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More About the Author
Angie's blog, Bring the Rain, (www.angiesmithonline.com) started as simply that - a way to share her heart honestly and to have the gift of listening to those who had experienced similar loss, but truthfully, not all that much has changed along the way. Angie now writes books and Bible studies and teaches around the country, but the heart of all of those ministries is the same as it was when her fingers typed the very first words on her blog: Angie greatest passion is to make the Bible feel accessible and relevant, and to share her own ups and downs along the way to encourage others in their faith.
Angie holds a Master's Degree in Developmental Psychology from Vanderbilt University and is a best-selling author of multiple adult and children's books. She and Todd (and their house full of daughters) live in Nashville, TN, but hopes her path crosses yours somewhere out in the great big world.
To view Angie's speaking schedule or to say hello, visit www.angiesmithonline.com.
Top Customer Reviews
These are the themes that Angie Smith explores in her new book, Mended. If you aren't familiar with her story, Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith, lead singer of the group Selah. She is also a popular blogger and speaker. In 2008 Angie gave birth to a baby girl, Audrey, who went home to be with the Lord only a few hours after birth. The Smith's learned of Audrey's condition early in the pregnancy and their journey through faith and loss is chronicled on Angie's blog. Audrey's story isn't detailed in Mended, but the book is infused with the grace and healing God has brought to Angie through the pain.
Mended is written with warmth and honesty. Angie reflects on the everyday moments of life like a child learning to pull weeds or spinning in the teacups at Disney World and sees God speaking through them. The moments of reflection at the end of each passage guide readers to consider the brokenness and mending in their own lives. Though the book does reflect on biblical truths it is a devotional, not a Bible study. I would recommend that readers use it as a devotional book alongside their regular Scripture reading. The thoughts for reflection included in each reading should make excellent journal prompts. I would highly recommend this book for readers who want to be reminded to look for God in the everyday moments.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a quality review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I did not guarantee a positive review.
1. There seems to be no focus. The author's thoughts (and writing) goes all over the place. In each chapter, she tells a story from her life, then talks about how it made her think about something in her relationship with God, and at the end, she gives us some questions for reflection. In almost all the chapters, I found that these 3 elements in each chapter didn't compliment each other. Instead of working together to make her point stronger, all 3 elements had different points that weren't related (or were very barely related, in fact some seemed quite far fetched), and it frustrated me. It seemed like the author wasn't sure of the point she wanted to make, which was very evident when you read this book.
2. She likes to use flowery language, or talk in a way that beats around the bush. I like a book that gets to the point. Say what you need to to make the point stronger. Don't add extra stuff just for the sake of giving your book a few extra pages. One example is Chapter 14 where she talks about being 'all-in' when you follow Christ, and how there was a fire on the beach when Jesus came to look for the disciples after he'd risen from the dead, and how she thought Jesus was the one who lit it and she'd explain why. Right after that, she launches into how she thinks it's amazing how Jesus asks Peter 3 times if he loves Him and will feed His sheep. She never explains why she thinks Jesus lit the fire, or how it's even relevant to the chapter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book in preparation for planning our church's ladies retreat. It's a great read. I love the idea of being broken and mending and the activity Ange Smith does in this... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Nichole Hall
Shipping took a little longer than expected, but merchandise was satisfactory :))Published 19 days ago by Teryn
Very good book, anyone can benefit from this book no matter what they have gone through or going through now.Published 2 months ago by Jan McTee
Very good book. Enjoyed every minute of reading it. Covers a lot. Will re-read.Published 2 months ago by Roxanne
This author is an amazing woman of God and a great teacher. She keeps it real and is relatable and genuine. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Christine Blair
Life changing book. Touches the heart, challenged the spirit and encourages anyone in a tough spot. She is a gifted writer. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sarah Beth Whetzel
This started off really hopeful and I was so hooked initially. I felt it ended without much depth and the second half felt rushed and like she really didn't have anything to say... Read morePublished 5 months ago by kat3
A powerful, encouraging, truth-filled and uplifting book. Having recently lost my mother to cancer it spoke deeply into the pain and brokenness within me.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer