Shame Off You by Denise Pass {Book Review}

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About the Book

Learn to recognize and process feelings of shame in a biblical way to restore God-ordained self-worth and hope.

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1. 

Shame is an assault on the core of who we are. It assassinates our character, minimizes our worth, and dashes our hope. Like Adam and Eve, we often hide shame, but hiding never heals it. Left unattended, shame can develop into a crippling reality that paralyzes us. Like an infectious disease, shame impacts everyone . but not all shame is bad.

Shame can either be an oppressive and powerful tool of worldly condemnation or a source of conviction that God uses to bring his people back to himself. Having the discernment to know the difference and recognize shame in its many forms can change the course of one’s life.

In a transparently honest style, Pass shares of her experience dealing with shame after learning that her former husband was a sexual offender. Having lived through the aftermath, she leads you into God’s Word where you will see for yourself that God is bigger than your pain, shame, mistakes, and limitations.

Shame Off You shares how freedom can be found in choosing to break the cycle of shame by learning from the past, developing healthy thinking patterns, silencing lies, and overcoming the traps of vanity and other people's opinions.

My Thoughts

Many times when we think of people who struggle with shame we think of those who grew up in an abusive home or have a terrible past in drugs that they try to keep hidden. Oftentimes we do not think about those instances that happen to us each and every day. We replay conversations in our head and think back wondering if we should have responded differently, replaying the conversation over and over again in our minds. It can be the little things or the big, unexpected things that can drive us deep into a pit off shame that we seemingly cannot get out of. The author of Shame Off You experienced this type of unexpected shame in her adult life, with her family and it was a difficult time to go through. Yet, though the power of God and His Word, she made it through to the other side and hopes to help others out of the pit of shame as well. Not only does she share her story but provides Scripture, encouragement and advice to those in similar situations. I love how she is so open about her experiences so that she can help others. I also love how she includes devotionals allowing groups to work through this book together if they would like. (eg. A Women's Bible study, etc.) This resource would work well in a small group setting but is also perfect for the individual simply looking for a breakthrough in their life.

Weeping May Last For A Night

Excerpted with permission from Shame Off You by Denise Pass, ©2018 Abingdon Press

What is it about crying that makes us feel shame? We are shamed for being less than perfect, then doubly shamed for crying out for help about it. Sounds like a serious plan of condemnation from the enemy! But what looks like weakness becomes a secret source of strength for those who know and trust in God.

For the record, crying has been given a bad rap. Weeping in cultures all over the world is deemed something to be embarrassed by. Goodness, we even apologize when we do it. Showing emotion is often seen as a sign of weakness, sometimes associated with mental or personality disorders. Add the sting of shame to the feelings of inferiority for just expressing emotions, and the overwhelming humiliation begins to paralyze us and affect our ability to function. Getting to this place of crying out is made even more difficult with the lingering shame for doing so.

But there is another type of crying. Set aside the helpless, I’m-so-ashamed crying. Instead, there is a sweet place of brokenness where we cry out and look to God for comfort. And it is in crying out to God from our place of shame that we....

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About the Author

Denise Pass, author of Shame Off You, is an award-winning CCM recording artist and singer-songwriter, accomplished writer/blogger, speaker and worship leader at women’s conferences as well as a worship leader on staff at her home church. After a crushing discovery of her former husband’s hidden life as a repetitive sex offender, and surviving a painful divorce, she now shares an inspirational message through her ministry, Seeing Deep Ministries, about seeing the deeper truth in God’s word when life hurts. Denise also founded and directed a home educational co-op for 12 years and engaged in many educational pursuits, including forming and directing a classical children’s choir. A graduate from the University of Maryland, Denise now resides in Virginia, with her “Kinsman Redeemer” husband and five children.

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Disclaimer: I received this book in conjunction with an I Read With Audra blog tour. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing the message of "Shame Off You" and for providing a review!

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