The gift of going second, thats is what Anne Jacksons precious gift to the reader. By sharing her own addictions and brokenness, she ultimately open the door topics which previously kept in the dark in the Christian communities. Issues which are taboo before, now are more readily to be openly discuss. This in turn contribute to more people being freed and reconnected with God.I have a mixed feeling about this book when I first started reading it. As part of the title says Essays and Art on Fear, Confession, and Grace, I am consciously looking for compilation of articles shared by different people. However, what I found is Annes personal sharing throughout the book, mixed with different type of medias, such as sketches, photographs, postcards, poems which double as illustrations for the book.Once, I got pass my earlier assumption, I began to enjoy the book. I also appreciate Annes effort for not turning this book into a typical self-help book, as if all the problems in our life can be categorized into particular category and can be solved by Step 1, Step 2, Step 3 etc. Life is much much more complicated than that.
I have really enjoyed listening to this audio. It is so refreshing to listen to someone who is able to be so open and honest about the things they struggle with. Anne Jackson has done, and is doing a brilliant job with this book, which is one of the many aspects of this audio that I love. Its not a rant against the Church, but an encouragment to reach out in grace and mercy to everyone, inside and outside of it. And to know that whatever your struggling with you are not alone.I was instantly gripped by her story and didnt want to stop listening. She really draws you in and you want to find out how everything works out. I really enjoyed her poems as well which are interspersed throughout. Her narration is excellent, being funny and poignant at times, as she knows exactly how she wants to come across. I think this book is a really great encouragement for the Body of Christ.Thanks to christian audio reviewers program for the copy of this audiobook.