Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption

SoulBareThumbby Deana Chadwell6/16/16
Pre-ordering available now at A collection of essays, including one by DC  •  I am so excited to announce that in a month a new book will hit the shelves. Soul Bare is collection of essays written mostly by Christian women about their walk with God. It is the brainchild of Cara Sexton, an unusually talented young woman. One of my essays is included in the book – an essay on joy.SoulBare I’m including here some of the back-of-the-book blurbs and a picture of the cover. You can check it out more completely on Amazon or at Barnes and Noble.   I hope you’ll check it out.


“I held my breath, I cried, I shuddered, I whispered prayers, I ached. Most of all, I fell more deeply in love with Jesus through these words and stories. I can’t help but think how wide and deep and long this love is that finds us all so broken and yet so beautiful.”

Idelette McVicker, founder and editor-in-chief, SheLoves Magazine


“What does it mean to be ‘authentic’? We give the word a lot of reverence, but actually stepping out in authenticity remains a frightening prospect for many of us. There are those parts of our lives that we would rather not acknowledge, that we would rather forget, that we assume would isolate us if they were found out. Soul Bare is proof that authenticity never isolates, but always invites new growth and community. Any reader is bound to find him or herself in these pages somewhere.”

Matt Appling, author of Life After Art and Plus or Minus


“So often Christian books offer us a well-intended formula for healing—one we’ve heard so often, we’ve got it down pat. But what happens when the formula fails in real life? What happens when the right ingredients or the proper measures still leave us empty in despair instead of full with promise and hope? Soul Bare won’t offer you a formula. You won’t turn the final pages armed with a ready-made antidote for brokenness or a cure-all salve for sin. What you will find is raw realness: uncensored stories by real people wrestling with the grit of real life. Lean in deep to Soul Bare. Your wounds have a place here. Your heart will find a home between these pages. You will see your real self in these stories. And you will glimpse our real God.”

Michelle DeRusha, author of Spiritual Misfit


“If you harbor any doubts that God is present in the broken places, let this prayerful chorus of voices dispel them. Soul Bare is a psalm to what is hard and holy, a glorious song of praise to a God who reaches into darkness and blesses even our deepest wounds.”

Esther Emery, writer


“These stories are brave, honest, and lyrical: a mosaic of shadows and light. As I turned these pages, I felt like I was being invited to glimpse a sacred cross section of the human experience. Suffering. Celebration. Despair. Hope. Sin. Forgiveness. And through it all an unmistakable thread of relentless redemption.”

Micah J. Murray, writer


“Wading through the waters of Soul Bare, I felt I’d been entrusted with something precious. These pages are filled with the all-too-true and all-too-resonant stories of real people who have loved, lost, sinned, survived, hoped, and healed. The fact that these contributors happen to be gifted writers only makes the reading that much better. They are in essence ‘going first,’ bringing their scars into broad daylight so the rest of us will follow—and Lord knows we need to. It’s way too easy to hide behind small talk and Christian cliche. You can get away with it for quite a long time, but real life begins in real relationship. And relationships are born of vulnerability. We’ve got to learn to drop our masks and be human together. I’m grateful beyond words to the brave women and men who shared their humanity and God’s goodness on the pages of this book. It’s an absolute gift.”

Christa Wells, award-winning singer/songwriter

Deana Chadwell blogs at and is a writing and speech professor at Pacific Bible College in Southern Oregon.
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Deana Chadwell

About Deana Chadwell

I have spent my life teaching young people how to read and write and appreciate the wonder of words. I have worked with high school students and currently teach writing at Pacific Bible College in southern Oregon. I have spent more than forty years studying the Bible, theology, and apologetics and that finds its way into my writing whether I'm blogging about my experiences or my opinions. I have two and a half moldering novels, stacks of essays, hundreds of poems, some which have won state and national prizes. All that writing -- and more keeps popping up -- needs a home with a big plate glass window; it needs air; it needs a conversation. I am also an artist who works with cloth, yarn, beads, gourds, polymer clay, paint, and photography. And I make soap.
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3 Responses to Soul Bare: Stories of Redemption

  1. Kung Fu Zu Kung Fu Zu says:

    Congratulations and good luck.

  2. Anniel says:

    Deanna, I can hardly wait to read this. Good luck to all sharing in this endeavor.

  3. Brad Nelson Brad Nelson says:

    I’m hoping someone will sign up and purchase this book and then review it. The review of Deana’s essay will, of course, be glowing. 😀

    But, seriously, it would serve all to the best if someone could read this collection of stories and produce an honest and informative review. I can’t see myself getting to this in a timely fashion so I hope someone can volunteer. If you don’t have funds available to purchase the book, then send an inquiry to Deana (her email is at the bottom of her articles) to see if you can get a (free!) review copy. Sometimes this is done. It depends.

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