[Today I continue my series on fear with a review of Permission To Speak Freely.]
I had been anxiously, anxiously awaiting the release of Anne Jackson‘s second book Permission To Speak Freely from the moment I heard she was writing it. Her desire to speak up motivated me, encouraged me.
I was unsure which path she was going to take in her essays, but I believe her avenues were completely different than what I expected. Over the course of 29 essays Anne shares her testimony of being silenced by church folk and shares her testimony and others’ testimonies of being able to confess.
Many of the essays I read through tear blurry eyes as I related with my own stories. She shares her heart and allows you to walk with her as she gives voice to silence.
She bookends segments of essays with art and poetry. Beautiful art with tragic confessions submitted by those who wanted to speak freely.
The book is a fairly quick read, though as I mentioned a meaningful one. Anne’s words weave a beautiful story.
I highly recommend reading it especially if you’ve experienced being silenced.
Visit the Permission To Speak Freely website here.
Give away: I am giving away a copy of Permission To Speak Freely to one reader. If you wish to be entered for a chance to receive the book, please leave a comment below. The contest will be open until Saturday at 6 PM Pacific, and the winner announced on Tuesday, September 14th. I will choose the winner via random number generator.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
**Confession images from Permission To Speak Freely used with permission by Anne Jackson
Prudence is a 30-something writer who lives in Arizona with her husband Shawn and their chihuahuas Lengua and Zeus. She writes her life, her experiences and her crawl back to hope. Eventually, she hopes to visit India – a place that’s captured her heart without ever stepping foot on the soil.