Review | Unashamed

Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny

by Christine Caine

Summary (from Goodreads)

Shame can take on many forms. It hides in the shadows of the most successful, confident and high-achieving woman who struggles with balancing her work and children, as well as in the heart of the broken, abused and downtrodden woman who has been told that she will never amount to anything. Shame hides in plain sight and can hold us back in ways we do not realize. But Christine Caine wants readers to know something: we can all be free.

“I know. I’ve been there,” writes Christine. “I was schooled in shame. It has been my constant companion from my very earliest memories. I see shame everywhere I look in the world, including in the church. It creeps from heart to heart, growing in shadowy places, feeding on itself so that those struggling with it are too shamed to seek help from shame itself.”

In Unashamed, Christine reveals the often-hidden consequences of shame—in her own life and the lives of so many Christian women—and invites you to join her in moving from a shame-filled to a shame-free life.

In her passionate and candid style, Christine leads you into God’s Word where you will see for yourself how to believe that God is bigger than your mistakes, your inadequacies, your past, and your limitations. He is not only more powerful than anything you’ve done but also stronger than anything ever done to you. You can deal with your yesterday today, so that you can move on to what God has in store for you tomorrow—a powerful purpose and destiny he wants you to fulfill.

Join the journey. Lay ahold of the power of Jesus Christ today and step into the future—his future for you—a beautiful, full, life-giving future, where you can even become a shame-lifter to others. Live unashamed!

Review | 3 stars

While I enjoyed Caine’s book on shame, it didn’t present anything groundbreaking. I always appreciate the stories Caine captures in her books, and Unashamed delivers! Caine specifically focuses on how women are highly susceptible to feeling shame, and how we can learn from the Bible on how to combat it. Here are some of the points that stood out to me most.

Shame…

  • is fear of unworthiness
  • causes us to throw away the good gifts we have received
  • teaches us to hide ourselves like Adam and Eve hid in the Garden
  • stifles potential
  • lies to you
  • is not in our original design as those made in God’s image
  • is not the same as guilt; guilt is knowing an action is bad, while shame is incorrectly feeling that YOU are bad
  • makes us make excuses and blame others
  • loves silence and grows in secret
  • needs the mercy of Jesus

Jesus ministered to, was ministered by, and ministered with women. In fact, the good news that he was risen was FIRST given to women!

We need to seek out our wilderness to get to our promised land. God uses fear of the wilderness to grow us because it requires us to trust him. God’s goal is not to change our circumstances but to change us. There’s a difference between taking the slave out of slavery, and taking the slavery out of the slave. God uses the wilderness to take the slavery out of the slave!

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