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As CEO of a high-profile, Christian-based parenting organization, Mothers of Preschoolers, Morgan has operated for more than 20 years as an authority on parenting and spiritual transformation. At one time, however, she faced the prospect of having no children of her own due to her husband’s health issues. The couple opted to adopt children, a girl and a boy. Despite Morgan’s commitment to responsible parenting and Christian values, her children have faced difficulties assumed to be more common in dysfunctional families: teen pregnancy and substance abuse. By revealing her family’s personal challenges in highly readable accounts, Morgan shatters the myth of the perfect family. She also provides convincing testimony that accepting imperfection provides the surest means for fostering enduring love. This book offers relief and assurance for imperfect parents everywhere. --Susan DeGrane

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.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0849964881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0849964886
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,422 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of those many books that is largely written by women, for women, and about women. In particular, this book is similar to the Ragamuffin Gospel in that it celebrates the brokenness of people and especially families as a result of this wicked and sinful world. My feelings about the approach of the book are rather mixed. On the one hand, it is very laudable that this book is so open and honest about the life history and struggle of the author and the author's family (hopefully they approved of the openness of the authoress, as that is not always something that can safely be taken for granted when one writes about the subject matter of this book). On the other hand, though, it can be too easy to wallow in the brokenness rather than to strive for God to help us become whole through His Spirit. This book at least strives to keep that balance, even if it does tend to lean towards the direction of a liberal and wishy-washy approach to godliness and the demands of the holiness of God's law out of a desire to be loving. This is an understandable bias, but not one I entirely agree with.

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.
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By Elisa Morgan
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.
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I am twenty-two, just graduated college. I am not a parent, I've never been pregnant, and I don't have any kids. How could I possibly relate to a story written by Elisa Morgan, mother and former CEO of MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International? While I cannot relate to specifics, I can relate to brokenness. In fact, I think we all can.

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.
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