The gift of going second, that’s is what Anne Jackson’s precious gift to the reader. By sharing her own addictions and brokenness, she ultimately open the door to topics which previously kept in the dark in the Christian communities. Issues which are taboo before, now are more readily to be openly discuss. This in turn contribute to more people being freed and reconnected with God.
I have a mixed feeling about this book when I first started reading it. As part of the title says “Essays and Art on Fear, Confession, and Grace“, I am consciously looking for compilation of articles shared by different people. However, what I found is Anne’s personal sharing throughout the book, mixed with different type of medias, such as sketches, photographs, postcards, poems which double as illustrations for the book.
Once, I got pass my earlier assumption, I began to enjoy the book. I also appreciate Anne’s effort for not turning this book into a typical self-help book, as if all the problems in our life can be categorized into particular category and can be solved by Step 1, Step 2, Step 3 … etc. Life is much much more complicated than that.
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