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Publication Date: 2016
Shame can take on many forms. It hides in the shadows of the most successful, confident and high-achieving woman who struggles with balancing her work and children, as well as in the heart of the broken, abused and downtrodden woman who has been told that she will never amount to anything. Shame hides in plain sight and can hold us back in ways we do not realize. But Christine Caine wants readers to know something: we can all be free.
"I know. Ive been there," writes Christine. "I was schooled in shame. It has been my constant companion from my very earliest memories. I see shame everywhere I look in the world, including in the church. It creeps from heart to heart, growing in shadowy places, feeding on itself so that those struggling with it are too shamed to seek help from shame itself."
In Unashamed, Christine reveals the often-hidden consequences of shamein her own life and the lives of so many Christian womenand invites you to join her in moving from a shame-filled to a shame-free life.
In her passionate and candid style, Christine leads you into Gods Word where you will see for yourself how to believe that God is bigger than your mistakes, your inadequacies, your past, and your limitations. He is not only more powerful than anything youve done but also stronger than anything ever done to you. You can deal with your yesterday today, so that you can move on to what God has in store for you tomorrowa powerful purpose and destiny he wants you to fulfill.
Join the journey. Lay ahold of the power of Jesus Christ today and step into the futurehis future for youa beautiful, full, life-giving future, where you can even become a shame-lifter to others. Live unashamed!
Christine Caine is a recognized teacher, preacher, author, and activist. As a founder of The A21 Campaign, Christine leads one of the largest non-profit organizations in the world dedicated to rescuing victims of human trafficking in twelve countries. Additionally, through her personal ministry, Christine shares messages of hope, encouragement, and freedom in churches across the globe and frequently addresses leaders of some of the worlds largest organizations. Christine and her husband, Nick, spend their time in both Sydney, Australia, and the United States, and they adore their daughters Catie and Sophie.
Ann5 Stars Out Of 5UnashamedSeptember 29, 2016AnnQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book tells of Christine's journey of beginning to look at life through the lens of resurrection instead of the lens of shame . She stresses the fact it is hard work and details how she did it. She writes in an easy to follow manner and keeps you interested to the end. I highly recommend it .
Anngladys GichuhiKenyaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Unashamed Drop the Baggage, Pick up your Freedom, Fulfill your DestinyJune 21, 2016Anngladys GichuhiKenyaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Unashamed Drop the Baggage, Pick up your Freedom, Fulfill your Destiny
Do you remember the first time you got rejected, perhaps when you were a child? And how awful that felt, and how you wanted to run and hide? And though you were not the one who did the rejecting, an awful sense of shame blanketed itself over you and you wanted to run and hide?
And perhaps this went on and there was some abuse at some point be it physical, psychological, emotional.and it all left you feeling so bad, and ashamed?
Well, so did Christine NAME. she went through all that, but God helped her to overcome it. She shares her journey in this book, Unashamed, about how God delivered her from the bondage of shame, and she is now able to walk in confidence. God can do the same for you too!!
Written in a candid, captivating way, the book will have you glued till the end. And as you rea, you will experience a myriad of emotions as you identify with her, and see yourself in her stories and those of others.
Shame keeps us from trusting others in a bid to be self-sufficient and self-protective; and also wanting to be in hyper control of everything. Here are a few questions to check yourself.
What part of your soul do you have hidden away in a double-padlocked impenetrable safe?
Shutting down in your marriage?
Giving your husband the silent treatment?
Medicating the pain with prescription drugs?
Becoming critical of other people?
Being overly compliant, and living in denial?
Avoiding close friendships to remain in hiding?
Remaining on the treadmill of performing for approval?
What destructive behaviors and patterns do you keep repeating?
Dating anyone and everyone like crazy?
Lashing out at your children?
Watching TV endlessly?
What do you keep striving to achieve to soothe your wounded soul? - Competing with your colleagues? Secretly celebrating when friends get what they deserve?
And heres some of the healing that Christine has experienced.
My wounded heart that once sought comfort and validation in busyness, accomplishment, achievement, and perfectionism is finding peace instead in Gods accomplishments and his perfection. My hands that once held so tightly to the reins of control are learning to loosen their death grip, and to guide more and control less. The heart that was so full of fear, doubt, insecurity, low self-esteem, anger, bitterness, unforgiveness, and rejection is being softened. Many of its walls have been torn down, leaving more room inside for love, joy, peace, and patience. Ive been learning that I dont need to be on guard to defend myself. Rather, I can allow the Holy Spirit to become my defense mechanism, because only God can do the impossible and tear down walls. Ive discovered that I was not created to bear shame, that Jesus bore it for me. Ive been letting God rebuild my true identity according to the Word as his beloved daughter, precious and redeemed.
I wish the same healing for you, too; for us all, really.
ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A Must Buy, Read, Highlight, and SHAREJune 18, 2016ChooseWiselyFredericksburg, VAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This book is a must read for everyone. It is written with a clear voice and purpose. If you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, Christine Caine is the founder of A21. The A21 campaign is an organization that rescues people from human trafficking. This book is her story, and the story of many others who were told they were not the right color, ethnicity, or sex to accomplish what God created them to do.
I had the privilege to see Christine Caine in person this past May, the week Unashamed hit store shelves. She speaks and writes with the same fiery passion. I could not help but hear her read this book to me after seeing her in person. The stories in this book are riveting and will leave you turning the pages to hear whats next. If you are wise, you will buy a copy of this book for yourself and buy one for the friend you know needs freedom to live Unashamed.
Freedom comes when we see ourselves as God see us. For when we see victory ahead, when we see the freedom that is coming, we are not only willing to endure, but are eager to press forward to pick up that freedom. -Christine Caine, Unashamed
Unashamed is by far the most honest and helpful book published in 2016. I highly recommend it! I was given a complimentary copy of this book by BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I have not been compensated in any way.
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Shame-filled to Shame-freeJune 16, 2016Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Christine unwrapped her sandwich, completely unaware of the scornful expressions on the faces of her Kindergarten classmates. Mmmmm . . . feta cheese and olive, she thought, taking that first delectable bite.
Whats that stinky stuff youre eating, wailed one boy, wrinkling his nose in disgust. Shes eating Greek cheese! someone announced. No wonder Greeks stink!
Surrounded by scowling faces, Christine Caine was being schooled in shame, and even though her six-year-old self did not have a word to wrap around her feelings on that day, she spent twenty-two years of her life battling the feelings of rejection that came as a result of events that followed this early memory. Ethnic bias, childhood abuse, and the perception that her Type A personality was unacceptable to her family and to her teachers taught her to hide her true self, and it became clear to her that shame had an agenda a curriculum that would rule her life if she allowed it to:
Shame teaches you to hide yourself, to hunker down wherever you can find a wall of protection.
Shame pushes you down and prevents you from becoming all you could be.
Shame whispers lies to your soul about the character of God and His love for you.
Overcoming these lies has been a miracle of grace in Christines life, and she shares her journey in Unashamed, and then challenges her readers to come out of hiding and accept the very same grace that God offered to Adam and Eve when they responded to His call and emerged from their long-ago hiding place. The fact that their Genesis 2:25 status of shame-free living came to a crashing conclusion when they disobeyed God reveals the connection between shame and guilt. Brene Brown helpfully distinguishes between the two:
Shame is the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of acceptance and belonging. . . Guilt says, Youve done something bad. Shame says: You are bad. There is a big difference between you made a mistake and you are a mistake.
Christine summarizes it this way:
Guilt is about my do. Shame is about my who.
Shame kept Adam and Eve hiding from God, rather than running to Him to deal with their guilt.
Enter: The Gospel.
The rescuing truth is two-fold. Romans 3:23 verifies our guilt; Psalm 139:14 testifies to our value and worth to God, and this is the truth around which we must shape our lives. Christine calls the love of our crucified Savior the key that will unfasten the shackles of shame.
The same voice that coaxed Adam and Eve out of hiding invites you to be found and known. The heart of compassion that brought the woman of Mark 5 out of hiding and into healing is found in the God who calls us Daughter. He invites those who are tired of bleeding into His family where what is hidden in the dark is brought into the healing Light and loses its power.
Joining God in His work on this earth, Christine found Mercy and began living out the Truth that God could weave her leadership skills and her outgoing personality and her passion for ministry into His implementation of the Great Commission.
This did not happen overnight.
Overcoming fear of rejection, embracing her God-given power of choice to move past her past, looking at her future through a resurrection lens instead of a shame lens, and taking the risk of intimacy felt like coming out of a wilderness life and learning to live in deliverance and freedom.
Skillfully straddling memoir and manifesto, Christine shares lessons learned in the cauldron of leadership and the sometimes painful realization that wounded people wound people, but healed people bind up wounds. In her personal journey from shattered to restored, God has set Christines course on the path of forgiveness and growing trust. Working to rescue victims of trafficking and to help women internalize a leadership identity and fulfill their purpose, passion, and potential has been Christines way of living out her identity in Christ and of demonstrating to the world that none of the pain she endured in her past was wasted. God has redeemed it all, and the message of Unashamed invites women to set their feet on Truth, unwavering in purpose and unstoppable in [the journey] from shame-filled living to shame-free living.
This book was provided by Zondervan, through the BookLook Bloggers program, in exchange for my review. 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.
KathyAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Absolutely love itJune 10, 2016KathyAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Fabulous book. Refreshing, honest and thought provoking.
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