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The Beauty of Broken: My Story and Likely Yours Too Paperback – September 10, 2013
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About the Author
Elisa Morgan is President Emerita of MOPS International, Inc., based in Denver, Colorado. She is the author, editor, or coauthor of numerous books, including Twinkle, Naked Fruit; Mom, You Make a Difference! Mom’s Devotional Bible; What Every Mom Needs; What Every Child Needs; and Real Moms. Elisa has two children, and a grandchild, and lives with her husband, Evan, in Centennial , Colorado.
Top Customer Reviews
The subject matter of this book is very serious. The book discusses such issues as divorce, homosexuality, teen pregnancy, adoption, drug and alcohol addiction, abortion, and even death. There are discussions about ruptures in family relationships involving abusive relationships and serious sin issues, along with the difficulty people face in putting on a brave face and pretending to be righteous and that their lives are godly while there are a lot of serious and unpleasant issues being dealt with.Read more ›
Elisa Morgan is probably best known as the former president of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International, a nonprofit ministry, reaching over a million moms. For twenty-some years she served as a kind of "poster child" for the movement that promoted successful mothering and family values, while her own family experienced alcoholism, learning disabilities, legal issues, abortion, homosexuality, addition, teen pregnancy, infertility, adoption, divorce, and death. While she stood on platforms teaching mothering and family values, she worked to integrate her private world with her public world.
This is her story. She tells with honesty and compassion how her childhood family was a broken family and, as a result, she determined that her family would be a perfect family. It didn't turn out the way she expected.
She says: "There are many who are desperately in need of being set free from the guilt and confusion of the myth of the perfect family. . ." She seeks to destroy that myth.
The book reads as a memoir, detailing the "fractured family" of her childhood, her parent's divorce, her mother's alcoholism, her conversion to Christ as a teenager, her marriage to the stable and dependable Evan, who cannot father children due to a previous bout with cancer. Their children are adopted.
The book contains many lessons for families and individuals that are broken. Morgan points us to the love, forgiveness and freedom that is found in Jesus Christ.
Chapters on commitment, humility, courage, reality, relinquishment, diversity, partnership, faith, love, respect, forgiveness, and thankfulness, culminate in the final chapter on the beauty of the broken and "a beautiful broken legacy," lessons we can learn only through disappointment and brokenness.Read more ›
In her book, The Beauty of Broken: My Story, and Likely Yours Too, Elisa Morgan shares hope for those who have believed the "myth of the perfect family."
What I Didn't Like:
Actually, there was not a lot in this book I didn't like. However, within the introduction and beginning chapters she repeats the phrase "there's no such thing as a perfect family" frequently. I agree with that statement, and I am well aware that is one of the key points she is making with this book. Still, I feel she repeated the phrase so much that it lost its meaning.
Perhaps the only other thing I didn't like was how I felt she was sharing a lot about her daughter. I know what children go through also becomes part of the parent's life story--and I'm sure she received her daughter's permission before sharing--but it feels very personal. If I were her daughter, I think I would feel like I'd rather share my own story than have my mother share about my story. Though, I think I'm probably being a bit of a hypocrite here because when I share stories, often they include how other people have impacted me (including my family and situations related to my family). So, maybe I would have appreciated getting to hear some more from her children's perspective. I guess if they ever write a book, I'd be interested to read it.
What I Liked:
I appreciated her honesty.Read more ›
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There was a lot of scripture in the bible in it. It was more like a religious book explaining how all family are broken in some wayPublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
I love this book I just started reading this it is getting good there are parts that I can relate to and it is true no such thing as the perfect family I guess I am just waiting... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I originally thought this book would not speak to me because I am neither a wife nor a mother. However, the underlying lessons and teachings of this book are powerful. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle
jumped around a bit. made me realize everyone has their problems, even ministers families.Published 5 months ago by Barbara Coccia
Excellent for anyone who wants to understand the cycle of parenting and forgiveness.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer