Essays and Art on Fear, Confession, and Grace
By Anne Jackson
In May 2008, Anne Jackson asked a question on her blog, “What is one thing you feel you can’t say in church?”
Hundreds responded. Everyone had a story.
Permission to Speak Freely is the unique new project and movement of author Anne Jackson, who is finished with keeping brokenness in the dark. Bringing to light the original intent of God’s sanctuary as a place of help and healing, Anne reveals that through confession, both to God and to others, we can live lives that are whole and healed.
Told with disarming transparency, Anne shares what led to her own addictions and the ensuing lifestyle that left her wounded and withdrawn, but ultimately rescued and redeemed. She includes dramatic stories of others who also learned to abandon their fear, pride, and masks; to identify their hurts; and to find the courage to speak freely.
Their confessions, submitted as mixed media pieces, photography, and sketches, were collected from people across the world, and are included throughout the book. Readers will share in the opportunity to find their own path to redemption and freedom.
I loved this book. It is a little like PostSecret except church focused. I found myself nodding my head and agreeing with so much of what was in Permission to Speak Freely. I think every person on a church staff should read this book asap. I thought it was beautifully done and the colour pictures of people's "confessions" made it seem so much more real. This is a beautifully honest book and I definitely recommend it.