Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny

Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny

by Christine Caine

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Overview

Bestselling author, speaker, and activist Christine Caine helps you overcome past guilt and live an unashamed life.

Shame can take on many forms. It hides in the shadows of the most successful, confident and high-achieving woman who struggles with balancing her work and children, as well as in the heart of the broken, abused and downtrodden woman who has been told that she will never amount to anything. Shame hides in plain sight and can hold us back in ways we do not realize. But Christine Caine wants readers to know something: we can all be free.

“I know. I’ve been there,” writes Christine. “I was schooled in shame. It has been my constant companion from my very earliest memories. I see shame everywhere I look in the world, including in the church. It creeps from heart to heart, growing in shadowy places, feeding on itself so that those struggling with it are too shamed to seek help from shame itself.”

In Unashamed, Christine reveals the often-hidden consequences of shame—in her own life and the lives of so many Christian women—and invites you to join her in moving from a shame-filled to a shame-free life.

In her passionate and candid style, Christine leads you into God’s Word where you will see for yourself how to believe that God is bigger than your mistakes, your inadequacies, your past, and your limitations. He is not only more powerful than anything you’ve done but also stronger than anything ever done to you. You can deal with your yesterday today, so that you can move on to what God has in store for you tomorrow—a powerful purpose and destiny he wants you to fulfill.

Join the journey. Lay ahold of the power of Jesus Christ today and step into the future—his future for you—a beautiful, full, life-giving future, where you can even become a shame-lifter to others. Live unashamed!

Dive deeper into the Unashamed message with the Unashamed video study and study guide. Available now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310340720
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 05/10/2016
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 50,470
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Christine Caine is an Australian born, Greek blooded, lover of Jesus, activist, author and international speaker. Together with her husband, Nick, she founded the anti-human trafficking organization, The A21 Campaign. They also founded Propel Women, an organization designed to celebrate every woman’s passion, purpose, and potential. Christine and Nick make their home in Southern California with their daughters, Catherine and Sophia.

 

 

