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Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame Paperback – June 30, 2016
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“Heather Davis Nelson has written a wonderful work on the topic of shame. She brilliantly weaves her own stories and those of others into the larger story of what God does with our shame. She fearlessly brings the light of Jesus to shine in the dark recesses of our souls as she helps to free us from the pain of shame.”
—Paul E. Miller, executive director, seeJesus; author, A Praying Life and A Loving Life
“Most of us can quickly point to a shame story from our past—that moment when we believed that we were shunnable, rejectable, and maybe even despicable. We, as heirs of God, so often live with a low level of misery caused by shame, even though Jesus came to set us free. In her insightful new book, Unashamed, Heather Davis Nelson explores the chains that bind us and then reminds us that we’re not just ex-sinners; we are saints who have been made new. Like a trusted friend, who also happens to be a therapist, Heather walks you to a place of freedom so you can be all Jesus intended you to be.”
—Susie Larson, national speaker; radio host, Live the Promise with Susie Larson; author, Your Beautiful Purpose
“Unashamed proclaims that Jesus Christ secures freedom, honor, and glory for us and applies that truth to the many ways we all suffer shame. Because shame makes us feel naked, filthy, and excluded, we need to know the healing that comes from God’s declaration that in Christ we are clothed, clean, and accepted into the family of God.”
—Justin and Lindsey Holcomb, authors, God Made All of Me, Rid of My Disgrace, and Is it My Fault?
“It is difficult to understand shame apart from the gospel. This book is all about the great exchange: shame for beauty. It will flood your soul with life and give you a breath of fresh air. Heather has given all of us who counsel—and all of us who struggle—a gift.”
—Rod Mays, Adjunct Professor of Counseling, Reformed Theological Seminary; Executive Pastor, Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church, Greenville, South Carolina
“Heather Davis Nelson speaks from an authentic heart on a subject too painful and embarrassing for most to admit they struggle with. Unashamed is much more than informative or inspirational. This book could be life-changing. Heather does a beautiful job uncovering the amazing story of grace and redemption, showing how Christ can break the endless cycle of shame that leaves so many in bondage. I highly recommend Unashamed for anyone who desires to live a life of freedom and hope found in Christ, and for anyone who desires to point others to see beyond their shame and live victoriously.”
—Monica Rose Brennan, Associate Professor and Director of Women’s Ministries, Liberty University
“Heather Davis Nelson has made a significant contribution to addressing the critical topic of shame, which is often ignored or misunderstood among the people of God. I declare myself her debtor for the help her work has been to my own sanctification.”
—Joseph V. Novenson, Pastor, Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, Lookout Mountain, Tennessee
“Unashamed helped me see my misplaced shame and accept the freedom and love Jesus Christ offers me every day. I’m thankful for Heather’s heartfelt approach. Here is a thoughtful, knowledgeable, and biblical work.”
—Trisha R. Wilkerson, author, Everyday Worship; biblical counselor
“Shame is a paralyzing, life-hindering reality we all experience. Unashamed, written by my dear friend Heather Davis Nelson, is not a book written primarily from her writing desk or her counselor’s office. This book was written from her personal faith journey through shame as she has sought to abide in Jesus and his Word through tears, pain, and faith crises. This is what makes the book so powerful. This is why I recommend the book for anyone. It is a signpost to Jesus and his healing, transforming gospel.”
—Ellen Mary Dykas, Women's Ministry Coordinator for Harvest USA; editor, Sexual Sanity for Women
“Heather Nelson has refreshingly and freely brought to light a topic that isn’t discussed much in Christian circles. I found myself breathing many sighs of relief as I realized I wasn’t alone in my experiences of shame. Heather continually pointed me to the only One who can fully cover and release me.”
—Julie Courtney, Director of Women’s Ministries, seeJesus
"Nelson draws on her work as a counselor and her education at Westminster Theological Seminary for this probing look at shame and its effects on many corners of our lives. . . . Nelson's choice to ground the topic firmly in scripture and counseling experience offer a valuable framework for addressing shame."
About the Author
Heather Davis Nelson (MA, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a writer, counselor, and speaker. Heather writes regularly at HeatherDavisNelson.com and has been a featured writer at the Gospel Coalition, as well as a contributing author to the Journal of Biblical Counseling. She and her husband are parents to twin daughters and live in southeastern Virginia. She is the author of Unashamed: Healing Our Brokenness and Finding Freedom from Shame.
Edward T. Welch (PhD, University of Utah) is a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. He has been counseling for more than 35 years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His books include When People Are Big and God Is Small, Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away From Addiction, Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest, Shame Interrupted, and Side by Side. He blogs regularly at CCEF.org.
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In Unashamed, Heather Davis Nelson unfolds the eye-opening, life-giving hope and reality found in Christ for us to behold and embrace. Whether the issue is body shame, social shame, or performance shame, Heather's words point us to the healing and freeing truth of the gospel in every chapter. By reminding us of how we are clothed in Christ, united to Christ, and free in Christ, she shares foundational theological truth from a personal and practical perspective.
Throughout the book, readers will find that Unashamed was written from Heather's personal faith journey through shame, not merely from her theological training and counseling experience. The power of her words is grounded in her own tears, pain, and life crises, and how she has learned to abide in Jesus and His Word through thick and thin. Chapters, which include practical application in marriage, in parenting, and in the church, are profoundly relevant to anyone looking to enrich their appreciation and application of how faith in Christ affects every day living.
The crescendo comes in the final chapter where she unfolds the shame-eradicating power of the Holy Spirit and our ultimate shame-free destiny in the presence of Jesus -- where there will be no more hiding, running, crying, pain, loneliness, sickness, sin, or death. The book is an effective guide and banner for Jesus, his healing, and the transforming power of His gospel.
Shaming and shame in general is not something we want to talk about or even face at times. At least that is how it was with me. At 17 I knew my mother was emotionally abusing me and shaming me, which lead me to leave home at that young age. After I gave birth to my first son I wanted to put it all behind us and have her be a part of our lives. After all, those years ago I was a highly emotional teenager and it wasn't really THAT bad was it? I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at 20. Now that had to do something with why I villianized her as well, right? And so she continued to shame me up until a year ago when we part our ways emotionally and stopped seeing and speaking to one another. She says it was her choice because she didn't like my behavior. After reading this book I realize she did it because I wouldn't let her control me or my children with her shaming anymore, and she thought she was punishing us by the severance of our relationship.
The reason for bringing up my mother is because this book made me realize how her shaming behavior all those years molded so much of how I thought and what I felt I needed to do and be. Before reading this book I never would have admitted in a review, although somewhat anonymous, that I have mental health issues. My physical ailments yes, because they gave me reasons why I couldn't do certain things but those mental issues were my fault. Or at least that's what I had been led to believe. It is amazing what we can be shamed into thinking.
You don't have to be the perfect PTO mom. You don't have to have a perfectly clean home, and a nice big one at that, or face the risk of being seen as a failure. Your children do NOT have to be perfect (in fact they shouldn't be). I didn't know any of this before I read this book. I thought there was something fundamentally wrong with me and sought approval in all of the wrong places. If any of this sounds like you, you NEED to read this book. If you have let someone's words affect your choices, you need this book. If you have let someone else's opinion of you affect YOUR opinion of you then you need this book. I believe every woman should read this book because we are all shamed and suffer shame at some point or another and we need to know how to overcome it and put it behind us. This book helps you do that and it is a truly freeing experience.