Real

The Surprising Secret to Deeper Relationships

Discover how being real about our struggles helps us to fight sin and have authentic friendships

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Every woman longs for authentic friendships with others—but in a world of carefully-curated social media, most of us are merely keeping up appearances. Both online and offline, we're all prone to only presenting the best side of ourselves.

This book shows us that the secret to growing the relationships we crave is in developing a biblical habit of repentance. By being honest about our sin before God and receiving his forgiveness, we're freed be honest about our sin with others. When we drop the act and allow ourselves to be vulnerable by sharing our struggles, not only are we strengthened in our fight against sin, but we experience authentic fellowship and real friendship.

Catherine Parks empowers women to fight side by side against their sin, and shows how by getting real about our struggles, we can create genuine community in an "I'm fine" culture.

This book is great for reading with your book group, women's group, accountability partner, or one-to-one mentor—discussion questions are included for every chapter.

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Contents

  • Introduction
  • 1. Finsta and rinsta
  • 2. The way we were
  • 3. True to yourself?
  • 4. The joy of repentance
  • 5. Your roots are showing
  • 6. Dealing with sirens
  • 7. True authenticity
  • Epilogue: a land without repentance

Specification

Author Catherine Parks
ISBN 9781784982959
Format Paperback
First published 2018
Dimensions 129mm x 198mm x 12mm
Language English
Pages 160
Publisher The Good Book Company
Commendations

A deeply perceptive account of how to live real life—in the only way that matters.

Dr Kirsten Birkett

Author and Dean of Women, Oak Hill College, UK

This book moved me, changed me, showed me my need of the cross and inspired me to share this with others. A rare find, I couldn't put it down, was sad when it finished and will be coming back to it regularly to reveal afresh my sin and my need of a saviour. Catherine is ruthless in stripping back the layers to get to the root of our lack of real repentance, and immensely practical about what true repentance entails. I found myself genuinely confessing the heart of my sin, and therefore seeing real behaviour change. She then brilliantly inspires us to do this in real relationships with others.

Linda Allcock

London Women's Convention

In this superb and timely book Catherine Parks encourages us to pursue friendships that go beyond nod-along pity parties. In our day there is much talk of authenticity and being ‘real’. Catherine points us toward true mutual vulnerability, not as an end in itself, but rather as a means of journeying together back to the cross of Christ. This book has transformed the way I view what friendship is, and what it is ultimately for.

Rachel Wilson

Co-author of The Life You Never Expected

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