Shame and the Church: Exploring and Transforming Practice
SCM Press, 2020, 193pp, pbk
Sally Nash’s avowed focus in this book is mainly on ‘the shame we don’t deserve’ (3, quoting Smedes). She has been studying shame in the church for a decade, and much of the book examines a range of exclusionary dynamics in the western church which are experienced by individuals as occasions of shaming. Wonderfully, she begins the journey from an experience of shame by her eight-year-old self, and allusions to this pop up lightly but poignantly at intervals through the book.