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This is the story of God whispering, "What no one wants, I cherish."
The daughter of a mail-order bride and a busboy from San Francisco's Chinatown, Bonnie Gray grew up never truly feeling beautiful or beloved. As an adult, she built her life to look pleasant and ordinary, with a wonderful husband, two amazing boys, and a thriving career. But despite these blessings, she still felt the tugging emptiness of a missing piece.
At 39, a long-forgotten birth certificate in an old file cabinet sparked a curiosity Bonnie couldn't ignore. Determined to uncover her family's secrets and understand the home she was born into, Bonnie embarked on a quest that would leave her forever changed. Returning to the culture, places, and stories that shaped her, her search led her to soul-shaking discoveries about her identity, human kindness and what it truly means to belong.
The profoundly moving journey of learning to embrace our true worth, Sweet Like Jasmine celebrates how God uses our unique and broken stories to create a beautiful mosaic of His love, one life at a time.
|Title: Sweet Like Jasmine: Finding Identity in a Culture of Loneliness
By: Bonnie Gray
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Harvest House Publishers
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.5 (inches)
Weight: 10 ounces
Stock No: WW983422
"In a world crying out for kindness and belonging, this is a book needed for our times. Sweet Like Jasmine is a gift, a beautiful remembrance that God treasures each of our broken hearts in His sweeping story of redemption."
Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts
"Sweet Like Jasmine feels like having a cup of tea with a kind and brave friend who reminds you of Gods love, His grace, and how His unseen hand is in all of our stories. Its beautiful and powerful, life giving and heart freeing, deeply personal and soul-touching relatable. I read it one weekend, savoring every word, and I didnt want it to end."
Holley Gerth, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Powerful Purpose of Introverts
"Bonnie has a gift! Her stories draw you in from the start, and her raw honesty captures the heart of all who are looking for love and belonging in a culture of loneliness and isolation. This book is a healing balm of beauty from brokenness."
Rebekah Lyons, bestselling author of Rhythms of Renewal and You Are Free
"If youve struggled with feeling as if you dont fit in or arent good enough, Bonnies story of finding beauty and belonging in her brokenness will encourage your heart. I loved her poignant retelling of both the sweet and the bitter memories from her childhood, and how she can look back and see Gods goodness and faithfulness in the midst of it."
Crystal Paine, New York Times bestselling author, podcaster, and founder of MoneySavingMom.com
"Bonnie Gray is an engaging storyteller who reminds us of the grace woven through each chapter of our lives. This book is both poetic and insightful. Beautiful and honest. A worthy companion through the wilderness of learning to find our identity. Through stories, letters, cultural insights, and reflections, Sweet Like Jasmine generously provides much-needed language and permission to embrace the wholeness of who we are."
Morgan Harper Nichols, author of All Along You Were Blooming
"No one tells a story like Bonnie Gray! Join her on a journey of vulnerability, discovery, and a growing awareness of Gods redemptive power in our lives. Along the way, youll see that its right in our broken places that God shows himself strong."
Kathi Lipp, bestselling author and speaker
"This is one of those books that will stay with you long after youve turned the final page. Bonnies story is achingly beautifulnot only because its true, but because it is truly transformative. Our two life stories couldnt be more different, yet Bonnies story is also mine. And its yours. This is a story of the secrets and shame we all carry, and how God is workingalways workingto bring beauty out of every broken moment. This book is a treasure."
Jennifer Dukes Lee, author of Growing Slow and Its All Under Control
"Sweet Like Jasmine is a love story that will bring beauty and healing to tender places in the heart and deeper compassion for those who have ever felt unlovable or unworthy."
Melissa Michaels, New York Times bestselling author of Love the Home You Have and Dwelling
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