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The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life Hardcover – October 25, 2016
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What you need to know about Ann Voskamp: after the stunning success of One Thousand Gifts, she has chosen to decline the mantle of spiritual guru and instead to become even more intimately vulnerable. In this book, she helps us slow down, stop time, and allow gritty faith to penetrate, expose, and bring the hint of healing to the mess of daily life. For all imperfect people---in other words, for all of us---she offers a compassionate and wise way forward to help navigate our broken world. (Philip Yancey, editor-at-large, Christianity Today)
In The Broken Way, a deeply personal revelation, Ann Voskamp leads us on a journey toward embracing and celebrating the brokenness in each of us. The passionate words that pour from her soul will make you weep and shout hallelujah at the same time. (Kay Warren, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California)
There are only a handful of authors in the whole world who I try to find and read every last word they’ve ever written. Ann Voskamp is one of those. The Broken Way is no exception, as Ann does what she does best---articulating the incredible grace of Jesus in a profound way that makes all of us go YES! but had no words for before. This must-read book will give life to any weary soul. (Jefferson Bethke, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus > Religion and It’s Not What You Think)
Ann Voskamp is convincing that there is nothing broken that cannot be restored by making the living Christ present. She provides a stunningly fresh treatment of a subject so often littered with clichés. My favorite phrase is, “Fight back the dark with doxology . . . doxology can detox the day.” (Eugene H. Peterson, emeritus professor of spiritual theology, Regent College, Vancouver, BC)
I read The Broken Way with tears streaming down my face, my spirit crying out, “YES, YES, YES, YES!” Few authors have impacted my own life like Ann Voskamp. If we can live out the truth contained within The Broken Way, I believe we will reach and impact our generation like never before. So powerful. So prophetic. So profound. Please read this book. (Christine Caine, founder of A21 and Propel Women)
The Broken Way is the most honest and beautiful healing balm for an aching heart. The authenticity and grace from which Ann Voskamp writes are refreshing and life-giving. This book is a true gift from God! (Lysa Terkeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries)
Ann Voskamp’s skill with words, her tenderness with hearts---it is incomparable. Life can leave us looking for an exit, a window. Ann has a hand on the curtain. She has a way of releasing light, just enough to chase shadows and give hope. (Max Lucado, pastor and bestselling author)
Most of us want to run away from our brokenness. Ann Voskamp runs right into it, sharing the shattered pieces of her own life to help us acknowledge the shards we may be sifting through. Ann helps us see God’s good purpose in all of it, and how He guides us, not around the pain, but through it. Beautifully written, The Broken Way offers a generous measure of hope, filled with Ann’s tender honesty and God’s powerful truth. (Liz Curtis Higgs, bestselling author of Bad Girls of the Bible)
In the way only she can, Ann Voskamp invites us to discover that the whole life begins in our brokenness. Ann knows what it means to be broken. She knows what it means to have scars. This isn’t her theory; it’s her heartbeat. Lean in to this book, and listen for it. (Lauren Chandler, singer/songwriter and author of Steadfast Love)
Ann Voskamp penetrates the soul with words that arrest us, convict us, and compel us to the arms of our Father. Ann Voskamps come along once in a generation. We best pay attention. (Gabe Lyons, author of Good Faith)
About the Author
Ann Voskamp is the wife of one fine, down-to-earth farmer; a book-reading mama to a posse of seven; and the author of the New York Times bestsellers One Thousand Gifts, which has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into more than twenty-one languages, and The Broken Way.
Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, Ann knows unspoken brokenness and big country skies and an intimacy with God that touches wounded places. Millions do life with her at her daily photographic online journal, one of the top 10 most widely read Christian sites: www.annvoskamp.com
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A logical progression from Ann's first book, The New York Times best-selling "One Thousand Gifts," this new book answers the question "How do you live with your one broken heart?"
Let me pause here to say that I am probably one of the few men who have read this book. This doesn't give me any more credibility than anyone else, but it does provide a rarer perspective on this book. Ann has struck a chord with women because she writes so vulnerably and openly about pain, loss, grief, and the thousand trials and joys of home life. Our culture--to its loss--seems to discourage men from probing their emotions, evaluating their relationships, or spending reflective time considering the state of their heart and their soul. This is a tragedy which can be overcome one man at a time.
"The Broken Way" is not just for women and it is not just for stay-at-home parents--it is for anyone who has experienced brokenness; anyone who needs to learn how to live with a broken heart, not just limping through life, but living joyfully and abundantly. It is for anyone who believes that Christ is the Great Physician and that He Himself is our peace. It is for both women and men.
I read widely and this is one of just two or three books which has helped me to change the way I live even while I'm still reading it. Ann's combination of storytelling, theology, practical application, and winsome vulnerability provide just the right combination to move readers past their own broken patterns and into a new way of thinking and living. I have already started to implement some of her wise advice about a broken life being a given life, and through that sacrifice of giving--through the cruciform way of giving away your one broken heart--your life becomes more whole, more rich, more abundant, more eternal. It is the way of Jesus. It is the way of the cross. And it is for every Christian, man or woman.
Some of my favorite quotes are from chapter 6, entitled, "What's Even Better than a Bucket List":
“Experiencing the whole world will not fill your bucket like experiencing giving yourself, and finding the meaning that will fill your soul.” - p.92
“What if living the abundant life isn’t about having better stories to share but about living a story that lets others live better?” - p.92
“Live for something worth dying for.... Don’t waste a minute on anything less than what lasts for all eternity.” - p.95
Thank you, Ann, for giving yourself away in order to bless broken readers like me, whether men or women.
I highly recommend this book for you and for anyone in your life that needs help healing and encouragement. Ann brilliantly and poetically crafts profound and inspiring words in a way that pierces and comforts your heart all at once.
However, there are shining passages that I will be digesting for some time. It's totally worth slogging through pages of disconnected rambling to find those shiny gems.
"And let us continue to consider how to motivate one another to love and good deeds, ISV Heb. 10:24." What the author has done is to be obedient to the words of this Scripture.....She has carefully contemplated how to best express that which God has shown her to those of us who struggle in like manners. "To Love" is an action verb...love demands a response--and it is rarely an easy one. But Ann has taken to heart God's call to her to encourage her brothers and sisters to die daily and to allow the love of Jesus flood and consume and erupt from these wounds into the bleeding culture around us---even in the church.
In my studies this week, God has led me in paths that I feel are common to Ann's experiences---her book's wisdom has become intertwined in my heart with the Scriptures God has been pointing out to me---everywhere I turn. And I KNOW all this will result in changes in my attitude toward others--and in my resistance to experiencing the fullness of God's love for me. Maybe I will have to write another book to chronicle all this more completely :)
Anyway...I believe it would be impossible for anyone reading this book to come away unchanged. Bring your brokenness. Sit down with a cup of tea, your Bible and this book and let it grow you in places that have maybe been stagnant and scarred over.
Thank you Ann for considering us and prompting us to love and good works.
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