Anne Jackson is not your typical author. She writes from her heart about her life and about the people around her. Because of that, “Permission To Speak Freely” is a different book that strikes a real chord among those who are seeking a more authentic, transparent, and honest Christian faith. Anne correctly identifies an unfortunate reality in many churches today where those values are absent. So in an attempt to bring some much-needed freshness to an all-too-often stale and repressive institution, Anne makes it possible for people to say things that they don’t feel free to say in church – like confession, pain, or doubts.
Anne Jackson’s personal journey has been well-chronicled in a previous book (Mad Church Disease) and in her popular blog (FlowerDust.net). In PTSF Anne tells the story of her personal journey – a journey that is filled with plenty of twists and turns. By doing so she is “giving the gift of going second” – a phrase coined by Jonathan Acuff – author of Stuff Christians Like. Her personal willingness to step forward and practice transparency and authenticity gives others permission to follow suit. For that reason alone, this book is well-worth reading.
Hopefully, countless readers will find encouragement from PTSF to begin the process of trusting someone with their confession of past challenges, mistakes, and failures. The challenge will be to create avenues in our churches that carry forward the permission to speak freely so that those who are looking for trusting environments will not be disappointed.
Permission To Speak Freely is available at Amazon.
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