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How to Fix a Broken Record: Thoughts on Vinyl Records, Awkward Relationships, and Learning to Be Myself Paperback – November 7, 2017
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Amena Brown is an author, spoken word poet, speaker, and event host. The author of five spoken word albums and two non-fiction books, Amena performs and speaks at events from coffeehouses to arenas with a mix of poetry, humor, and storytelling. She and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, reside in Atlanta, GA.
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I remember my grandma once tried to give me a perm at home and it ended up burning my scalp and the nape of my neck. I looked like a brown poodle who had just got into a street fight. She was so proud but I knew she was scared to hurt me again. We visited Rosita’s Salon every other time after that for the next three years. Then, I graciously grew out of it (and so did grandma).
Amena touches on growing up with strong female role models, saving herself for marriage, dismantling the lies of “not good enough,” and choosing a great hair stylist amidst it all.
There is no rock bottom, no personal disaster, no amount of utter failure where Jesus doesn’t walk with us (Brown).
Amena interweaves the theme of hip hop songs and broken records throughout her book. As often as we fixate on what is wrong in our lives, it begins to sound much like a broken record. Amena’s attention to this universal idea of broken records leads us to find hope within these pages.
Sometimes God wants us to sit in relationship with Him more than he wants us to try to figure Him out. How to Fix a Broken Record takes us on a journey through Amena’s past to show us how those experiences helped shape who she is through the love of Jesus Christ.
God doesn’t write fairy tales, but he is always writing a good story (Brown).
You’ll want to pick up this book. It’s a perfect gift for friends and loved ones as they navigate their faith journey. I’m so glad I had the privilege of reading an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. It’s also been a real privilege to listen to her podcast and hearing the how these stories manifested. The podcasts episodes also continue the conversation from the book. It’s a real treasure. Check it out.
If my memory is correct (which you never know these days), I first heard Amena Brown speak a few years back at IF:Gathering in Austin. Among many things, she’s a spoken word artist and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing from her at the conference.
Fast forward a few years and I’m so excited that she’s released another book and, that I get to share it with y’all! Sharing bits of her life, Brown reminds readers of important truths we can hold on to as believers. She’s honest, vulnerable and reading it felt like we were having coffee (tea for me) and chatting about all the things. There were several quotes that grabbed me on a variety of topics, but I’ll share this one.
“God understands the power of no. He is not a constant Yes God. Sometimes when God says no, it will hurt. It will sting. I will beg God to explain. Sometimes He never gives an explanation. In other moments, time will be the greatest explainer of all. Sometimes we ask God for things and He says no because He knows we can’t handle what we’re asking for. Because He knows what we’re asking for isn’t His best for us. Because it isn’t time. Because it isn’t good. Because God always knows better than we do.”
Truth! If you enjoy non fiction, make sure you add this to your pile!
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(Thank you to Zondervan for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.)
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