Nonfiction Book Review: Bound to be Free

Bound to be free cover

Bound to be Free:  Escaping Performance to be Captured by Grace

© 2016 D. A. Horton

ISBN 978-1-63146-467-6

From the back cover

For years speaker and rap artist D. A. Horton struggled with childhood wounds that left him striving to earn God’s love.  This self-induced legalism colored his entire existence.  The tensions of his life trajectory, his relationships, the desire for affirmation, and peer pressure weighed on him and never relented.  Whenever his striving ended in failure, he imagined that God would punish him. – or even banish him from God’s Kingdom.

My introduction to the author

When I Googled D. A. Horton I found a baby faced man staring back at me.  I thought, “What can this kid have to say?”  He began setting me straight on the first page.


Liberally sprinkled with scripture throughout, Horton writes an autobiographical, occasionally confessional, & ultimately realistic look at how Christians become performance driven and how to find freedom in Christ.  In the process, Horton writes encouragement for believers going through difficulty of any kind by advising the use of scripture as an offensive weapon against the enemy – even if the enemy is just our self talk.


My favorite parts of Horton’s book have to be his personal anecdotes and his application of scripture.  Consider that Paul states we have been given a sword, the word of God, in Ephesians 6.  Now imagine an expert swordsman who agrees to teach you what he knows.  Horton is such a swordsman.  When Horton offers a scripture “prescription” or “antidote” for a struggle, I have the impression that he is sharing proven swordplay.  This book has found a home on my shelf so I can refer to it as needed.

[FCC Compliance:  Tyndale House Publishers provided a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of this review.] 







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