Hidden Agendas: Dropping the Masks that Keep Us Apart by Steve Brown

Title:  Hidden Agendas: Dropping the Masks that Keep Us Apart
Author: Steve Brown
Publisher: New Growth Press
Release Date:  May 16, 2016
Genre: Non-Fiction: Christian Living

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.

Hidden Agendas by Steve Brown talks about the mask we all put on, and how God will always recognize us and love us behind that mask. What mask am I talking about? The mask we put on, sometimes intentionally, and other times subconsciously as how we want and hope the world to see us. Maybe to others, you want to project a façade of confidence, but in truth you are full of uncertainty. In Hidden Agendas, Steve shares with us reasons why is the mask up and how we can "drop" them. From the reasons of sin to shame to fear, we hide behind this mask, not wanting to show our true self.  Well, God already knows us, and He wants us to be the real us, to Him and in Him. In Jesus, we can find the light and the true truth that allow us to be as authentic and honest as we can be. (113) 

In a mere 208 pages, Steve throws in quite a punch that at first took some time in getting into, but once you are acquainted with his style of writing, you get it. There's a lot of unmasking going on, followed with stories and how tos, and even a brief Q&A area. In truth, I'm still processing and it may take more than one read to understand fully, but the underlying message is clear - be you in Christ, and let Him work in you.

NOTE:  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through Litfuse Publicity Tours for an honest review.  All opinions expressed are my own. For my review policy, please see my Disclosure page.



Steve Brown is a radio broadcaster, author, and the founder of Key Life Network. A former pastor, he also sits on the board of Harvest USA and devotes much of his time to the radio broadcasts "Key Life" and "Steve Brown, Etc."

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