Saturday, June 4, 2016

Book Review: "Unashamed"

Unashamed is a powerful new book by author, speaker, and activist Christine Caine. It’s the first of hers I’ve read, but I’ll be reading Undaunted as soon as I can. This book is her testimony, the story of how she learned to stop hiding, to take risks, to trust God, and to live the life He planned for her to live. As she’s sharing her story, however, she shares the stories of others as well—Bible characters and people she’s met through her ministry today—in order to help readers understand how they, too, can learn to live in freedom instead of with shame.

I devoured this book and will definitely read it again, but there were two things I especially loved about it:

1) As Caine talks to readers, conversationally through her writing, she weaves Bible words into just about everything she says. Readers unfamiliar with Scripture won’t even know she’s doing it, but she has absorbed so much of God’s Word into her mind that it just can’t help but come out of her mouth or through her keyboard and into her books. This book is absolutely saturated with God’s Truth.

2) Instead of presenting a step-by-step simple formula for healing, Caine tells her readers up front and throughout the book that if they want to experience all the freedom God has for them, they are going to have to work for it and they will experience pain. Hiding or denying the truth will always seem easier, but real healing requires that we do the hard thing.

Thankfully, Caine gives clear instructions and lots of encouragement, showing why this path is the most worthwhile one. I recommend this book to all women who want a deeper, more honest, walk with God and who want to move forward with confidence into a more fulfilling life.

I thank Zondervan for sending me a complimentary copy in exchange for this review.

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