Naked And Unafraid: 5 Keys To Abandon Smallness, Overcome Criticism, and Do All You Were Born to DoKevin GeraldFaithWords / 2020 / Hardcover$12.99 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 14 Reviews
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bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Good encouragement to be all God calls us to beFebruary 21, 2020bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4What an encouraging book. Gerald uses several experiences in David's life to encourage us to live a vulnerable life. He emphasizes David, celebrating upon the return of the ark, nearly naked yet dancing with joy. In contrast is David's wife, inside, safe but criticizing. Do we want to stay safe and be critical or are we willing to be adventurous and vulnerable?
One of my favorite parts of the book was the formula Gerald uses to renew the spirit of his mind, detailed in a previous book. It's a good tool to battle the negative internal talk. He calls it FAITH: (Loc 1401/2718)
Focus on the positive
Imagine God doing something good
Trust God in everything
Hope for the best.
There were some surprises in the book, like the role of stress and the importance of fun. (Put your fun face on.) And there were some hard parts, like owning our whole story, even the parts over which we had no control. Another was Gerald's teaching on Ps. 119:165b, not being offended.
My favorite quote: "Pain is unavoidable, but staying hurt is optional."
This book is a good general encouragement to be all God has called us to be. Gerald's writing style is a good one as he provides encouraging stories along with his teaching. Questions for personal reflection or group discussion are provided at the end of each chapter.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
Tony Mangone5 Stars Out Of 5Have the courage to go where you need to go!February 18, 2020Tony MangoneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Playing it safe is not always the best course of action! In fact,when we play it safe, we may be passing up valuable opportunities. In his new book, Naked And Unafraid, Kevin Gerald uses the Bible story of King David dancing naked in the streets while his critical wife watches safely from a window, as a means for us to complete a self examination; therefore causing us to discover some truths that we may have never otherwise examined. This book examines a decision that we all face. A decision that is made so many times but yet remains below our level of acknowledgment. Our life decisions are born out of it. Pastor Gerald takes a hard look at the window or the dance decision. He defines vulnerability and uses probing questions at the end of each chapter by which the reader may examine if he or she is a window watcher or a street dancer.
Playing it safe will get you stuck. You retreat to your seat in the window where wrong assumptions are often arrived at. After all that's where the smart people are right? The no guarantee realization is the very basis for vulnerability and is a big cause of opportunities being passed up. The street dance is avoided and the more secure position of window watcher is chosen. Vulnerability causes us to be uncomfortable! By way of a personal experience Pastor Gerald tells how it was by prayer that he realized that God offers opportunities to make choices that will determine the possibilities. Choices that if embraced would have God standing with him through the process. Remember! Fear is the underlying basis for window logic. This book encourages the reader to take the plunge from window watching into the better option of street dancing.
Playing it safe is dangerous, and avoiding risk is not a less dangerous approach to life than taking risk. Pushing your vulnerability by putting yourself in uncomfortable places where there are no guarantees, at risk without control of the outcome, may seem difficult. This is why we wear robes (metaphorically speaking), robes hide things, removing them is scary. Robes, however, should serve us not rule us. David removed his literal robe! He set aside his status. In this book the reader learns that a robe should be worn loosely and it should always be ready to be removed when it gets in the way. Don't confuse who you are with the robe you wear. Sometimes the robes must come off and there are many great examples that the author cites in this book. Staying in the window is not safe; it only feels safe. The best life is the street life.
This is a book about being open not guarded, about being vulnerable and risking exposure. It demonstrates that we should not be limited by our own self-concept. This book is about the boundaries of our heart. This easy to read and understand tool for discovery may take you to a place where you really need to be if you have the courage to go. I enjoyed the path to discovery and examination that it provided and recommend it highly.
Chloe5 Stars Out Of 5Read this book!February 5, 2020ChloeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Thank you, Kevin Gerald, for writing a book that equips us with tools to abandon smallness and have the courage to be who we are made to be! Naked and Unafraid is encouraging and a must read!
I love this quote from the book: "The key is not to allow self-imposed limits where God has given wide-open spaces."
Let's not be afraid any long3er5 Stars Out Of 5amazing readFebruary 4, 2020Let's not be afraid any long3erQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book helps stretch you and grow you, there isn't anything that he's left unturned. In a world where people are afraid to be vulnerable, this book helps push yourself into overcoming and abandoning small thoughts. In the words of Kevin Gerald "whatever consumes your mind will consume your life!" If you haven't purchased this book you need to!!!
Nina5 Stars Out Of 5Naked is a lifestyleFebruary 4, 2020NinaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5One of the things I have struggled with in my life is fear. What I love about this book is that it's challenging my thinking and showing me ways to overcome my fear. I love that it's teaching met to look to the future instead of my current circumstances. AND to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you want to be a better version of you... READ THIS BOOK!