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 Schooled in Shame 15

Chapter 2 The Power of Shame 29

Chapter 3 Reaching for Freedom 47

Chapter 4 Woman on Purpose 63

Chapter 5 You Get to Choose 81

Chapter 6 The Beauty of the Wilderness 101

Chapter 7 God Moves In So We Can Move On 117

Chapter 8 He Healed My Mind 133

Chapter 9 Tear Down the Walls 149

Chapter 10 The Bungee Cord of Shame 173

Chapter 11 Your New Image 191

Acknowledgments 201

Notes 205

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Unashamed: Drop the Baggage, Pick up Your Freedom, Fulfill Your Destiny 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved every word
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a grear book. I do not write reviews, but for this book, get it, highlight and reread it.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
Shame-filled to Shame-free Christine unwrapped her sandwich, completely unaware of the scornful expressions on the faces of her Kindergarten classmates. “Mmmmm . . . feta cheese and olive,” she thought, taking that first delectable bite. “What’s that stinky stuff you’re eating,” wailed one boy, wrinkling his nose in disgust. “She’s eating Greek cheese!” someone announced. “No wonder Greeks stink!” Surrounded by scowling faces, Christine Caine was being schooled in shame, and even though her six-year-old self did not have a word to wrap around her feelings on that day, she spent twenty-two years of her life battling the feelings of rejection that came as a result of events that followed this early memory. Ethnic bias, childhood abuse, and the perception that her Type A personality was unacceptable to her family and to her teachers taught her to hide her true self, and it became clear to her that shame had an agenda — a curriculum — that would rule her life if she allowed it to: Shame teaches you to hide yourself, to hunker down wherever you can find a wall of protection. Shame pushes you down and prevents you from becoming all you could be. Shame whispers lies to your soul about the character of God and His love for you. Overcoming these lies has been a miracle of grace in Christine’s life, and she shares her journey in Unashamed, and then challenges her readers to come out of hiding and accept the very same grace that God offered to Adam and Eve when they responded to His call and emerged from their long-ago hiding place. The fact that their Genesis 2:25 status of shame-free living came to a crashing conclusion when they disobeyed God reveals the connection between shame and guilt. Brene Brown helpfully distinguishes between the two: Shame is “the intensely painful feeling or experience of believing that we are flawed and therefore unworthy of acceptance and belonging. . . Guilt says, ‘You’ve done something bad.’ Shame says: ‘You are bad.’ There is a big difference between ‘you made a mistake’ and ‘you are a mistake.’ Christine summarizes it this way: “Guilt is about my do. Shame is about my who.” Shame kept Adam and Eve hiding from God, rather than running to Him to deal with their guilt. Enter: The Gospel. The rescuing truth is two-fold. Romans 3:23 verifies our guilt; Psalm 139:14 testifies to our value and worth to God, and this is the truth around which we must shape our lives. Christine calls the love of our crucified Savior “the key that will unfasten the shackles of shame.” The same voice that coaxed Adam and Eve out of hiding invites you to be found and known. The heart of compassion that brought the woman of Mark 5 out of hiding and into healing is found in the God who calls us “Daughter.” He invites those who are tired of bleeding into His family where what is hidden in the dark is brought into the healing Light and loses its power. Joining God in His work on this earth, Christine found Mercy and began living out the Truth that God could weave her leadership skills and her outgoing personality and her passion for ministry into His implementation of the Great Commission. This did not happen overnight. Overcoming fear of rejection, embracing her God-given power of choice to “move past her past,” looking at her future through a “resurrection lens” instead of a “shame lens,” and taking the risk of intimacy felt like coming . . . read the rest at Living Our Days!
ACReads More than 1 year ago
Christine Caine shares her own struggles and hardships to show that we can overcome shame. Throughout the book she explains how to overcome these obstacles and gow to be truly free. An interesting read.
ChasRay0 More than 1 year ago
Unashamed by Christine Caine helps us take a hard look at how shame hinders our lives. We've all experienced shame in some form or other. Whether it's being bullied on the playground or being told we aren't pretty enough, smart enough, or just enough. The lasting effects of shame can cripple you and cause you to hurt others. Christine opens up about her struggles with shame and in the process teaches us how to change our inner dialogue to match what Christ says about us. I was super excited to be given the opportunity to review this book. I have been following Christine on social media. I knew the book would be good, I just didn't realize how good! She walks through step by step, how shame can have an effect on us, which effects how we relate to others. How Satan will throw up every negative thought or thing to keep us rooted in shame to keep us from achieving what God wants us to do. Christine not only shares her stories but stories of others so we can see the full effect of what shame can do and how it plays out in our lives. I found myself relating to many pieces of the women's stories. I never realized how much shame hinders our lives. How it not only effects us but those around us as we build walls to protect ourselves from ever being shamed again. To controlling, or at least trying to control, every detail of our life. This book is not a one stop fix all. What she is attempting to do is to make us aware of shame and it's effects and give us tools, scripture, to fight it. I'm going to be honest, I never really thought that much about shame. While reading this book though I took a long, hard look at my life and my inner dialogue and realized I'm living the majority of my life in shame. Feeling that I'm not good enough, talented enough or whatever. I've internalized the shame and the doubt and I see the effect it not only has on myself but on my family. I push for perfection, least anyone say "Look at her". I strive for an atta girl because I never, ever want to feel less than. The truth is though, we are enough. God made us enough when he gave us his life's breath. We are fearfully and wonderfully made and it is time we know that full well. I am so glad I was able to read Unashamed. It is truly a must read for women everywhere. It's time that we stop living in shame and start breaking free. It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Galatians 5:1. Once we learn this and put this into practice, there will be NO stopping us. I was given a copy of Unashamed by BookLook Bloggers for an honest review.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
Christine Caine's new Christian self-help book, Unashamed, offers advice to readers on how to live the life Christ offers for you and lose baggage and shame to better do that. Caine shares from her life and from the life of other women how shame and the consequences of shame can affect life. She also shares through this book just what shame is, how we can feel shame, and how we can tear down the walls of shame and live our life without fear and shame. Unashamed for me was helpful. . .but it was also a little ho hum. Since I enjoyed her first book, Undaunted, so much, maybe my hopes were too high. I also recently finished reading Brene Brown's books dealing with shame and attended a ladies retreat at my church that related Brown's books on shame to God's word and the Christian life. . .Because of that experience, I didn't especially learn anything new from this book. However, it did offer good reinforcement for what I had already learned and she quotes from Brown in this book. I also remembered some of Caine's history shared in this book that she shared in Undaunted. If you have not read Brene Brown's books or Caine's previous book, I believe this book will be much more helpful and interesting to you and I would recommend it. She also shares helpful Bible verses in chapter 8 to help you renew your mind and grow through affirmations that come from God's word. That chapter was especially good and helpful. I received this book from the publisher, Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for the book.
nurse97AR More than 1 year ago
Once again Christine Cain has hit it out of the park. Unashamed is a raw, real, spirit filled masterpiece. I signed up for the launch team because I have enjoyed Christine's books in the past. Never did I imagine the breakthrough that it would bring in my life. I never attributed my feelings of insecurity to shame, but this book brought forth revelations and breakthroughs. I highly recommend this book for everyone, especially those burdened by shame.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been a long time follower and fan of Christine Caine. She is a gifted speaker and teacher. She always reaches to the depths of my hurts and offers the truth of God's word as a solution. Her new book, "Unashamed", does this and more if you are struggling with any type of shame. Her insights and experiences offer a clear road to freedom from shame, doubt and insecurities. Get this book and start your road to freedom through Christine's words and God's plan for you life. The book is also a quick and easy read. Not too long, but just enough to help you get a Godly perspective on dealing with any type of shame...past or present.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing book. Christine is vulnerable and transparent and tells her story for the glory of God and it is so evident. My heart was so impacted by her story and I realized that we are more alike than I initially thought- and that relatability allowed me to trust her and trusting her allowed me to understand and connect with what she was saying. She's not bragging about where she's been and how far she's come... She's sharing because she wants to see all women everywhere live in the freedom of Christ. So beautiful.
AYN More than 1 year ago
I think everyone needs to read this book. I did not pick it up thinking it was written to me. Christine Caine is one of my favorite speakers that consistently challenges me spiritually, so I saw it as a way to support her. I was a little shocked to realize I needed to read each and every chapter. She speaks to guilt or shame from not only things you have done, but also from what others have done to, expectations or burdens foisted on you by others, and other circumstances outside of your control. She speaks hard truths to everyone from first-hand experience of difficult things in her life. I am so grateful for Christine's vulnerability and willingness to pour out her heart so that others can find freedom and healing in Christ.
