I have contributed a chapter to Soul Bare – ed. Cara Sexton (IVP USA, Aug 2016).
Soul Bare asks the question, ‘How are Christians supposed to have hope and experience wholeness amidst personal challenges and failures?’ This book is a beautiful, powerful collection of stories and reflections on what it means to be authentic even when you are at your most raw.
Contributors include Sarah Bessey, Emily P Freeman, Seth Haines, Trilia Newbell – and me.
My contribution is part-essay, part-memoir, connecting the prize-winning novel, Room, with my first eighteen months of parenthood. (Spoiler: you may need tissues).
The whole book has been expertly edited by Cara Sexton, herself a talented storyteller. It’s also a great way of getting to know some of the great and emerging writers in the Christian scene, particularly in America.
Who is Soul Bare for?
Above all, Soul Bare is for anyone who has struggled with disappointment and hard times, and is looking for honest stories of vulnerability and authenticity.
It is a tapestry of songs of grace and redemption in the face of disappointment and grief.
“I held my breath, I cried, I shuddered, I whispered prayers, I ached. Most of all, I fell more deeply in love with Jesus through these words and stories. I can’t help but think how wide and deep and long this love is that finds us all so broken and yet so beautiful.”
—Idelette McVicker, founder and editor-in-chief, SheLoves Magazine
“So often Christian books offer us a well-intended formula for healing—one we’ve heard so often, we’ve got it down pat. But what happens when the formula fails in real life? What happens when the right ingredients or the proper measures still leave us empty in despair instead of full with promise and hope? Soul Bare won’t offer you a formula. You won’t turn the final pages armed with a ready-made antidote for brokenness or a cure-all salve for sin. What you will find is raw realness: uncensored stories by real people wrestling with the grit of real life. Lean in deep to Soul Bare. Your wounds have a place here. Your heart will find a home between these pages. You will see your real self in these stories. And you will glimpse our real God.”
—Michelle DeRusha, author of Spiritual Misfit
For more information, please see the details on the IVP page.
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