Wife, Mummy, Nurse: Un-Ashamed Book Review

01 July 2016

Un-Ashamed Book Review

Shame. In Un-Ashamed Heather Davis Nelson says, we all have it at various degrees. Sometimes we may be more aware of it than other times. What is shame? 
Shame lives in the community... It says, "You don't belong-you are unacceptable, unclean, and disgraced" because "You are wrong, you have sinned" or "Wrong has been done to you" or "You are associated with those who are disgraced or outcast." The shamed person feels worthless, expects rejection, and needs cleansing, fellowship [community], love, and acceptance. (p. 22)
How do we get rid of shame? By faith. We realize that we cannot rescue ourselves from shame; only God can do anything about the shame we have. Heather mentions that even though there are those who may fail us (example was given of King David failing Tamar), we have a perfect king (Jesus) who promises his people, "Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who wait for me shall not be put to shame."

Heather deals specifically with various types of shame:
  • Body shame
  • Social shame
  • Performance shame
  • Shame in marriage
  • Shame-free parenting

My thoughts: 

When I read the acknowledgments and the author mentioning Ed Welch, I immediately thought of CCEF. As I continued on reading, I read the definitions given for shame and guilt. I had a Déjà vu moment. I remember reading this definition in Hidden Agendas by Steve Brown. 

At various times in my life, I have had shame in each of the five types above. One of my most frequent causes of shame is not having the perfect, cleanest house. In fact, it often seems like the opposite. So much so that I dread when we have company over. I know friends who have cleaner houses, and I've heard a few comments from people commenting on lack of cleanliness in others houses. So, I often find myself lonely because I'm stuck at home with little human, adult interaction. (One of the reasons, I blog, listen to different podcasts/sermons, etc.) Or I have been brushed aside when offering cleaning advice to acquaintances because I'm a "messy" person. Needless to say, this book helped refocus where my attention should be.

I like that this book did not give a formulaic list of rules; many times, books about similar topics give x amount of steps and then all will be well.

This is one book that I plan on keeping and re-reading again in the near future.

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  1. I have a friend who I think would love this book. She just moved far away and it would be nice to send her a happy in the mail!

  2. This looks to be a very good read, and educational.

  3. I will have to read this! I was just saw another reference to this book elsewhere today- must mean I need to read it!

  4. This is the second review on this book and confirms that I really need to read this once I get a break from school!

  5. I would read it myself and then let my mom read it.

  6. Wow this covers huge topics. Body shame and performance shame are the ones that stick out to me.

  7. I have a friend who I think would love this book.

  8. I really want to read this book. It sounds so good. One strange way I've found to let go of shame is to confess the truth. Somehow just telling other people take away the stigma and shame. It becomes just something God has seen us through.

    1. Jennifer DeFrates/Heaven Not HarvardJuly 8, 2016 at 11:37 PM

      And I'd have to read it to know who needs it most! But I find the right books almost seem to worm their way into the hands of those who need them! Mailed a book to a hurting friend tonight!

  9. I just finished this book, and I loved it- such a helpful read!

  10. I would give this book to my wonderful mother.

  11. I have heard so much about this book lately. It sounds great

  12. I have heard so much about this book lately. It sounds great

  13. I need to read this book. It seems to pop up in many places and I always think God has a plan when that happens.

  14. I have never heard of this book but it looks like something good to think about and read!! Thanks for sharing about it!!