handle situations that can get you in trouble or show your real character.
I would recommend this book to everyone, it was very well written and so helpful. I couldn't put this book down, it was a great read. If you want to have an easy read to be a better person, read this book. If you want to understand that everyone is on the same page, pastors, business people, moms, friends, family, etc.... read this book. This is one of those books that you keep for a reference and go back and re-read. It is a great book to keep on the shelf for easy access. Steve has done a great job writing and the humor in this book makes you laugh out loud. Love this book!!!!
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through Litfuse. 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