When I first read Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up, I was captivated almost immediately by a story the author, Kathy Khang, told about a situation in which a friend physically covered her mouth to keep her from asking a challenging question in a meeting. Kathy wrote, “I didn’t realize how powerful my voice could be until someone made sure I wouldn’t be heard.”
In this episode, Kathy Khang shares about her journey writing Raise Your Voice, and why it’s so important for us to not be afraid to speak out.
THIS EPISODE’S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
- Kathy Khang is the author of Raise Your Voice: Why We Stay Silent and How to Speak Up.
- Kathy shares about her ten-year journey of writing this book.
- The title, Raise Your Voice, initially felt too strong to Kathy.
- This book is for anyone who has ever felt strongly about something, but in a moment of decision chose not to say anything about it.
- Kathy reflects on a story she tells in her book about a time when a friend physically silenced her in a meeting by covering Kathy’s mouth with her hand.
- Kathy named the elephant in the room, which was important for healing and restoration in that circumstance.
- Markus reflects on his sense that he needs to be willing to speak up even when it’s uncomfortable.
- For those in majority, it is easy to remain silent because silence serves to maintain the status quo.
- Kathy still gets comments from people who hear her preach that this was the first time they’ve ever heard an Asian American woman preach.
- Kathy encourages those who want to speak up that it’s ok to fail. It is an everyday occurrence.
- Kathy grew up believing that God was easily displeased. In the last five years, Kathy’s relationship with God has been much more joyful.
- One of the best things about Raise Your Voice is the way Kathy unpacks the story of Esther in the New Testament.
RELEVANT RESOURCES AND LINKS
- Kathy Khang
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