Kindle Edition ´ Hidden Agendas PDF Ú

Kindle Edition ´ Hidden Agendas PDF Ú

Hidden Agendas ❰Ebook❯ ➩ Hidden Agendas Author Steve Brown – 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 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.

10 thoughts on “Hidden Agendas

  1. Rebecca Ray Rebecca Ray says:

    We all often wear masks of who we wish we were We might wish to be super smart athletic a clean eater a superchristian a supermom or so many other things that we hide our selves behind these masks of who we want to be Sometimes we do it intentionally Other times we just find ourselves unconsciously projecting a mask to the world of who we want to be instead of who we are I’ve caught myself using a mask to hide instead of transparently connecting that it was with great anticipation that I starting reading Steve Brown’s Hidden Agendas Dropping the Masks that Keep Us ApartIn this book Brown examines why we wear masks who we are in Christ and when it is appropriate to take these masks off and be authentically ourselves He examines the devil’s trinity of shame guilt and fear Then immediately following that by reminding us that we are forgiven redeemed acceptable and loved He talks about some big concepts such as being crucified with Christ justification sanctification our own suffering and even explains how masks hinder our mission to share the gospel with the world He does it all with big stories jokes and examples that are breathtakingly beautifulHe mentions that some people consider his message antinomian and he explains at least twice why that isn’t true In fact his ending chapter is to clarify some where people have misunderstood his message and to answer uestions about his views on sin justification repentance and the like to those who may have misunderstood what he was trying to sayI think I really love this book It’s a breath of fresh air in a world where I’m always trying to measure up to my image of what a Christian should be I often slip and fall and when I could have shared that with my Christian brothers and sisters as a part of my repentance I instead allow my fear and my shame to cause me to create a mask through which I want others to see me as perfect In that I found true beauty in his examples of Christians who have sinned big and found through their confession and repentance that they have a community and that they are able to once again stand firm with the gospelI did not find Brown’s message to be at all one that allows us to ignore our sins but instead one that allows God to be the author of our testimonies Only He can change us and only through His grace can we find forgiveness of our sins It reminds me of the song I used to sing when I was a kid “He’s still working on me” as I realize that He loves me enough to allow me to use my shortcomings as part of how I can aid other believers find God’s grace and forgiveness and continue to work out my sanctification and my mission in my life I just have to be willing to drop my masks when I find a safe place to do so to be able to see God work through my lifeDisclaimer I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

  2. Mazzou B Mazzou B says:

    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 says7 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'sb seed abides in him and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God 1 John 3As 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

  3. Nelson Nelson says:

    First off the page count is actually 208 not 168I have followed Steve Brown for many years He has an approach to the love of God that is refreshing and bold This book embodies much of his teachings on the Grace of God and demonstrates his tag line for the followers of Christ Gods not mad at you I must say I love the final sentence of this book Go out and offend someone so that uptight Christians and misinformed pagans will doubt your salvationThis is one to add to my read it again and again list

  4. Gavin Brand Gavin Brand says:

    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

  5. En Yi WEI En Yi WEI says:

    Read it if you dare

  6. W. Whalin W. Whalin says:

    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 uite dangerous” Page 11 12Each 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

  7. Create With Joy Create With Joy says:

    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 allThe 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 intendedEach chapter includes uestions and Scriptures for reflection and small group discussionThe book is highly life giving and a recommended readThis 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 JoyDisclosure I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own

  8. Julie D. Julie D. says:

    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 uite blunt at times what he speaks is truth and it's probably what we all need to hear at this timeAlthough 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 starsThis book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

  9. Mark Mark says:

    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

  10. Sydney Sydney says:

    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 selfGenre 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

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