Anna_A More than 1 year ago
This book has really been a game changer in my life. I didn't believe that I was ashamed of anything but Christine's transparency in this book shed light on things I didn't even realize were shame. I am so thankful I read this book because I've been able to start on a new path and find renewal in certain areas of my life. Whether you're male or female, or if you feel ashamed or unashamed, read this book. You will find freedom where you didn't even realize you needed it.
CarrieBethDavis More than 1 year ago
This is one of those times when I'm just certain of the Lord and his perfect timing! I received an advanced copy of the book as part of the Unashamed Launch Team. It's definitely a book that I would have ordered and added to my collection, but it probably would've found its way to the bottom of my "to-read" stack. When it arrived, I eagerly started reading, and the Lord totally rocked my world! Man! I had absolutely no idea how much shame I grapple with on a daily basis. I also never realized the root of some shame in my life and how that specific root has caused much pain and turmoil in almost every area of my life. Reading the book really opened my eyes to see where the enemy has weaseled into my thought life and caused me to feel ashamed. I can honestly say that reading this book has changed my life. It breathed new life into me! I was finally able to see some of the places in my life where hurt was bound up, and I'm learning to let the Lord open and heal those hurt places. I'm finally learning what it means to walk in freedom! I love how Christine wove together scripture and personal stories about her own life to bring the book to life. Some of the scripture passages I feel like I've read a hundred times before, but I had never thought about how they apply to or deal with shame. I love that even though I don't share some of the same background as Christine, I could still see how her own experiences mirrored mine. That's a huge win for me with books where authors share personal stories and experiences - I like to feel like I can connect with what they're sharing no matter how different my own experience may be! So trust me when I say that this book is for you! If you are a woman who has ever felt ashamed or or judged or rejected, this book is for you! Of you've ever felt unqualified or like you were too much or not enough, this book is for you! (Men... I totally think you should read it, too!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It was Authentic. Empowering. Real. Practical. And SO VERY applicable. All of us (male and female) struggle with SHAME in one form or fashion. It was so insightful to find the ROOT of where that came from and find FREEDOM from it! I loved this book!
AndrewEKurtz More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book! It's not only a glimpse into the author's life, but an incredibly personal and spiritual journey for the reader. Christine Caine writes this from a woman's point of view and the audience seems to be primarily women, but I really think every man needs to read this too. I started reading it and found my definition of "shame" changing, and realized that this is a topic I need to hear more about - not only to be informed but for my personal growth. If you're on the fence about buying it or choosing between this book and another, pick this one. You won't regret it!
AliGentry More than 1 year ago
LIFE-CHANGING. Jesus has taken the shame and weight off of me (or should I say I finally let him). I can feel it. Yes, I cried through several of the pages, having to stop and really process my life - how and why certain things have caused me to be a people-pleaser, a perfectionist, a control freak, and pretty dang good at putting up walls and keeping people at a go-go-gadget type of arm’s length away. But the thing I realized most is that I have let shame get in the way of me and Jesus. I have been delivered - he did that for me on the cross - but I haven’t moved into the freedom that was given to me that day. "Jesus had set me free from shame, but I had to choose to stand up and walk out of my unlocked prison cell, drop off my unshackled chains, and step into the future shame-free (p. 64)." I've felt capped in my walk with Christ, feeling as if I'm doing well but not living to the fullest (anyone know what I mean?). It's because I haven’t been able to completely accept his love because I know my flaws extremely well. I couldn't wrap my mind around how someone would love me knowing those things? I truly hadn’t given over every “room” of my heart to him. This book did that for me. The Holy Spirit worked through the typing on the pages, from the heart of Christine Caine. My past isn’t a weight on me unless I allow it to be. I have to choose to believe in His love for me. His power is made perfect in my weakness. He is the Redeemer and satan wants me to stay locked in the darkness of shame so I can’t live into my fullest potential. Thank the Lord (literally) that I finally picked up this book! We live in a shame driven society but that shouldn't be the way we live our lives. As Christine says, “The world says: ‘Shame on you,’ I declare: ‘Shame off you!’” We can all live in the freedom (not solely the deliverance) of Christ, to love a broken world the way He does, and to fulfill our God-given destiny! I am a daughter of the King. I am free. I am unashamed.
Leona Morelock More than 1 year ago
