Review: Permission to Speak Freely – Anne Jackson

Anne Jackson is back!  The author of the widely popular book on burnout entitled Mad Church Disease, is back with her latest release – Permission to Speak Freely: Essays and Art on Fear, Confession and Grace.

This book came across my inbox via christianaudio's reviewer program and I snatched it up right away.  I confess I had been waiting for this book to land in audio format after I heard she was writing another book.  Anne has a unique way of collecting stories that hit you in your deepest core.  This book hit me as I was right in the middle of some soul searching regarding some issues within my church family.

From her father's forced resignation in a Southern Baptist church, to addiction of porn, alcohol and drugs – she shares her burden to tell the church things which we desperately want to say, but don't necessarily have the courage to say.

Why does the church not show enough grace to the hurting?  Why is the church supposed to be the one place we go for healing and then say that we aren't good enough to be there?  The church wants to help you with your addictions, but not that kind of addiction.  She articulates the idea that we provide lip service to the public, but that the church doesn't always back up its actions.

Through stories of hurt and finding healing through life decisions, relationships, and love – Anne shares her journey of hope, healing and grace.

Permission to Speak Freely is a book that isn't meant to be bought and read only once.  It is a book that is meant to be taken down off your bookshelf and peel back the pages for refreshment of hope.  I have a feeling this book is going to get listened to multiple times in the near future.  As an added bonus, it is read by Anne herself, which is always the best way to experience an audiobook.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from christianaudio as part of their Audio Book Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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