Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Hidden Agendas

30 June 2016

Hidden Agendas

There have been many times in my 30 plus years of life that I have not shown my true colors to people. The two biggest reasons for me are pride and distrust. I don't want people to see who I really am. (I prefer to think myself better than others around me.) When I think I should disclose my sinful thoughts and/or actions, I do not trust the other person. (Either because I know they are a gossip or because they have the same pride that I do and will look down on me.)

In Hidden agendas: Dropping the masks that keep us apart, Steve Brown writes that everyone has an agenda. What is an agenda? "An agenda is what we do to get from where we are to where we want to be." An agendas can be either intentional or unintentional. We wear "masks" to help conceal the reality of what is behind them, but masks often make us feel phony or fake. Steve goes on to write the reasons we need to get rid of these masks. How do we do that? By having a real, true relationship with God. After our relationship with God is real, then we can be truthful with others.

Things I liked about Hidden agendas: The questions and Scripture at the end of each chapter; I like this to help me review the chapter and get the main points the author made. I liked the emphasis on our vertical relationship with God-how God views his sons and daughters.

Some may read this book and think, "Yeah, I can keep on sinning." I do not believe Steve Brown is trying to tell people that it's okay to keep on sinning. He is gracious in showing that we are sinners and the need to peel of our masks; I come from a background where grace was not shown by those who should have been gracious (and they should have known better). As a result, I have been very cautious (sometimes too cautious) about who I should trust. Unfortunately in many Reformed Christian circles, we pride ourselves in thinking we have all the important Biblical doctrines right, that we forget that we too are sinners, and we find ourselves wanting to cast the first stone. As always, it is important to go back to Scripture and see what God says about various matters.

To read more about what others think of Steve Brown's book, click here.

I received a copy of this book for the purpose of review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated in anyway.

12 comments:

  1. This book looks great--I've never read anything by Steve Brown before. When Christians "pretend" not to be sinners, it is a big turn off to non-believers. Jesus told us to go and make disciples and that's really hard to do if they think we aren't going to be gracious with their sins. I like the idea of "taking off the mask."

    Thanks for your thoughtful review!

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  2. This book sounds interesting! I will have to pick up a copy and read it for myself. I found myself telling people one thing and doing the opposite in my own time- and I finally realized to talk and walk the same...

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  3. This sounds like a good book, I'm going to have to check for it at the library.

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  4. I love reading books and doing reviews. This was a great review. Looks like a good book!

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  5. I have never heard of this book.I will have to add it to my list. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. This book sounds great. Thanks for sharing, I'm always looking for new books to dig into!

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  7. Sounds like a good book and time for some self reflection. But grace is a good friend 😊❣

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  8. I really like questions at the end of books they really help you think and learn things you might not have known about yourself before.

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  9. This book sounds interesting and the topic is fascinating. Exploring people's motives and intentional and unintentional behavior. I think I may have to add this one to my reading list. Thanks!

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  10. Brown has written many books. I want to read his "Approaching God." This one looks good, too, and a topic all of us can relate to. I enjoyed your review.

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  11. I have never heard of this, but it definitely sounds and looks interesting

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  12. I've been learning some similar things from John Ortberg's Soul Keeping. I'm loving it! Thanks for sharing this at the Booknificent Thursday link-up on Mommynificent.com this week!
    Tina

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