Shame is something most Christians suffer with- whether shame from sin, body image, relationships, or a multitude of other things. Most of us know that Jesus’ sacrifice covers ALL our sin, no matter what it is. Yet, we have trouble letting go of the shame that sneaks in regardless of that knowledge.
Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame by Heather Davis Nelson deals with the topic of shame, and provides help and hope for overcoming the feelings of shame. Heather defines shame as the “fear of weakness, failure, or unworthiness being unveiled for all to see, or fear that at least one other person will notice that which we want to hide.” Shame happens when we feel we’ve missed the mark whether our own, or someone else’s. She goes on to explain that shame is a “lingering sense that I have failed beyond rescue.”
Personally, I find that shame is a constant companion if I’m not careful- shame at mistakes I’ve made in mothering, shame over a failed marriage, shame for needing help from others to provide for my children, shame over missing the mark in multiple areas of my life. Unashamed brings all that shame to light, with the gentle reminder that we are not called to shame. As I tell my children, “ask forgiveness, then move on… don’t worry about it anymore.” But I find, that is much easier said than done!
I’ve written many times lately on the blog and Instagram about how beauty is springing from the ashes of a difficult few years for me. This book talks about exchanging shame for beauty- which is also something I’m working on and seeing the fruit of thanks to insight gained from this book. Forgiveness from God is free. We also can and should forgive ourselves and let that shame go. This book has so many practical insights on just how to do just that.
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