My friends and I picked this book out to start a ladies class. Even though I have never taught before, its a great place to start with a new beginning. I suggest it for a great read both alone and with others.
Thanks for the great cover that reminds me, along with my broken and glued together mug, that without the brokeness I could not shine with His radiance through the shatter pieces of my life.
In this book, Angie Smith shares pieces of her heart that have been mended by the love of an awesome God. Each entry provides the reader with much to reflect upon and many challenges to allow God to mend the broken pieces of life. She is real and her words speak healing.
Once you read this book, you will be buying additional copies to invest in others!
"Mended: Pieces Of a Life Made Whole" is the 3rd book written by Angie Smith. Many are familiar with her through the blog she writes, Bring The Rain. This book is a series of 31 devotions that share a portion of Scripture, along with a former blog post that has been redone in book format. Each chapter gives a feel of a good friend sharing what is going on in her life. There were times I laughed, cried, or was reminded of similar things in my own life. She definitely has a gift of tying it all together into a word picture that brings hope, healing, and help as the reader sees how to use her own cracks and imperfections to allow the light of Jesus to pour out. This is a book I will read again, but I was most impressed by a story called The Canvas in a section at the end called "Foundational Pieces". Make sure you don't just stop after the 31 devotions, but read on through the end of the book. (You know, in a film there are sometimes hidden gems in the closing credits! Same principle here!)
Angie Smith writes about being broken and cracked into tiny pieces by life and then held back into place by God in her book, Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole. She talks about the healing work God did in her following the loss of her newborn baby years ago and how even though she feels still broken and cracked in places, God loves her and wants to be glorified in her.
Isn't that the story for so many of us? Even if our pain and our testimony isn't just the same as hers, still we experience brokenness and still God lovingly rejoins our pieces and then uses us. In fact, we're better at reflecting His glory that way---with His light shining through all the holes and missing pieces.
She also has a wonderfully fresh perspective for a long-time church girl like me. Angie Smith didn't grow up doing the Christian-thing, so she writes as someone remembering the discovery of God's Word and His character. I love this about her. It makes what she has to say fresh and full of grace.
Angie Smith's writing is lovingly honest and funny, vulnerable and true. She's truly a storyteller who finds God in the everyday bits and pieces of life. This book is a collection of her more devotional-like blog entries, reworked a bit to fit the format and style of a book. They could be used as a daily devotional and slowly worked through and thought about or read like a normal book. There are no homework lessons or discussion questions per se, but she finishes off each chapter with a brief section called "mending," where she prompts you to think and apply.
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"Mended: Pieces of a Life Made Whole" is the third book by author, speaker, and blogger Angie Smith. It contains 31 devotionals developed from posts on her blog, a blog she started in order to journal her way through the pain of losing a child. Over time, Angie learned how to let God mend her heart. In this book, she gently leads her readers to do the same.
Each devotional starts with a verse or two of Scripture, moves into the text, and concludes with one or two life application ideas. Angie's devotionals are observations from life that help bring more of God's truth to light. My favorite was one she called "Sketched." In this particular devotional Angie shares how she sketches the future in her mind, but is sometimes confused or disappointed when reality doesn't color it in the way she anticipates or hopes. She is learning to let God complete her sketches His way in His time. She is learning to trust in His outcomes rather than her own.
If your heart is in need of healing and you are looking for a short devotional to nurture your thoughts, I recommend "Mended" to you. I received a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.