PERMISSION TO SPEAK FREELY by Anne Jackson is a book all Christian thinkers should read. It is a book about one woman’s journey of faith and how God has used it to impact others. She gives us the gift of going second and asks us to do the same.
Her premise is that when we are transparent and share what God has done in our lives, where He’s brought us from, that we’re all broken, it opens up the opportunity for trust. It gives them the courage to go second and it starts the ripple effect of confessions and healing. We are often afraid to confess for fear of judgment and rejection. When we have permission to speak freely and give the gift of going second we will see long term effect that moves others to rediscover their faith and their freedom.
Anne tells her story of being a pastor’s kid whose family is virtually destroyed by the church body. She then goes through years of questioning God, being abused by another pastor, not trusting people. When she finds her way back she is then told not to tell her story.
The books was not what I expected by the title but it was better than I anticipated.