I just finished reading the book TrueFaced: Trust God and Others With Who You Really Are (I know that I seem to be starting this blog with a lot of book reviews, but that is because I have to do 2000 pages of reading for the D.Min. class that I am taking later this month. Some of the books are pretty good. So I have added a new category for comments about books.)
The first part of the book talks about the masks that we all wear to try to hide who we really are, even from ourselves. It is only by experiencing God’s grace that we are able to stop pretending to be what we are not and receive the power to become the people He wants us to be.
The authors talk about the contrast between trying to live in The Room of Good Intentions and The Room of Grace. In the first room people strive very hard to please God by their efforts but are frustrated by their failures and so end up wearing masks to pretend that everything is alright even though it is not. In the second room we accept each other as sinners who are in the process of being transformed by God and we are free to be ourselves.
There is a lot more in the book… the chapter on forgiving others is worth the price of the book. If you read it don’t let the somewhat cheesy humor in the first part throw you off.. the book is definitely worth reading.