Hidden Agenda by Steve Brown book review.
by Steve Brown
New Growth Press
Dr. Steve Brown invites Christians to take off the mask of hidden agendas in his new book.
We like to pretend that hidden agendas are just for self-important bosses or egotistical politicians, but we all have them. Deep down, we all have a secret plan for getting from where we are to where we want to be, even if we refuse to admit it to ourselves.
And if our hidden agendas aren’t enough, we wear masks to obscure the truth even more. We put on these masks—like religion, appearance, power, politics, or protection—to drive our agendas. But all of this leaves us feeling phony, ashamed, guilty, and afraid. It’s killing us and hurting those we love. But for most of us, it will be a cold day in a hot place before we will be fully honest with anyone else.
There is so much more to life than hiding, pretending, and never being loved. In fact, there is already one person who sees behind the masks we wear and the hidden agendas that drive us. It does no good to tell God that you’re sick when you’re drunk, that you love him when you don’t, or that you didn’t steal and eat an apple (with apple juice dripping down your chin). God always recognizes and loves the “you” behind the mask.
So what can we do about the hidden agendas we have and the masks we wear? How can we gather the courage to be real? “Being real” has to start with your relationship with your heavenly Father. God already knows you inside and out. But God doesn’t know you in order to “out” you to your friends. His unconditional love for his own is reason we can pray to our Father without fear of rejection or judgment. Knowing God’s love, knowing that your heavenly Father is for you not against you is the only reason to give up your masks and develop the type of authentic relationships you never thought you could have.
Praise for Hidden Agendas:
“The most authentic, wise people are the ones most aware of how phony and foolish they can be. Not only is Steve Brown at the top of that heap, but in this book he pulls his readers right up there with him. This book will really and truly help you understand what it means to find the real and true you, the one God knows and loves, despite all.”
—Eric Metaxas, New York Times bestselling
author, host of the Eric Metaxas Show
“This wild and woolly book will call you further into the holy light of what it means to let your struggles and sin throw you into the lap of Jesus. Steve invites you to the banquet of freedom you weren’t sure existed. It does. Taste and see.”
—Dan B. Allender, Professor and Founding President,
The Seattle School of Theology and Psychology,
author of Healing the Wounded Heart
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Meet the Author
Steve Brown is the founder of Key Life Network, which exists to communicate that the deepest message of the ministry of Jesus is the radical grace of God. Having spent 25 years as a pastor, Brown now devotes much of his time to the radio broadcasts Key Life and Steve Brown, Etc., which are currently heard on more than 600 outlets.
Brown has a B.A. in philosophy and religion from High Point College and an S.T.B. degree from Boston University School of Theology. He is a visiting professor of practical theology at Knox Theological Seminary and at Westminster Theological Seminary. Brown is also an in-demand speaker and the author of numerous books, including A Scandalous Freedom, How to Talk So People Will Listen, and Approaching God. His articles have also appeared in many top Christian publications.
Additionally, Brown is a former member of the Board of Directors of the National Religious Broadcasters and a current member of the Board of Harvest, USA. With such varied experience, Brown refuses to be a “guru,” doesn’t want to be anyone’s mother and gives, in his teaching, the freedom to think. He lives in Florida with his wife, Anna. They have two daughters and three grandchildren.
Book Review: This book explores how we, humans, wear masks that hide who we truly are. We do this in an attempt to protect ourselves from rejection…we fear that we will be rejected if our true identities are exposed. We are in fact, phonies…always pretending that we are someone we are not. The truth, however, is that when we strip away the mask and allow ourselves to be real with the world this is when we can truly be used by God.
Steve has a keen sense of humor and bluntly speaks his mind. He doesn’t beat around the bush and comes straight out and says what he thinks. One can glean a great deal of truth from his book. Well written and gives his readers much to digest and think about.
My only criticism is that in a few places I did get a little confused about what point he was trying to make, but otherwise I felt this was a good book and gives one much to chew on.
I would give this book four stars.