Permission to speak freely is Anne Jackson's narrative about her own life of brokeness and wrestling with rejection and addiction. Her rejection of the Christian faith after experiencing and witnessing the way church politics destroyed her father’s life. Her wanderings in the “wilderness” of addiction and substance abuse. Her restoration and return to the heavenly Father.
To be honest it’s not what I expected. I thought the book will be a bunch of theoretical (read boring) essays addressing issue the church (universal) has to face and talk about but isn’t doing so. Instead, What it is is a series of narrative essays taking us through the author's life andher experience with taboos in Conservative Christian Church life in America. However, it is not only America but around the world both East and West.
The book was well designed crafted and chapters punctuated with poems and prose that fit the theme of the chapter. It made the reading interesting and easier.
I have never finished a book so quickly in such a long time. There was no rush to submit the review, what motivated me to read so intently was the subject matter. It was a breath of fresh air, as Anne spoke freely about her broken life and her struggles. Something close to my heart now. Anne addresses a very serious issue in the church today. That is: The Christian church ought to be a community of grace, safe place where it’s members can share freely, the broken and the beautiful in their lives.