October 2021—You Are More Than Enough in God’s Economy- Diffusing Voices of Shame and Leaning into God’s Grace

October’s Recommended Resources are curated to support you in having the critical conversations with your children, spouse, CG group, and community in deepening your understanding of knowing you are more than enough in God’s economy and helping to diffuse the voices of shame and leaning into God’s Grace.

Resources to READ this month:

Shame No More: A Framework for Healing Through Grace (Dr. Richard Shaw) invites us all to fully lean into the inherent worth and infinite value we were each created with. Dr. Shaw shares how as humans, we are image bearers of God and we reflect the beauty and brilliance of Him. By leaning into God’s grace, we can start to shed our shame.

“More Than Enough in God’s Economy-Diffusing Voices of Shame and Leaning into God’s Grace” (Ally Hotchkiss) In October’s blog, you might recognize Ally from the Living Wholehearted Podcast (Episodes 57 and 58). Ally and her husband, Ted, live outside Portland, OR with their two little girls. Married 7 years, Ally lives with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) and several other conditions and Ted is her full-time caregiver. Ally also works as Director of Operations for a nonprofit called TrueFace, an organization committed to helping us shed our masks of shame and live authentically and freely in the way God designed us to be. In this blog, Ally shares how she has learned to lean into God’s grace over and over again in order to combat the shaming voices and lies that she regularly faces.

The Cure and The Cure & Parents (Trueface) There are many ways to parent…how do YOU want to parent? We can wrestle with trying to manage our children’s behavior or reflect on how God sees them…LOVED. Grace-based parenting means we parent from an identity that we are LOVED and our children are LOVED. How do we do this? Check out The Cure and The Cure & Parents!

The battle against shame starts in childhood – Christian Parenting (J. Kevin Butcher) He is also the author of a new book entitled Free: Rescued from Shame-Based Religion, Released into the Life-Giving Love of Jesus.

Redeeming Love (Francine Rivers)  is a powerful retelling of the story of Gomer and Hosea, and shares the life-changing story of God’s unconditional, redemptive, all-consuming love and grace. CG uses this book in the Year 7 CG curriculum.

Why Emotions Matter (Tristan & Jonathan Collins) The Collins help us unpack our God-given design as an emotional being.

Resources to WATCH this month: 

Season 3 of The Chosen

Christian Parenting’s Every parent wants to knowvirtual event is coming up on October 15! Join CG Co-Founders Jeff and Terra Mattson and other insightful and fun speakers as they give voice into what we all want to know as parents.  For more information and to register, visit Christian Parenting.

Resources to LISTEN to this month:

“Enough” (Jess Littleton, Joi Hailey, and Courageous Gathering Band) is a song that reminds us we are enough because of Christ!

Courageous Gathering keynote session: Shedding Shame (Terra Mattson)

Living Wholehearted Podcast, Episode 91: Shame No More (Dr. Richard Shaw) Dr. Shaw’s training as an ordained minister, licensed marriage and family therapist, and licensed counselor has equipped him to dedicate his life to helping people find healing through grace. 

Living Wholehearted Podcast, Episode 57: Hope in the Darkness: Trusting God through the Hard, Part 1 (Ted & Ally Hotchkiss)

Living Wholehearted Podcast, Episode 58: Hope in the Darkness: Trusting God through the Hard, Part 2 (Ted & Ally Hotchkiss)

Living Wholehearted Podcast, Episode 99: God Made You to Be You: Fighting the Lies of Comparison (Jamie Ivey)

Be Loved, Love Well