Permission to Speak Freely

I just finished my review copy of “Permission to Speak Freely” by Anne Jackson. This book was birthed from a simple question posed on her blog a few years ago. “What is one thing you feel you can’t say in the church?”

With that one question Anne put a crack in a dam of sin and confessions flooded in from all corners of the world. “Permission to Speak Freely” has not only allowed a venue for these individuals to confess sin but it has uncovered how the church we have created has helped to create, perpetuate or hide these sins. I say the church we have created because I believe it is not the Church Jesus had in mind for us.

Through the stories in this book and the ones that continue to appear at we see a church that is not always built on the love that Jesus teaches but one of ritualism, legalism and even of hate. I’m not speaking of one individual church but of the global church as a whole. I believe this church could align with the Church Christ had in mind if we as it’s body can just get our act together and start working as one in His light and not based on our own wishes, wants or understandings.

With the bravery and faith shown in confessing her own stories Anne shows how God can use our sin and repentance to reach out and help others with similar struggles. Thank you Anne for your honesty, strength, faith and for cracking this dam and let us all pray that it will continue to weaken and crumble until it is no more.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the <> 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.”

One response

  1. joseph ciarlo

    Thank”s Rick, Your writting is very good and very heart felt. I sometime feel that I”m not worthy of all the Love that Jesus Christ give me, And all the God Loving people he has put in my life. I also feel Blessed to be a Brother in Christ with such a great group of Christ follower”s at The Ridge. I thank you again and wait to read you next one. Your Friend and Brother in Christ.

    October 2, 2010 at 7:55 pm

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