What an encouraging book. Gerald uses several experiences in David's life to encourage us to live a vulnerable life. He emphasizes David, celebrating upon the return of the ark, nearly naked yet dancing with joy. In contrast is David's wife, inside, safe but criticizing. Do we want to stay safe and be critical or are we willing to be adventurous and vulnerable?
One of my favorite parts of the book was the formula Gerald uses to renew the spirit of his mind, detailed in a previous book. It's a good tool to battle the negative internal talk. He calls it FAITH: (Loc 1401/2718)
Focus on the positive
Imagine God doing something good
Trust God in everything
Hope for the best.
There were some surprises in the book, like the role of stress and the importance of fun. (Put your fun face on.) And there were some hard parts, like owning our whole story, even the parts over which we had no control. Another was Gerald's teaching on Psalm 119:165b, not being offended.
My favorite quote: “Pain is unavoidable, but staying hurt is optional.”
This book is a good general encouragement to be all God has called us to be. Gerald's writing style is a good one as he provides encouraging stories along with his teaching. Questions for personal reflection or group discussion are provided at the end of each chapter.
You can find out more at www.nakedandunafraidbook.com.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Kevin Gerald is a popular speaker at international events and conferences. He provides leadership training through his organization Team Church. He founded and currently pastors Champions Centre, one of the largest nondenominational church in the Northwest. He and his wife live in the Seattle area. You can find out more at http://kevingerald.com.
FaithWords, 272 pages.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.