Have you ever been broken? Felt like your brokenness would swallow you whole? Then you need this month’s top pick.
We truly want to help you. Help you win at work and soar in faith. At Working Women of Faith,our whole reason for existing is to equip you to do just that. Once a month, we’ll share a resource we’ve found that we think is the bomb. We don’t get receive any compensation or recognition for this, we just want to help.
God put this resource in my path (literally) just a few weeks after my Dad’s passing. A friend looked at me drowning in my grief and said, “It’s okay to let this break you.” Someone had given me permission to be broken. What a welcome and unexpected gift! So as I darted into the local Christian bookstore to quickly pick up a devotional for someone else in need, there it was, poised on an endcap and calling my name:
I bought the audio version first. I really didn’t think I was ready to concentrate on reading quite yet, but I could listen.
What I heard over the next few weeks as I listened was enough to bring healing and purpose to my brokenness. Since then I bought the print version of the book and the study guide because I need to go through this again at a deeper level.
Ann starts this journey to abundance with this quote from Paul Miller:
The very thing we are afraid of, our brokenness, is the door to our Father’s heart.”
Ann proceeds to take us alongside her in her own journey of brokenness, from a hurting child; to a friend’s death; to a health scare; to her own long broken heart. Along the way we learn truth from God’s word, and wrestle with how to live with our one broken heart, and how to find abundance through it.
If you have a broken heart or have ever experienced one, (and who hasn’t in this broken and messed up world) then you need to read this.
One of the many powerful truths I uncovered in this book was how our brokenness, given away to someone else in their brokenness is the key to the abundant life. If something breaks me, but I hold it behind a mask of false strength, it does nothing. But if, like that grain of wheat Jesus talks about, I let it die, it can bring forth much fruit.
Here’s a little excerpt from the study guide that explains it better:
Perhaps that’s how you feel: broken beyond redemption. Many of us do. It’s a lie. Broken, yes, we are broken, and we won’t be fully whole in this lifetime. But beyond redemption, beyond fruitfulness, beyond beauty, beyond an abundant life, no. No human person is so far gone that God can’t work in and through us if we let Him.
In fact, brokenness is His chosen way of working through us. God deliberately chooses broken people to be His vessels, and He calls us to be broken and poured out for others. As we follow Him step by step along the road before us, bad brokenness is broken by good brokenness.” (pp. 7, The Broken Way Study Guide)
I won’t sugarcoat it. This is a hard read. You will cry. You will hurt. But you will heal too as you let God meet you there in the middle of your broken, aching heart. Don’t be afraid to journey into those hard places with God. And Ann is a good guide to take you there. She is honest, and loving along this path of brokenness we all face, but with the ultimate goal of leading us into abundance.
To find out more about Ann Voskamp and her latest book, The Broken Way, a daring path into the abundant life (Zondervan, 2016) check out her website.