Overcoming Shame

15 Apr

Book Review: Loveable: Embracing what is truest about you, so you can truly embrace your life, by Kelly Flanagan

What if you feel you are not enough—not smart enough, not attractive enough, not tall enough, not successful enough, not popular enough, not influential enough, not powerful enough, not strong enough, not anything enough? How do you deal with the problem of shame?

Psychologist and author Kelly Flanagan answers these questions in his book, Loveable: Embracing what is truest about you, so you can truly embrace your life. The book is divided into four parts and laid out like a drama. The first section is “The backstory” where he describes the problem of shame and our search for healing. The second section is “Act One” where he tackles the subject of “Worthiness” (You are enough). In the third section, “Act Two,” he addresses “Belonging” (You are not alone). In the final section, “Act Three,” he explores “Purpose” (You matter).

The author includes stories from his background, family, and professional practice. He combines practical ideas with biblical principles. While helpful, I have to admit to having mixed feelings about the book. It struck me as a cross between biblical ideas and self-help psychology. He includes biblical principles but not biblical teaching. It’s an interesting book, but not one with lasting value.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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Posted by on April 15, 2017 in Books


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