“Shame” may be something of a taboo subject, but in his book titled Shame Unmasked: Disarming the Hidden Source of Destructive Decisions, Rev. Dr. Rick Patterson brings this hidden, secretive menace into the light so we can retake control of our lives.

“While my doctoral dissertation was based on how shame motivates and manipulates our lives, it’s been my experiences in corporate America, professional ministry, and the adoption of our four African American children that have led me to a new understanding of the power shame has over our lives and the daily decisions we make.  I have seen the effects of shame in my own life; in the destructive decisions I’ve made from breaking my hand punching a wall to entering professional ministry.  It’s my hope that I can bring awareness to this hidden ‘killer’ so we can go about disarming it before it does any more damage.”


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“Shame Unmasked is a brave, challenging, and necessary work to anyone who really wants to live a life of freedom. This book is a helpful companion for the journey.”
Fr. Richard Rohr, O.F.M.

Founder , The Center for Action and Contemplation

Shame takes on all forms of negative self-talk. Richard Patterson explores all aspects of shame in his groundbreaking new book. Through his own stories and those of his brave children, Richard takes the reader on an eye-opening adventure of self-discovery.”
Danette Kubanda

Emmy Award-winning television producer, publicity consultant, media coach, and writer, Danette Kubanda Media & PR

“Shame can terrorize you and strip you of all that you are and can be. Thankfully, Rick Patterson exposes shame for what it is and helps all of us to reclaim our lives. A must read.”
S. Renee Smith

Nationally recognized self-esteem & branding expert, coach, speaker, and coauthor of Self-Esteem for Dummies, S. Renee Smith Website

“Rick Patterson shows how shame distorts all our relationships, and he points us to the path of healing and wholeness—an important book for all those who deep down feel that they are not good enough.”
Dr. Tom Boogaart

Professor of Old Testament, Western Theological Seminary