Monday, December 30, 2013
The Beauty of Broken by Elisa Morgan
More blogging for free books! This book, "The Beauty of Broken" was a mix between an honest narrative of one woman's story and the story of her family and a book that brought truth, honesty, and encouraging words together.
Elisa Morgan, the author, shares her own story of pain and brokenness- starting as a little girl and leading up into the present days of her life as a young grandma. She talks of issues of alcoholism, drug addiction, infertility, adoption, teen pregnancy, abortion, divorce, death, and more.
Sometimes I think there is a lie that we buy into- that if we follow Jesus and teach our kids the right things- that they will be great. I'm realizing more and more that much of the way my kids turn out is not in my hands. Of course, that doesn't leave me without excuse to do what I can to help them grow but I loved this book and the encouragement and almost relief it gave me as it challenged me more to grow in my own faith in God, and to let me children come along with me and learn- rather than trying to pour my family into a certain "Christian mold." I loved the quote from Brennan Manning that summed up this book, "Anyone God uses significantly is always deeply wounded...On the last day, Jesus will look us over not for medals, diplomas, or honors, but for scars." A great book that I would definitely suggest!