Do you have a secret? Something that you’ve kept in the dark and hope never sees the light of day? Each of us has at least one, but author and pastor Aaron Stern says that secrets can destroy us. In What’s Your Secret?, Stern explores the topic of confession. Using scripture, personal stories, and stories from others, he leads readers on a path toward the joy that is only found in living as God intended, free from secrets and complete in His forgiveness.
This is an excellent book. Unlike popular self-help books on the topic, What’s Your Secret? doesn’t claim to give a simple solution. The book begins by guiding you through the process of confession (to God and others) and discusses what real confession is all about. It then proceeds to introduce readers to what it looks like to live out in the open. Chapters cover “unpacking” your baggage, making things right, and many other topics related to healing and living life free from secrets. Along the way, the author has provided anonymous confessions that he has collected, reminding us that we’re not alone – the secrets that we think are so terrible and unique are close to, if not identical to, those of others.
What’s Your Secret? is encouraging, insightful, motivational, uplifting, and inspiring. If that seems like hyperbole, it’s not. If it seems like I picked up a thesaurus and copied every word under a single heading, well, I didn’t, but maybe I am being repetitious. It’s intentional. You have to read this book. Aaron Stern wants you to live in freedom. God wants you to live in freedom. The road will be difficult, but with this book as a guide, you can do it.
The audiobook is read by the author, which I often enjoy. This case was no different. Hearing the author’s words in his own voice adds authenticity to the reading. The recording and production quality were also very good.