Hidden Agendas

Hidden Agendas Classic Steve Brown lots of pure gospel, he writes to make you squirm and look at yourself all with a fair amount of sarcasm and snark He s been at this life of faith a long time and no doubt put up with a lot of garbage, hypocrisy and disillusioning people and situations but he always points back to the love and grace of Christ trumping it all Steve Brown is a straight talking teacher HIDDEN AGENDA will stir you to think deeper about your actions and life As he writes in the opening chapter, In other words, you re welcome here to take off your masks and come as you are The problem is that taking off our masks is not as easy as accepting an invitation to church It can be quite dangerous Page 11 12 Each chapter helps readers dig deeper into the contents with a section called Behind the Mask which is great for individuals or small group discussion I appreciated the mixture of Scripture, teaching and stories in HIDDEN AGENDA I recommend this book. Steve Brown is one of most refreshing preachers I ve ever heard This book reads like his sermons and has the same message of freedom from self and joy in Jesus that many of his books do This books is totally worth the read Fantastic illustrations Hilarious jokes. Read it, if you dare Steve Brown shares about the masks that we all wear in order to hide our true selves He compels us to shed these masks and be who God made us to be What I really like about this book is that he bases everything he shares on Biblical Scripture and, while he is quite blunt at times, what he speaks is truth and it s probably what we all need to hear at this time.Although this is a serious subject, Mr Brown injects his writing with humor which makes this book very interesting and a page turner I was immediately drawn into the book after reading about the author s own emotional breakdown that felt eerily similar to the things I have felt All this pretending does not help us I found this book to be extremely helpful and sound in doctrine I loved Mr Browns humor and even laughed out loud at times I really feel this book is important in helping us to drop the pretense and be ourselves with our fellow Christians I really liked this book and give it 5 out of 5 stars This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group Hidden Agenda is a powerful and practical biblically based book about why we feel compelled to wear masks and create hidden agendas to navigate our way through life Throughout the text, author Steve Brown shows how developing an authentic relationship with God is the key to letting go of these crutches once and for all.The author has a knack for taking intimidating topics and presenting them to us in a highly readable way For instance, Hidden Agenda shows how The Devil s Trinity of shame, guilt and fear keeps us trapped in a lifestyle of inauthenticity, and how embracing our faith and living lives as justified, imputed, adopted and sanctified Christians frees us to live the authentic lives before one another that God intended.Each chapter includes questions and Scriptures for reflection and small group discussion.The book is highly life giving and a recommended read.This review is an excerpt from the original review that is published on my blog To read my review in its entirety, please visit Create With Joy.Disclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own. This book is subtitled Dropping the Masks That Keep Us Apart I have written a few blog posts about wearing masks, so this book interested me as soon as I read the information on it The book covers the issue much better and in depth than I ever have There is a lot of information in this book why we wear masks, who we try to wear them for, how to and when to take them off, who to take them off for, and everything in between The book is extremely well written and interesting It isn t a self help book filled with mumbo jumbo, but is filled with reasonable and common sense, yet Biblically based facts about this whole wearing masks idea He uses a lot of Scripture and presents Jesus as the ultimate help in taking off our masks and being real I found the book not just an enjoyable read, but also a convicting and interesting read This book was given to me in exchange for my honest review. Hidden Agendas is a resource written by key founder of Key Life Network and former pastor Steve Brown for study groups to read and consider the hidden agendas in our lives The topic of learning how to shed our many masks of what we want to be and try to become who we really are I would recommend this novel to readers that want to learn to become your true self.Genre non fiction, Publisher New Growth PressPublication date May 16, 2016Number of pages 168Content Rating GBook Rating 4 starsA review copy of this book was provided by LitFuse. This book is publicized as a book to help the reader show his real self to the world I was looking forward to reading this book as I think people should indeed discard hypocrisy and false fronts However, I was greatly confused and disappointed by this book To clarify, I read many Christian books a year and am able to glean from authors of various denominations and beliefs This book, however I found wishy washy and void of depth The author tried incredibly hard to persuade the reader to drop all masks that he basically encourages them to live in their sinfulness Seriously that s what I got from this book I got the impression that the author promotes the idea that God loves who however you are and you don t even have to try to be a godly person can you understand my confusion now The author mixes truth and weakness in his book An example can be found in the following sentence from the book I m writing this book because I have a passion about God s people creating spaces where masks aren t necessary, where we can experience the freedom and joy of no longer being ashamed in the darkness behind our masks Life is hard, our sins are great, and the wounds are deep We simply can t do this thing without one another, and the loneliness is making us crazy To me, this sentence is partly true and partly weak I agree that humans need to be real and open with each other However, we can experience the freedom and joy of no longer being ashamed in the darkness behind our masks First, I think people need a healthy degree of shame concerning their sin They need to deal with it and repent rather than just glibly talking about it with other sinners, thus eventually turning sin into normalcy Secondly, if we are speaking of Christians, should there be darkness Yes, Christians can sin and Christians should view those little sins as darkness, but there shouldn t be dark sins in a Christian s life If there are, he or she really, really needs to examine his or her heart to see if he or she is really saved And by the way, I do not believe in perfectionism I believe what the Bible says 7 Little children, let no one deceive you Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous 8 Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil 9 No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God s b seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God 1 John 3 As a note, I DO believe Christians need to drop hypocritical masks People DO need to be open and caring with each other We DO need to learn the difference between discernment and harsh judgment But this book will NOT help you Again, this book is confusing in that it has some good points regarding other humans but isn t very strong or Biblical concerning our God who is not only a loving God but also a perfectly Righteous and Just God I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. We Like To Pretend That Hidden Agendas Are Just For Self Important Bosses Or Egotistical Politicians, But We All Have Them Deep Down, We All Have A Secret Plan For Getting From Where We Are To Where We Want To Be, Even If We Refuse To Admit It To Ourselves And If Our Hidden Agendas Aren T Enough, We Wear Masks To Obscure The Truth Even We Put On These Masks Like Religion, Appearance, Power, Politics, Or Protection To Drive Our Agendas But All Of This Leaves Us Feeling Phony, Ashamed, Guilty, And Afraid It S Killing Us And Hurting Those We Love But For Most Of Us, It Will Be A Cold Day In A Hot Place Before We Will Be Fully Honest With Anyone Else There Is So Much To Life Than Hiding, Pretending, And Never Being Loved In Fact, There Is Already One Person Who Sees Behind The Masks We Wear And The Hidden Agen Das That Drive Us It Does No Good To Tell God That You Re Sick When You Re Drunk, That You Love Him When You Don T, Or That You Didn T Steal And Eat An Apple With Apple Juice Dripping Down Your Chin God Always Recognizes And Loves The You Behind The Mask So What Can We Do About The Hidden Agendas We Have And The Masks We Wear How Can We Gather The Courage To Be Real Being Real Has To Start With Your Relationship With Your Heavenly Father God Already Knows You Inside And Out But God Doesn T Know You In Order To Out You To Your Friends His Unconditional Love For His Own Is Reason We Can Pray To Our Father Without Fear Of Rejection Or Judgment Knowing God S Love, Know Ing That Your Heavenly Father Is For You Not Against You Is The Only Reason To Give Up Your Masks And Develop The Type Of Authentic Relationships You Never Thought You Could Have

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  • Kindle Edition
  • 168 pages
  • Hidden Agendas
  • Steve Brown
  • English
  • 05 August 2017

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