Confession and vulnerability: I have only read 2 books in my life that were authored by women. To tell you the truth, I don’t know why it was this way. Maybe it was because I didn’t think that there were things in common that I would understand. I have thought about the misogynistic culture that I was raised in (outside of the church and inside of it too) or how at times I lost respect for my mother (which has been resolved and I love her so much). I don’t have the exact answer but I do know that when I received Nish’s book, Speak, I wasn’t exactly excited. i picked it up because I have always believed that a person’s story is the most powerful agent for change in a sad world. So, I gave her a try. And I can say in all honestly, I am sorry. Sorry for not giving female authors a chance, sorry for being closed off, and mostly sorry for missing out on all the wonder that different voices can possess. This book was excellent.
Weiseth came with a solid formula that many authors neglect:
Show the problem
Present the solution
Define the Outcome
The stories that Nish weaved were dramatic, funny, heart filled, and poignant. She came with a mission and a vision, and she nailed those goals. A small line from the book is all the teaser that you will need:
Build bridges. Advocate for good. Make disciples. Proclaim God’s kingdom. Share your story.
I highly recommend this book for anyone in one of the following categories:
1) People who have a story to share and know that it’s impact will help other people. (You really should)
2) People who think that their story isn’t powerful enough to help make a change for anyone else. (It really will)
3) People who don’t think that they have a story. (You really do)
I think you should read this book (I really do)
And to Nish, thanks for helping me break my stereotype about female authors. Well done.
I give it a 5 out of 5 stars.
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