Amazing read. I already love Christine so I knew I would love her newest book. What I didn't realize was how much 'shame' I would realize that I was carrying along with me and holding on to without realizing what it was. Shame is placed on you by so many people and is not something that we need to claim but as women it is so easy. I love Christine's real life examples and she helped me see so much from my own childhood that wasn't intended to hurt by others but that still to this day linger. No longer!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Prepare to have your life changed, ladies! I cannot recommend this book highly enough! Christine writes in such a way that you feel like you're talking to a best friend and mentor, while also being so fired up by the message she brings! I have never read a book with more vulnerability, grace, and truth. The insights Chris has gleaned from God's work in her life will serve to move and bless countless people. This is essential reading for all women! Prepare to highlight and underline huge chunks of this book as the lines speak directly to your heart!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've loved every book by Christine Caine, but Unashamed in particular has absolutely rocked my world! I've known for a while that I've been forgiven for my past and that there is freedom in Christ, so when my inner turmoil was still raging recently, I didn't have a name for the pain I was feeling. I was so discouraged and confused. But once I started reading Unashamed, I realized I was living my life delivered from my past, but not in freedom from it. Shame was the reason I was s feeling defeated, and shame caused me to live in hiding from the pain; it was paralyzing. But through Chris's personal testimony and vulnerability, God gripped my heart while reading this book, and I have chosen to walk completely in freedom from shame!
LisaHuber More than 1 year ago
POWERFUL! Must read book. If you are wanting to get rid of the chains of shame then read this! Amazing testimonies of freedom! Freedom is waiting for you too!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unashamed is a MUST-READ! This book is powerful, and it's written with an honesty and sincerity that is so rare, about a battle we all wrestle with. This book will not leave you the same, and has forever changed the way I battle with shame.
J_Baird More than 1 year ago
In "Unashamed" Christine Caine shines a light into the dark shadow shame casts over the very essence of who we are. Whether it stems from cultural differences, gender inequality, horrific abuse or school yard humiliation it distorts our value and leads to a lifelong belief that we will never be enough. This is not a self-help book, but rather a candid look into the courageous journey of one woman who overcame extraordinary issues of shame and found freedom and confidence in who she was created to be. Chris shares how she identified walls of shame in her own life and how she found the strength to tear them down in order to continue down the path of destiny. "We never stop fighting the good fight of faith; we simple become better equipped for victory." Chris' story has encouraged and empowered me to choose to overcome the obstacles in my own path and I believe it will help you too.
BrandyL More than 1 year ago
This is a great book with so many truths shared. The author did a wonderful job of pointing out the lies I believe and where they come from. Too long have I allowed this shame to control my thoughts and heart. Christine Cain was able to speak truth to these and help me to start challenging my own shame. It's a great book!
nkp_journal More than 1 year ago
Unashamed is one of the best books that I’ve ever read. The level of honesty in it has helped me with my personal journey of overcoming shame in my life. It’s a book that helps you understand that you shouldn’t be held captive by shame. I’ve learned that overcoming your past shame and hurt is not easy. Healing doesn’t happen in an instance but will happen over a course of time, the question is how willing are we to work through it. I would recommend this book to anyone.
ckinneer More than 1 year ago
Shame, humiliation, mortification, embarrassment, indignity, discomfort...they all mean the same thing and each invoke a feeling of negativity and failure. I thought I had dealt with my past shame that is, until I read the book Unashamed by Christine Caine. As I read the book, I found myself within its pages. I began to see how my day to day interactions were clouded in shame. Shame that I wasn’t good enough, shame that I didn’t deserve certain things, shame because I hadn’t received promotions...shame. Having grown up in church and after serving in ministry alongside my husband who is a pastor, you’d think that I would be among those that would be most free from such feelings. Instead, it was from the church where I allowed the most shameful feelings to creep in. As I read the book, I realized that feelings I had had for years all came from the same place...shame. This book is a must read for anyone that has ever felt like you don’t measure up. In it, the lessons are meant to be read again and again. Deep seated feelings such as the ones discussed within this book won’t go away after just one reading. It’s a daily struggle. Christine Caine is honest and real in her daily walk to overcome shame and in revealing the things that trigger those feelings. If you’re on the fence about purchasing this book, don’t be. Get yourself a copy and get one for a friend or loved one. You are worth it! I was given a copy of this book by the author and the publisher for my honest review.