As I read this beautiful book, I was continually drawn further and further into the ministry of Jesus. He came for the oppressed and the needy, for the sick and the tired. Jesus sought the broken for healing, for comforting, to love unconditionally. He came to save all who needed His salvation and gave Himself up to die upon the Cross for me, for you, for each and all. “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10 Jesus broke the bread and gave it…And He took bread, and when He had given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of Me.” Luke 22:19 Jesus was the Gift to His disciples; He also is the Gift for us this very day, every day. As we take communion, we sit with Him, the Bread of Life.
The Broken Way is about being the gift, ourselves, to those we encounter in our walk upon this earth, on the path that God has set for us. By being the gift, we give with open and welcoming hands, not closed fists and fearful. We can become less needy and less sick, less oppressed and less tired because we are giving of ourselves from the heart molded by God.
As I finished reading chapter 14, I underlined so much in this beautiful chapter because it spoke right to my heart. I felt just like Hope, Ann’s daughter, who was lying on the bed with her mother. I was listening to Ann’s words I had need of decades before, words that touched my soul today, that crept into my soul and heart through cracks begun years ago. “Maybe all the brokenhearted don’t need to try to believe more in themselves, but to believe what Jesus says about them more.” I have lived broken since a teen…not being good enough. By the time a bad first marriage ended after ten years, those old tapes of not being good enough had intensified. What Hope began to grasp at her young age, I am healing year upon year since God blessed me with a Christ-centered marriage of 23 years now. Now 69 years of age, I am blessed. Thank You, Jesus. Amen.
Being a member of the launch team for this book allowed me to begin reading before it hit the bookstores. I have been so blessed to be a part of this as we who were on the team shared on a facebook page. On it, we interacted with the actual book launch and the tour that Ann made over about two weeks in the United States, ending in Toronto, Canada. We were able to watch the tour as it journeyed on from photos and words written. We created graphics with quotes from the book to share with the others. Many on the team were able to venture to Canada to meet Ann and others on the team before it all began. (I was not able, but enjoyed the photos, the messages, and the music from that afternoon.)
I highly recommend this powerful and insightful new book of bestselling author, Ann Voskamp.
Ann Voskamp is wife of a Canadian farmer and mother to seven children, ranging form college-age to a very young one. She homeschools her kids, integrating real life in those lessons. Ann is a New York Times bestselling author of The Greatest Gift and Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, and the sixty-week New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, which has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into more than eighteen languages.
She was named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today. Ann’s blog (Ann Voskamp) is filled with beautiful photographs of hers and her finely woven words. Her site is one of the top 10 most widely read Christian websites.
Ann and her family live in Eastern Canada.
- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Zondervan (October 25, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0310318580
- ISBN-13: 978-0310318583
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1 x 8.4 inches