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Honesty, authenticity and vulnerability. You want to be a person who reflects these qualities. But sometimes it's just hard to reveal your deepest hardships and struggles. How are Christians supposed to have hope and experience wholeness amid personal challenges and failures? The women and men of Soul Bare not only intimately understand the risks of exposure, but they are also willing to share their most poignant and painful moments with you. Soul Bare features contributions from the best of today's influential young writers, including: Emily P. Freeman, Trillia Newbell, Holley Gerth, Seth Haines, Jennifer Dukes Lee, and many more.
|Format: DRM Free ePub|
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
|Publication Date: 2016|
- Emily P. Freeman
- Trillia Newbell
- Holley Gerth
- Seth Haines
- Jennifer Dukes Lee
- and many more
"These stories are brave, honest, and lyrical: a mosaic of shadows and light. As I turned these pages, I felt like I was being invited to glimpse a sacred cross section of the human experience. Suffering. Celebration. Despair. Hope. Sin. Forgiveness. And through it all an unmistakable thread of relentless redemption."
"If you harbor any doubts that God is present in the broken places, let this prayerful chorus of voices dispel them. Soul Bare is a psalm to what is hard and holy, a glorious song of praise to a God who reaches into darkness and blesses even our deepest wounds."
"So often Christian books offer us a well-intended formula for healingone we've heard so often, we've got it down pat. But what happens when the formula fails in real life? What happens when the right ingredients or the proper measures still leave us empty in despair instead of full with promise and hope? Soul Bare won't offer you a formula. You won't turn the final pages armed with a ready-made antidote for brokenness or a cure-all salve for sin. What you will find is raw realness: uncensored stories by real people wrestling with the grit of real life. Lean in deep to Soul Bare. Your wounds have a place here. Your heart will find a home between these pages. You will see your real self in these stories. And you will glimpse our real God."
"What does it mean to be 'authentic'? We give the word a lot of reverence, but actually stepping out in authenticity remains a frightening prospect for many of us. There are those parts of our lives that we would rather not acknowledge, that we would rather forget, that we assume would isolate us if they were found out. Soul Bare is proof that authenticity never isolates, but always invites new growth and community. Any reader is bound to find him or herself in these pages somewhere."
"I held my breath, I cried, I shuddered, I whispered prayers, I ached. Most of all, I fell more deeply in love with Jesus through these words and stories. I can't help but think how wide and deep and long this love is that finds us all so broken and yet so beautiful."
Monica Kaye Snyder5 Stars Out Of 5Soul Bare. A gritty anthology of stories where you will "be lost and found, over and over again."August 11, 2016Monica Kaye SnyderQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Soul Bare" is a beautiful anthology of short authentic, transparent, vulnerable essays. There is a gritty mix of published authors along side more quiet writers. As blogging fades into podcasts and live video streaming, there are still plenty of us who wish we could just lay it down day after day in words. If you miss that kind of intimacy, you will love this book.
Cara ends with this beautiful description of what it means to be soul bare
"This is what it means to seek God with all our heart and mind and soul. It does not mean, as anyone who has ever lingered in Christian subculture may suspect, that we have reached a pinnacle of faiththat we have simply believed hard enough.
It is to be lost and found, over and over again. It is to recognize the upside-down nature of the things of this world. It is to know that even when we are lost, we have a finding place. It is to know the word help.
Even when we have no words, even when we have only blindness and cannot take ourselves to the Word made flesh, He comes anyhow, somehowHe comes, and against all odds, we see."
You need two copies of this book...one to page flag, mark up and keep forever and one to give away to a friend.
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