Several years ago I purchased "Broken into Beautiful" by Gwen Smith at a women's conference (probably because it was on sale for $5) and read the first couple of chapters. Her area of brokenness was different than mine, so the book made its way unread back to my bookshelves. Recently, however, my attention was brought back to this book. It's amazing how life experiences can enhance our openness to learn from someone else's trials and victories. Because of my job with a pregnancy resource center, I can relate to Gwen's personal story on a different level, but overall I am more open to seeing how she allowed the Lord to heal her broken heart. When she did, amazing things began to happen. Then her willingness to be transparent transformed her ministry into something greater than she could have ever imagined. This book truly is for any woman ready for healing or ready to help others find healing.
This book really taught me to let go of my past!! My church book club was amazed and extremely thankful for this book, as it helped EVERYONE of us open up and let God's unconditional love take over our lives and let go of all the 'wrong-doings' and unforgivables of our past!!! This is a MUST READ!!!
I actually bought this book to help my 21 year old daughter get through some difficulties she is having. But as I read it myself I find that it is also helping me with some things I had thought I put behind me. I would recommend this for anyone to read who has doubts because of past/present sins, some men would also be able to see something of themselves. Read this book, believe what it teaches, apply it to your life and become beautiful again!
Gwen Smith's transparency and honesty in this book is a breath of fresh air. In a world where many women walk hiding behind their "fake" smile it was great to read a story from someone willing to take off the mask. It is an inviting testimony of God's healing in her life. Broken Into Beautiful is a wonderful narrative of what can happen when we allow God to heal our broken places.