5 Beautiful Books for Broken People


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. 😉



1.When the Hurt Runs Deep: Healing and Hope for Life’s Desperate Moments

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.

5. The Unburdened Heart: Finding the Freedom of Forgiveness

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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  1. Anything by Mary DeMuth. She shares her brokenness and hurt and God’s glory and grace so beautifully.

      1. And I’m guessing you mean any books by her. Her book, Everything, is one of my favorites! 🙂

      2. LOL…Yes, any of her books. 🙂 And yes, Everything is one of my faves, too. I had the privilege of being on the Launch Team…such a great experience and great book!

  2. Thanks, Rachel. This book (The Unburdened Heart) was on my heart for nearly six years before it came out. My hope is that it’s freeing. Your beautiful blog post made this girl’s day, and it was wonderful meeting you. You’re special in every way.

  3. Harriet Holmes says:

    Kay Arthur’s book was and is a life saving book for me. I have both the hard back and audio books. A little over two years ago our son was having a hard time in his life and God lead me to this book. When our children hurt moms hurt also. I would listen to this book at night when I could not sleep. Several months later our son was murdered. What a God send it was then and is now. Thanks for this list and your ministry to so many.

    1. Oh Harriet. May the peace of Jesus continue to be your mainstay. Thank you for your comment.

  4. Scott Hildreth says:

    My Kindle book, Broken People has a solid, sound, raw, and often on your face message. Through God, all of us can heal. It addresses real issues with troubled teens in a manner that is effective.

    With 40 five star reviews, and a 4.88 star average, it’s clearly as he critics claim, “a must read for all teens”….” a bible for teens and parents alike”

  5. Rachel, thanks for the book list! I am currently participating in the What Happens When Women Say Yes to God OBS and journaling through my Bible, but thinking I will save this list for future reference…although I am confident in Christ, I am broken in many ways. I pray each day for God’s healing and His help to surrender all of my sadness and circumstances that pain me…my brokenness!

    1. Bless you, Friend. Tell me how the Yes to God study goes!! Haven’t done that one. 🙂

  6. {giggle} I had to giggle at this: “Well, the 5 is random. Just honest. But the broken people are not.” Sounds like broken people are not honest. Sorry! 😀 Love this list. Will be saving it. Thanks! 😀

    1. oh how funny! You know me- just writing off the top of my head about 98.9% of the time. I guess that further proves my point of really not having it all together. lol 🙂 Have a great day, Friend!

      1. Sweetie, with the crew you have, you HAVE to have it together to handle them all! You’re a marvel! 😀

  7. Beautiful books for hurting people:
    Waiting for his Heart by Joy McCain
    I Will Carry You by Angie Smith

    1. Thanks Amber. I’ve not the read the first you’re suggesting, but I have read the second. It is indeed very beautiful!

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