Noel Jesse Heikkinen’s recently released Unchained: If Jesus Has Set Us Free, Why Don’t We Feel Free? takes a look at what freedom through Christ really means.

He breaks some very interesting ground regarding the chains we place on ourselves when it comes to forgiving ourselves for past mistakes and believing that God has forgiven us.

Each chapter is made up of sections addressing different aspect of freedoms, such as “set free from sin,” “set free from shame,” etc.

I think Heikkinen makes some really great points about the nature of freedom and how our opinion is shaped by America’s definition of freedom.

However, I also thought some of the language was super simplistic and fairly repetitive. (There is a difference between repeating for emphasis and simply being repetitive.)

I think he definitely makes some good points, especially when it comes to the fact that Christians can “add” rules to each other about how they should live.

However, I think he also waters it down a little too far when it comes to that aspect of religion — this is part of his “set free from religion” idea.

Overall, there were some very good ideas in this book, but there also were some ideas with which I didn’t really agree.

Read it with an open mind and pull from it what you can. I gave it three out of five stars on Goodreads.