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Does the soundtrack in your head sound like a dismissive coach or an angry ex? From learning to love her hair to discovering marriage lessons at Waffle House, Brown's stories keep you laughing as they teach you to recognize the destructive rhythms in your mind---and hear the song of God's grace instead.
Number of Pages: 220
|Publication Date: 2017|
Your soul holds a massive record collection: melodies, rhythms, and bass lines. Memories that ask you to dance and memories that haunt you in a minor key. Lies that become soundtracks to your days while truths play too softly to be heard.
Spoken word poet Amena Browns broken records played messages about how she wasnt worthy to be loved. How to Fix a Broken Record chronicles her journey of healing as shes allowed the music of Gods love to replace the scratchy taunts of her past. From bad dates to marriage lessons at Waffle House, from learning to love her hair to learning to love an unexpected season of life, from discovering the power of saying no and the freedom to say yes, Amena offers keep-it-real stories your soul can relate to.
The hurtful words of others and the failures of your past often determine what record you play the most in your mind. Those painful repetitions can become loud at the most inopportune time, keeping you from speaking up, pursuing your dreams, and growing closer to God.
Recognize the negative messages that play on repeat every day in your mind. Learn how to replace them with the truth that you are a beloved child of God. And discover how to laugh along the way as you find new joy in the beautiful music of your life.
Amena Brown is an author, spoken word poet, speaker, and event host. The author of five spoken word albums and two non-fiction books, Amena performs and speaks at events from coffeehouses to arenas with a mix of poetry, humor, and storytelling. She and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, reside in Atlanta, GA.
Jennifer M5 Stars Out Of 5How to Fix a Broken RecordFebruary 3, 2018Jennifer MQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5How To Fix a Broken Record is one woman's journey of learning to let go of past wounds, to love, to be herself, to say yes to a life that served her, and no to the things that did not. Woven through the deeper themes in the book was a delightful recounting of bad dates, hair snafus, nerdy clothes, social media, music, and stories from The Waffle House.
I enjoyed this book so very much. While the author and I led different lives, there were so many parallel similarities that I often found myself tearing up at her ability to so deeply "get it." This is a book that I think anyone could relate to, particularly those who struggled to fit in, to find ourselves, and to get rid of the old negative voices from our past.
Her writing style is warm, casual, and conversational. I didn't feel like I was reading a book; I felt like I was having coffee and danish with a girlfriend... talking about big things, small things, and everything in between. And laughing. There would definitely be laughing.
Finally, while her faith so clearly guides her, the book never once felt preachy or heavy-handed. Instead, it was honest and sincere. She writes about Jesus in a similar way to the way she writes about her husband... in a way that lets the reader know that she takes the relationship seriously, but not without injecting her natural lightheartedness and humor. One of my favorite lines: "I'm also pretty sure that Jesus would never invite anyone to play Candy Crush Saga."
Lovely, funny, and touching book. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up. *I received this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own."