Thanks to Freda from "Freda's Voice" and Gilion at "Rose City Reader" for hosting these bookish link-ups! Click one of the buttons to go to the link-up page.
Shame is everywhere.
Whether related to relationships, body image, work, or a secret sin, we all experience shame. While shame manifests itself in fear, broken relationships, and regret, it ultimately points us to our fundamental need as fallen human beings: redemption.
Shame never disappears in solitude, and Heather Davis Nelson invites us to not only be healed of our own shame but also be a part of healing for others. She shines the life-giving light of the gospel on the things that leave us feeling worthless and rejected, giving us courage us to walk out of shame's shadows and offering hope for our bondage to brokenness. Through the gospel, we discover the only real and lasting antidote to shame: exchanging our shame for the righteousness of Christ alongside others on this same journey.
This is from the book's Introduction (on page 17). It's also a departure for me to use a non-fiction book for these link-ups. Cover is linked to GoodReads.
"I have always been terrified of public speaking. I can trace it back to eighth-grade graduation, when I froze on stage in front of my classmates and an audience of hundreds."
THE FRIDAY 56
I picked a random page (123) and came up with this quote:
"It would be easy to go through the questions listed above and identify the ways in which your husband or wife needs to change so there is less shame in your marriage. When I wrote this list, I have to admit that my first impulse was to tell my husband, Seth, all the things "we" needed to work on for us to grow in shame-resisting intimacy in our marriage."
Thanks to Billy B at the "Coffee Addicted Writer" for hosting this link-up! Click on the buttons above to go to his blog.
This week's question comes from Elizabeth at Elizabeth's Reviews:
Do you have your picture in your profile?
I have my picture in several of my profiles (social media, etc), but not all. And the picture is 13 years old, taken around the time our daughter was born. In the picture with me are our two sons, now 18 and 19 years old. My hair is shorter and grayer than it was in that picture. One of these days I will update it.
Thanks to Ramona at Create With Joy, Janice at Mostly Blogging, and Tina at Mommynificent for these fun link-ups! Click on the button to visit the sites to join in! The more the merrier...really! :O)