Thursday, August 15, 2019

Book Review & Giveaway: Shame Off You by Denise Pass


Title: Shame Off You
Author: Denise Pass  
Publisher: Abingdon Press

Shame is an assault on the core of who we are. It assassinates our character, minimizes our worth, and dashes our hope. Like Adam and Eve, we often hide shame, but hiding never heals it. Left unattended, shame can develop into a crippling reality that paralyzes us. Like an infectious disease, shame impacts everyone . . . but not all shame is bad.
Shame can either be an oppressive and powerful tool of worldly condemnation or a source of conviction that God uses to bring his people back to himself. Having the discernment to know the difference and recognize shame in its many forms can change the course of one’s life.
In a transparently honest style, Pass shares of her experience dealing with shame after learning that her former husband was a sexual offender. Having lived through the aftermath, she leads you into God’s Word where you will see for yourself that God is bigger than your pain, shame, mistakes, and limitations.
Shame Off You shares how freedom can be found in choosing to break the cycle of shame by learning from the past, developing healthy thinking patterns, silencing lies, and overcoming the traps of vanity and other people's opinions.


In Shame Off You, author Denise Pass seeks to empower readers to live a shame-free life. Since reading Shame Off You, I’ve had moments in which I catch myself entertaining certain thoughts (usually something said by someone else) and realize that I don’t have to indulge the shame.  Shame off me. I repeat it out loud and give myself permission to let it go. Shame Off You has helped me become more conscious of the shame and negativity floating in my mind.

In Shame Off You, Denise Pass shares glimpses of her personal story as she addresses her topic. Due to my life circumstances, I expected to be strongly connected with the things she wrote. Chapter one grabbed my attention in a strong start, but I found chapter two confusing. I think this chapter would have benefited by clearly defining certain terms (shame, condemnation, conviction, etc). As it was, I restarted at the beginning of the book in case I had missed something, but didn’t find further clarification. For a few chapters, I felt disconnected from the book. Then, somewhere in the middle, things clicked and I began to absorb the powerful truths presented.

As I mentioned before, I benefitted from reading Shame Off You by Denise Pass. So much truth about human experience lies within the pages and I soaked it in. Denise Pass writes with honesty about many issues that are related to shame (rejection, comparison, sin, failure, etc).  I recommend Shame Off You to anyone dealing with shame and its far-reaching effects.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.



Denise Pass, author of Shame Off You, is an award-winning CCM recording artist and singer-songwriter, accomplished writer/blogger, speaker and worship leader at women’s conferences as well as a worship leader on staff at her home church. After a crushing discovery of her former husband’s hidden life as a repetitive sex offender, and surviving a painful divorce, she now shares an inspirational message through her ministry, Seeing Deep Ministries, about seeing the deeper truth in God’s word when life hurts. Denise also founded and directed a home educational co-op for 12 years and engaged in many educational pursuits, including forming and directing a classical children’s choir. A graduate from the University of Maryland, Denise now resides in Virginia, with her “Kinsman Redeemer” husband and five children.

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