Something about freedom scares us to death.  We continue in our bondage – and that is a major tragedy.  It’s a tragedy because Christ went to so much trouble to set us free.  It is a tragedy because there is so much more to being a Christian than obeying rules, doing religious things, and being ‘nice.’  It’s a tragedy because our heritage is freedom . . .
Steve Brown, A Scandalous Freedom

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A NEW BOOK IS IN THE WORKS! I CAN’T GIVE AWAY THE TITLE YET – BUT YOU MIGHT FIND A CLUE WHEN YOU LOOK IN YOUR REARVIEW WINDOW! #thisisaboutus #because webelongtoeachother  Check out the Header Tab Under ABOUT for previews.

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WHO IS GRACE? thirty days of wandering in the oh-to0-good-to-be-true news of grace

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BRAVE COMPANIONS  – A new venture that matches Brave Companions with parents of adult children who are mentally ill and/or addicted with those who have walked that path before. If you are interested in walking along others who understandably get a lost in the midst of some of life’s painful realities, or if you are needing someone to walk along side you contact sharon@sharonhersh.com. Look for a Resource Directory for Brave Companions this Summer! (I invite you to read the most recent blog in the “Musings Section” of this site about Kyle, a dear client of mine, who suffered with schizophrenia until he could not suffer any more.)

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Wounds, I think, are never confined to a single skin but reach out to rasp us all.  -Lauren Slater, Welcome to My Country

HOW CAN SHARON SERVE YOU OR YOUR MINISTRY?

Sharon is a sought-after speaker for conferences, retreats, seminars, classes, trainings, or workshops.  She loves to speak any where in the world — to a group of 2 or 2,000.  Sharon is an Adjunct Faculty member at Reformed Theological Seminary, and has taught at Colorado Christian University and The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology graduate counseling courses.  Other subjects Sharon loves to speak on include: the courage to abandon ourselves and embrace relationships; life beyond addiction; finding the landmarks of faith, hope, and love in our stories; knowing your sexual ethic – for adolescents, adults, and parents; healing trauma, and self-care for caregivers.

Sharon lives in Lone Tree, Colorado and is finding freedom and adventure in the empty-nest years.  She loves to travel, read, listen to music, and spend time with her friends.

“She packed up her potential and all she had learned, grabbed a cute pair of shoes and headed out to change a few things.”  Leigh Standley

MY FAVORITE BOOKS:

BOOKS THAT I LOVE: New: When Breath Becomes Air, Milk & Honey, Hidden Wholeness, How To be Here, God and His Sexy Body: The Story of Adam and Eve, Falling Into Goodness: Lenten Reflections, Straight Pepper Diet, Hillbilly Elegy, Wishful Drinking, Blackout, The Poems of Hafiz, Immortal Diamond, This Day, The Gift of Addiction: How God Redeems Our Pain, Scary Close, The Crossroads Between Should & Must, Discovering the Magic of Tidying Up Your Life, In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts, Chasing the Scream, Pornland, The Body Keeps the Score, Trauma and the Heart of God, God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect their Bodies, A Scandalous Freedom, Three Free Sins, Ragamuffin Gospel, Telling Stories, To Be Told, Beautiful Boy, Broken, All is Grace, Why I Stopped Going to Church, Abba’s Child, Dance Lessons for Zombies, Addiction & Grace, The Good & Beautiful Life, Falling Upward: A  Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life, The Spirituality of Imperfection, Julian of Norwich — Showings, Welcome to My Country, Ruthless Trust, Lost & Found, Hope Again Darkness: The Transforming Vision of Saint Francis in an Age of Anxiety,  Three Free Sins,  All That Is Bitter & Sweet, Traveling Mercies. Holy Hunger, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up, Drinking: A Love Story, The Tragedy & Comedy of the Gospel. Any poetry by Mary Carr or Gerard Manley Hopkins.

