Rise of the Truth Teller: Own Your Story, Tell It Like It Is, and Live with Holy Gumption

Rise of the Truth Teller: Own Your Story, Tell It Like It Is, and Live with Holy Gumption

by Ashley Abercrombie

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We are experts at hiding from each other. We withhold the truth, pretend we're okay, and perform at great personal cost. In fact, many of us are so good at lying to others about how we're "just fine, thank you" that we don't even realize anymore that we're lying to ourselves. We're missing the opportunity to offer our true selves to the world around us, to say what needs to be said and do what needs to be done, and to live with grace and gumption.

If you're tired of smiling on the outside while you are broken and battered on the inside, Ashley Abercrombie has a message for you--it's okay to tell the truth about yourself and what you've been through. In being brutally honest about her own struggle to overcome addiction, rape, abortion, perfectionism, and dysfunctional relationships, she helps you break the silence on your own pain and shame in order to find healing, encouragement, and ultimately acceptance. You'll learn to listen to your gut, courageously own your story (no matter how messy), and release those around you to do the same.

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ISBN-13: 9781493419142
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/01/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 13 MB
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About the Author

Ashley Abercrombie wore a mask more than half her life, and considers herself too old and too annoyed to ever put that thing on again. She has fought to overcome addiction, rape, abortion, perfectionism, and dysfunctional relationships to become an honest, whole, and free woman (most days) and has been in multicultural urban ministry and justice work for more than 15 years. During that time, she has taught Bible studies, classes, small groups, and workshops on reconciliation and justice, as well as Sunday services. Ashley is a content creator, and more than 200,000 people have completed her YouVersion Bible App devotional. She's currently doing that work while serving at Liberty Church in downtown Manhattan. A blogger, writer, and speaker, Ashley lives with her husband, Cody, and their two sons in Harlem.

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Rise of the Truth Teller: Own Your Story, Tell It Like It Is, and Live with Holy Gumption 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 27 days ago
This book really is telling it like it is with grace. Ashley's beautiful, honest, hope-filled story is a great example of humbly sharing the truth in love. If you want to take a good look at yourself and begin to uncover the lies and then stop telling them in your life, this book is for you. It is equally encouraging and challenging, building up the reader and giving you the chance to seek more from yourself, your faith, and your life. It is a clever and comical coming clean and getting real story. It is a book with application, asking for self-reflection, but never demanding a thing from the reader. Let me be clear - there is every opportunity to grow, reflect, build, change, and start being a truth teller in your own life while getting a front row to Ashley's raw and relatable journey to it herself. I can't recommend it highly enough! A book in season for so many of us on the road to healing and wholeness.
KellyDawn 3 months ago
Ashley Abercrombie truly embodies the rise of the truth teller. She bravely tells her own story; offers it up to her readers, to prove to us that we can also break our own silence on anything we have been holding back from sharing because of pain. At the beginning of the book, Ashley even offers to be the one to go first (as she recognized the gift when she received it),so that her readers don't have that pressure and we have the easier option of going second. By the end of the book, she has her readers living with holy gumption!
HisFancy_HerCowboy 4 months ago
What an amazing book. Mrs. Ashley captures the sights & sounds of everyday life, straps it on the back of a pack horse & guides us through this adventure called life. This book captivated my soul & lead me into a deeper understanding of God, The Father, through bringing Scripture to life in our world, everyday scenarios. Yes, this book is geared toward women, but she speaks to the heart of men so eloquently. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever struggled with having to make decision, which is everyone in the whole world. There is not another book on the market of this caliber, Jesus loving or world loving.
Amanda048 4 months ago
Yes, yes, yes! Ashley nails it in this book. It requires an incredible amount of bravery to live as your authentic self, especially if you're around people who appear to "have it all together." But the beautiful truth is that most people don't! They're wearing just as much of a mask. It's so much pressure to pretend to be something you're not. We see perfection on social media and feel like a failure if our lives don't look like that. But how many times did they take that picture before posting it? We need to live in the truth of who we are and who God made us to be or we will be running from it forever. *I received an ARC from the publisher but this in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
EmilyBoyMom 4 months ago
Well, this was a book that snuck up on me! Ashley Abercrombie is a podcaster, author, non profit board member, mom and co-pastor of a multicultural church in Manhattan. I haven't read any of her prior work before reading her upcoming book, "Rise of the Truth Teller," but I was moved, challenged and encouraged by it! I couldn't put the book down once I began. Abercrombie calls us to own our stories, tell them honestly and walk forward in that truth. Through sharing her life story, her challenges and frustrations, Abercrombie crafts a thoughtful, heart tugging book that at once had me laughing and in tears the next moment. She also calls you out in a way that hits right to your heart. I have so many quotes I loved in the book that I exhausted almost an entire pack of highlighter flags! This book would be a great one to read with a friend to meet and discuss together, or in a small group to work through, a few chapters at a time. Be forewarned--you will not be able to hang on to old habits and cling to that which isn't healthy after reading this book. You will be called forth to rise, walk with your head held high and serve others for our King. If you're not sure where to start, "Rise of The Truth Teller" is a great jumping off point for a new perspective on following Jesus and what He stood for. I was an early reader, thanks to Baker Books. All opinions are my own and I was not required to leave a review.
Sarah823SP 4 months ago
This book- surprised me- a new author- same themes we've been seeing over and over- owning your story- being vulnerable/brave, but her "Live with Holy Gumption" is the first aspect of the book that brings novelty to becoming a truth teller as she learned. It also sounded like it would be focused on her story- not a book that would be practical and motivating to me, but apparently the author knows us readers, and her idea of Holy Gumption is ending each chapter with a really well done accountability piece. First she has a heading Rise, Truth Teller and bullet point strategies that in the chapter she'd applied, and then she has a heading, Tell the Truth, which are leading questions to answer for yourself about your life. She has a great sense of humor blended with reality and her book is written in friend to friend honest tone- that makes you smile and laugh a bit to yourself. The most surprising and best aspect of this book are Ashley Abercrombie's biblical connections, she doesn't just make suggestions for handling transition and crisis, she frames it in a biblical worldview. And she does a great job sharing appropriate verses or biblical events that show how Jesus lived this way and modeled it. That's gospel living- right there, right now- but she's not preachy, she's authentic, and real, and believable. And I love it. She also shares examples from the Old testament, often including the actual verses for you to read and see for yourself the point she is making--what a breathe of fresh air her style is!! This is the kind of self help or reflection book that will benefit believers-- more of God and less of the author- but enough that we identify with it and see it in ourselves. I do not often give out 5 stars as a review-- I read a lot and am pretty selective, but this book deserves it and I hope for more from this new author!! Thankful to partner with Baker books and netgalley and have an advanced copy from Netgalley.
gfox79 4 months ago
I love this book! Ashley is a no-nonsense, raw writer who makes the reader feel like it is okay to share their story, no matter how messy. On page 19 she writes, "Real truth telling requires intimacy and vulnerability...Becoming a healthy friend in healthy relationship is a ton of work...Truth telling takes guts and gumption, grit and grace. And our world has never needed us to buck up, buttercup, more than it does now."
She divides the book into 3 parts: Own Your Story, Tell it Like it Is, and Live with Homy Gumption. At the end of each chapter, she gives highlights under a section called, Rise, Truth Teller. Then she encourages the reader to work on their stories with questions. She also incorporates Scripture in her writing.
I recommend this book for every woman who wants to know that their story matters. That they are not beyond the grace of God and that they will survive.