Naked and Unafraid: 5 Keys to Abandon Smallness, Overcome Criticism, and Be All You Are Meant to Be

Naked and Unafraid: 5 Keys to Abandon Smallness, Overcome Criticism, and Be All You Are Meant to Be

by Kevin Gerald

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Overview

Celebrate a vulnerable and open life by overcoming your fear of criticism and start living the life God intended.

Fear of criticism has turned into a massive epidemic harder than ever to overcome. It prevents people from speaking up; it's why most people struggle to make decisions; it's why we're uncomfortable with vulnerability and openness; and it's why so many are unable to meet their full potential. But it doesn't have to be that way.

Through the Bible story of King David dancing naked in the streets while his distant, guarded, and critical wife watches from a window, Naked and Unafraid provides a visual contrast of these two characters that sheds light on the way we all approach life and explains how the fear of criticism impacts our lives much more than we realize or are willing to admit.

God didn't create us to live guarded, isolated lives. Our greatest fulfillment isn't found in the window. It's found in the street. Everything in our lives, including our relationships, our work, our emotional and spiritual health, gets better in a place of openness and vulnerability. But that doesn't mean it's easy. . . because it's not. Vulnerability is risky. Exposure is scary.

Naked and Unafraid pushes readers to:
  • Find the courage to not let criticism control or determine who they are and what they do.
  • Stop living in the shallow end of relationships and experience the rewards that true vulnerability can bring.
  • Abandon smallness and live the life they were born to live.
  • Discover how the fear of criticism diminishes in direct proportion to understanding it.
  • Reject the limitations and inhibitions of "window living," so they can experience the freedom and rewards of "street life."
  • Confront their own worst critic that counts them out of what God has included them in.
God will help you move away from window watching, and toward street dancing. Know who He says you are, and live in that freedom!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781546038924
Publisher: FaithWords
Publication date: 02/04/2020
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,217,282
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Kevin Gerald is a second generation pastor. His church experience growing up was in a smaller church that was part of a small denomination. He founded and now pastors Champions Centre, a non-denominational church and one of the largest churches in the Northwest. Over the past few years, Kevin has grown in fellowship and partnership with a broad range of church leaders from various doctrinal and denominational backgrounds. He oversees and sits on leadership boards of several large, influential churches in America, is a long time member and has served as President of Integrity Leadership Ministries, and his speaking platforms include some of the major conferences, events and church platforms around the world. Kevin grew up in the Midwest but has spent his life as a pastor in one of the least churched regions in America. He and his wife, Sheila, minister together and live in the Seattle area.

Table of Contents

I Risk Exposure

1 Window versus Street 3

2 The Risk of Exposure 12

3 Playing It Safe Is Dangerous 24

4 Comfort Is Way Overrated 37

II Abandon Smallness

5 Growing Bigger on the Inside 47

6 Getting Beyond the Fear Fence 64

7 Sand and Stars 78

8 Think 3 89

III Push Past Criticism

9 Courage in Criticism 99

10 Criticism versus Critique 113

11 Filters 123

12 Don't Come Down 139

IV Own Your Story

13 The Power of a Pattern 153

14 Unoffendable 169

15 Relationship Ownership 181

16 Relational Mathematics 192

V Fight for Your Future

17 Being Your Best in the Stress 205

18 Giant Interruptions 217

19 Grapes, Giants, and Grasshoppers 228

20 Moving Back the Boundaries 242

Notes 255

Acknowledgments 259

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