How shame comes from both internal and external sources.
An Unconventional Memoir
Shame is a sickness that festers in the soul. When left in isolation, it runs rampant—attacking our spirit, reshaping our identity, and dismantling us to our very core. We’ve been pressured by society to present only our best attributes, but weaknesses, guilt, and pain simply don’t go away when ignored. Josh Roggie doesn’t just reveal the guilt, disappointment, and embarrassment that has been present in his life—he seeks to overcome it through wit and abundant oversharing. By including stories on infertility, ever-evolving theology, and even masturbation, he makes it clear that no topic is off-limits. Shame is for anyone who has wondered what it would feel like to be known, despite all the things that they’ve done or that have been done to them. It’s time to realize true freedom by bringing shame to the light, where it will wither and die.
Shame is a funny, yet vulnerable book that discusses:
The relationship between shame, embarrassment, and guilt.
How childhood shame and guilt can affect our development.
How the path to overcoming shame is understanding one's own story.
Why vulnerability within community is the best way to escape isolation.
“Josh Roggie tosses aside all expectations of a Christian memoir and gives an honest, funny, and fresh take on how a Christian childhood informs one’s life as an adult... An engaging, inspiring treat.”Eric Wilson, NY Times bestselling author of Fireproof and Samson
“Prepare to learn much from his vulnerability and be drawn into the loving embrace of a God who only squeezes us in closer in times of shame.”Meggie Lee Calvin, Bestselling author of I Am My Own Sanctuary
”Josh Roggie writes a very personal story that is both funny and heartbreaking... His story stays true to a Christian’s experience. It reflects what it’s like to go from being told about God and what to believe, to making your faith your own.”Toby Morrell, Host of the “Bad Christian” podcast
“I found myself reliving so much of my past in this book by Josh... I loved every minute of this—and the soundtrack alone is worth the price of entry.”Seth Price, Host of the “Can I Say This in Church?” podcast
“As you read this heartbreaking and hopeful book, allow the courage and vulnerability poured out on these pages to infect your heart and nudge you out of the shadows and into the light of day.”Jason Elam, Host of the “Messy Spirituality” podcast
“I hope every single Christian who has lived with guilt and shame reads this book. I believe it will go a long way toward helping them heal.”Matthew Distefano, Bestselling author of Devoted As F*ck
“It’s an honest and sincere presentation of Josh’s life that he invites the reader into—to listen, to learn, and to just simply share. And there’s power in that kind of story, I think.”Josh Olds, lifeisstory.com
“Here are the songs that got me thinking about each chapter. There are some gems in there. And yes, they are generally of the punk/rock/hardcore persuasion. Many of these artists are my favorites because they write the most sincere, genuine, heartbreaking music I have ever heard. It will be well worth your time listening to them.”
Josh Roggie has been writing since his teenage years when he had aspirations of being a Christian rapper. He has long since released that dream and focused on honing his writing craft to develop stories of all kinds that would inspire challenging questions. He lives in Colorado Springs with his wife and two cats.Visit his Facebook Page