Why 5 Books for Broken People?
Well, the 5 is random. Just honest. But the broken people are not. Perhaps having it all together is most appealing to some folks. But when I look at the people Jesus was hanging out with when he lived on this earth, I find a bunch of broken people.
Tax collectors, fisherman, those who needed healing of all kinds.
The truth is: we all have something that needs “fixed.”
Perhaps it is a sinful heart.
Maybe your broken place stems from a divorce.
Or your heart was torn to shreds by a love unreturned.
Perhaps you lost a child to Heaven far earlier than you desired…
or death claimed your best friend on earth.
No matter the brokenness, no matter the hurt, God wants you to see the pieces He places together. While I personally still have some glue He’s drying and some of my broken pieces are lying around in a scattered mess, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite books for broken people. Guess I consider myself an expert. 😉
This book by Kay Arthur is one of my favorite books for healing and restoration. When I read the book a few years ago, it took almost a year to get through the book because I had to digest it slowly. I would read a chapter and then put it down in order to process it. Literally, this book was on my microwave cart for a year because I wanted to read it desperately, but each time I read, there was so much meat and truth that I would ponder and re-read multiple times. Love this book and highly recommend it to bring hope to hurting hearts.
2. Beautiful Things Happen When a Woman Trusts God Trusting God with our broken places is tough. After all, no one wants their wound ripped open again. To clean up the seeping blood will hurt- we’d rather slap some temporary gauze on and hope that it heals. But God turns broken into beautiful and Sheila Walsh does an incredible job of revealing what an incredible process that can be.
3. God Loves Broken People: And Those Who Pretend They’re Not I have to be honest and tell you that I’ve not read this book, but I’ve been dying to! I don’t own a copy just yet and I’m thinking I may check this one out of the library. The book has 133 reviews with a 4 star average and the Amazon comments alone are inspirational. If you’ve read this one, please let me know your thoughts!
4.One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are Funny how this book seems to follow me. A couple weeks ago, a copy of this book lie out at the house of the seamstress where my daughter was getting a dress altered. Then just tonight, a friend mentioned the book on her Facebook status. From page one of this incredible book, Ann Voskamp exposes her own broken places and extends an invitation for the reader to accompany her journey to healing. Beautiful book if you’re one of the few not to have read it yet.
This book was on my “5 nonfiction books to read this summer list” back in June. I had no idea that I would be so privileged to meet the author of this precious book and chat with her while I taught at the She Speaks conference, but God intricately crossed our paths. There are books that I love and pass on to you and then there are books that I love and will refer to again and again. The Unburdened Heart falls in that second category. To find the freedom of forgiveness, read Suzie’s book. It is liberating and I could not put.it.down.
So you have it. My 5 favorite beautiful books for broken people. I’d love to hear:
What beautiful books do you recommend for broken people?
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