Through captivating stories, edgy humor, and shocking confessions, Ginger Hubbard drops the act and gets real in this brutally honest look at the seldom admitted, rarely talked about sins of the heart. Removing her “good Christian” mask, Ginger opens the dark chapters of her heart in order to share about the glorious grace of God toward repentant sinners. Get ready to laugh. Get ready to cry. Get ready for a deeper, more authentic relationship with Jesus Christ. This is what real Christianity is all about.
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When I first started reading this book, I quickly realized that it wasn't exactly what I had expected. I guess I should have read the summary more carefully - I am not usually one who is drawn in by "shocking confessions."
However, as I kept reading, I realized that the forgiveness of our sins through Christ and living in that freedom from sin controlling us is a main theme. This book seems to come from the angle that we all sin in grievous ways, so we shouldn't feel guilty and that it is in the confessing of those sins to others that the guilt will be removed.
Overall I enjoyed this book and think that it has some great applications to daily living in Christ. I can't completely embrace the concept of confessing all sins to others (there are some things that need to be kept between God and me), but I do think that Christians should be open and honest when dealing with each other, and that includes letting others know the real me.
The format and flow of this book was easy to read, and the content was very identifiable. The author acknowledges that sin is a very serious issue, but sometimes the feel of the book came off as comical rather than serious. I have a very good sense of humor, and I do appreciate the ability to laugh at yourself for doing silly things. But it's also not good to make light of very serious sins, even if it "makes you feel better" to do so.
There were a few things, obviously, that I didn't agree with, but overall it was a great reminder of the love and grace that Christ has for us. I also agree with the put-off/put-on method of confessing sin and then the characteristic of God that address that sin. ("The Controlling Serial Sinner and The Sovereign Grace of God" or "The Selfish Serial Sinner and The Serving Grace of God"). This is such a great way to get the focus off of ourselves and onto God and others.
I will give Guiltless Living ... 3.5 BookWorms.
"Critical words begin with critical thinking. Critical thinking begins with a heart that lacks thankfulness for the goodness of God." -- Ginger Hubbard, Guiltless Living
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