Tuesday, September 7, 2010

"Permission to Speak Freely" by Anne Jackson


I have to admit when the chance became available to review Anne Jackson's new book, I was very excited. I had read what the premise of the book was about and I was anxious to see if Ms. Jackson could deliver a book on conversations that need to be taking place in Church circles.

She most definitely did not disappoint.

I sat down and read the book on Saturday morning. Once the conversation started, I did not want it to end. The way Ms. Jackson writes is very engaging. The art dispersed through out the book was seamlessly worked in.

The thing I appreciated most about the book was the vulnerability with which Ms. Jackson writes, and with the truth. For me, as a Churched person, that struck a chord because it is not what I am accustomed to reading. Most books come with a story, redemption and then a 4-part step to make your life perfect. Life is not perfect, it is messy if we would all be honest with each other.

Ms. Jackson does not offer that perfect ending with a bow tied, like a present, into 4-step process. She simply starts a conversation with her story. Her story with all of its imperfections, hurts and still in progress.

I highly recommend this book for those who are conversation starters, or want a honest conversation started. This will encourage you to speak, and do it freely.

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