MY FAVORITE MUSIC:

SONGS THAT I LOVE, from Jill Phillips (new: Lead Me Home), Avett Brothers (new: True Sadness), Steffanie Gretzinger (The Undoing), Audrey Assaud (Fortunate Fall),  Gungor, Rachel Cohen, Pete Geiger, Cedarwood Road, Missi Hale, Macklemore, Sharla Jackson, Shaun McDonald, U2, Rachel Platten, Rich Mullins, Keith Green, Of Monsters and Men, Mavis StaplesAndrew Peterson, Third Day, Metallica, John Denver, The Carpenters, JJ Heller, Andy Gullahorn (new: Fault Lines),  David Wilcox, Sara Grove, Gungor, Mumford & Sons, Vignette, After The Storm – A Compilation after Hurricane Katrina, Plumb, for King & Country, Ashley Cleveland, Carrie Underwood, Fernando Ortego, Josh Bales, Johnny Cash, Shane & Shane, Jimmy Wayne

MY FAVORITE MOVIES:

MOVIES I LOVE: Lion, Silence, Fences, Hidden Figures, The Mask You Live In, The Shack, Wild, Inside Out, Game-Changer, Men, Women & Children, Spotlight, The Martian, Sicario, Amy, The Stanford Prison Experiment,Working Girl, Pretty Woman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Into the Wild, Lord of the Rings (all of them), Beautiful, Chocolat, Leaving Las Vegas, Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Little Miss Sunshine, Crash, The Help

MY FAVORITE TELEVISION SHOWS:

NEW SHOWS (to me) I love: Orange is the New Black, Wentworth, The Night Manager, The Night Of, Sneaky Pete, This is Us, Shades of Blue, Imposters, Alone, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Amerian Ninja Warrior,True Detective, Chopped, Masterchef, House of Cards, How to Make A Murderer, How to Get Away with Murder, Scandal, Law & Order, House, The Cleaner (cancelled), The Wire (ended), The Good Wife, Parenthood (this show turns me into a crying mess! – and now it’s over!), Breaking Bad, Dexter, Homeland, Nurse Jackie, Newsroom.

New friends worth checking out: Lori (http://ourunseenhope.com/);  Emilee (http://ehafler.blogspot.com); G.R.A.C.E. (Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (https://www.facebook.com/pages/…Abuse…GRACE; and Summit Church, Orlando, FL – (where my good friend, Zach VanDkye is always talking about grace. (www.summitconnect.org/), Downside/Up.com – my friend and filmmaker, Ben Sullivan, is creating some compelling short films. DO NOT MISS his new short film: “Muted” (you can download it from ITunes), Stuff Fundies Like.com, The Very Worst Missionary.com.

MY FAVORITE QUOTATIONS:

The greatest enemy of the spiritual life is self-rejection BECAUSE it contradicts the Voice that calls you Beloved.” Henri Nouwen

“The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of man, because His compulsion is our liberation.”  Henri Nouwen

“I guess we’re simply not meant to understand some things.  Bono,of U2, says that his favorite song is ‘Amazing Grace’and his second favorite is ‘Help Me Make it Through the Night,’ and most of the time, I have to let it go at that.”  Anne Lamott

“Acceptance is my answer to all my problems today . . . .”  The Big
Book of Alcoholics Anonymous

No one told me that when I wear a mask, people love my mask.” John Lynch

“He was supreme in the beginning and — leading the resurrection parade — he is supreme in the end.  From beginning to end he’s there, towering far above everything, everyone.  So spacious is he, so roomy, that everything of God finds its proper place in him without crowding.  Not only that, but all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe . . . get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of his death, his blood that poured down from the Cross” (Colossians 1).

“Anyone can slay a dragon, he told me, but try waking up ever morning & loving the work all over again.  That’s what takes a real hero.”  Brian Andreas

“He miracle came announced and in an odd package. . .it looked different than she had imagined. . .unpolished, untimely, unexpected. . .unpretentious. . .Yet it fit perfectly.  Divinely constructed solely for her.” Kristin Jongen