Unashamed is the third book written by author and speaker Christine Caine. As the book begins Caine presents her personal experiences with feeling shame. Her memories of shame began before she had words to express her experiences. As Caine shares her story of how others actions and words caused her to look at herself differently I found myself flashing to scenarios in my life that elicited the same emotions. I wouldn’t have named my wound shame, but it became clear the emotions surrounding my memories still had roots in shame.
As I began reading it seemed many others had as well. On Christine Caine’s Instagram she had posted these suggestions:
“Suggestions for reading Unashamed by@christinecaine:
?? Have pens of multiple colors or highlighters. If you’re like me you’ll do a lot of marking, underlining, and jotting some thoughts.
?? This isn’t your light bedtime novel reading. Read when you have some time to process!
?? Get ready + expect God to do some work! This book is deep and freeing, but the work begins after you put down the book! “Being set free and walking in freedom are not the same. The first was done for us by Jesus, but the second we must choose to do ourselves in His strength and by His grace.” That pretty much says it all. Amen?”
I agree with these, especially the last one. The real work of identifying, addressing and eliminating shame will be a life long process. Caine writes several times throughout Unashamed that she still wrestles with shame and accepts it will be something she battles her whole life.
If you follow my blog at all you know I’ve been studying how and why God calls us into wilderness seasons. As Caine continues her presentation on shame she writes on the wilderness. Chapter 6 “The Beauty of the Wilderness” felt as if it was written specifically for me. It was confirmation of what I’ve felt God was leading me to understand these last several months.
Throughout Unashamed, Caine tells stories of other women who have overcome shame in their lives. Stories pulled straight from scripture, others of women Caine has encountered through her ministry A21. As she gives different examples of how shame enters into our lives the variety of avenues is clear. Whether we carry shame from others actions, others words, our interpretation of an experience or because we have been taught to accept shame, Caine explains why we all need to begin to move from living in shame to being unashamed.
In exchange for an honest review, I was given an ebook via Book Look Bloggers. The opinions expressed are my own.