Mended: Pieces of a Life Made WholeMended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole
Angie Smith
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Mended takes you on a journey to show how faith lived in the regular events of daily life is all that it takes to be a part of creating God's picture of redemption in your life and those around you. Your life does make a difference - because of how He is magnified in the cracks.
     

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Angie Smith Interview

Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith (lead singer of Dove Award winning group Selah), author of I Will Carry You and What Women Fear, and one of the most popular speakers and blog writers in the country. She holds a Master’s degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and lives with her husband and daughters in Nashville, TN.


 
How is Mended different from your first two books, I Will Carry You and What Women Fear
This book comes from a series of blog posts which were written at different times, and depending on the season of life you are in, God reveals Himself in different ways. So what I love about this is that it's taking pieces of my writing from all of these different places on my walk and compiling them. I love the way it shows different realizations and thoughts depending on where I was, and I pray that the reader is blessed by what came from deeply-carved places in me. In some sense, I can't recreate them because of the specific place God had me at these times, and I am so happy they will be released as one collection.
Mended captures the ways in which faith and action work together in the midst of daily life. Much of what you have written reflects how your children capture and communicate things of faith. What has being a mom taught you about Jesus?
I can't begin to put it into words. It changes the whole shape of faith. There were areas where I just didn't have the heart to understand the sacrifice that was made on my behalf, and they teach me the meaning of true, abiding love. In their defiance, their well-meaning efforts, their laughter-every bit of it is a reflection to me of the way God sees me, and it has put flesh on something that was less tangible for me. What a tremendous gift.
You were saved as an adult, having not been raised in a Christian home. How did God lead you to develop your faith without growing up as a "felt board Jesus kid" as you reference in Mended?
I can only say He wooed me. I mean that whole-heartedly. There is something about hearing His voice and knowing with an undeniable faith that He is exactly who He says He is. For me, that led me into Scripture, digging to see more of Him. I love that He can make Himself small enough to chase after a 20-something red-headed girl who doesn't even know a single verse and make her change everything for His love. No one but Him.
The structure for Mended was influenced by feedback from many women who shared openly about their struggle to incorporate faith as a part of their daily life. What do you do as a part of your life to keep your focus on Christ?
It's a challenge, that's for sure. But when you catch a glimpse of life hidden in Him you will long to spend time there. It doesn't have to be regimented, but it needs to be disciplined. I think so much of living with Christ is recognizing Him in everything, not just the time you are in church or reading your Bible. I pray that this book will open up eyes to Him, and that women will want to know Him more because of it. I can't think of anything that would be a greater honor!!!

 

Posted 03/15/2012