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So much of life is paradox. Like, for instance, how the having is in the giving. Or, how abundance flows through generosity. And, as Ann Voskamp models in The Broken Way, how healing emerges from the shattering pain of brokenness.
Truth be told, we are all broken, yet few of us want our broken laid bare for all the world to see. Voskamp, with astonishing vulnerability, makes it safe for us by being the one to expose her cut lines, her cracks, and those moments when bad brokenness made way for good brokenness.
As is especially apparent right now, we live in a broken world. Yet, it is those things that break our hearts that provide us with the openings needed for a healing that can only come through union with other broken hearts.
In the introduction, Ann asks us this: How do we live with our one broken heart? This is a book that challenges us to take our time with that question. What else is time for if not for that?
Maybe what matters isn't what we want from the time we have to live... but what time wants from us. There is a time to be broken and given into all the world's brokenness.
With Easter fast approaching, I cannot think of a better time to reflect on what that means.
This book came to me when I needed it most and I know there is someone reading this who will feel the same way. A sure sign of an impactful reading experience, for me, is how much I write while absorbing a book. I filled an entire journal with notes, insights, reflections, and quotes.
Ann Voskamp's broken heart met up with mine through her exquisite way with words, her raw honesty, and her immense capacity for communion.
How do we live with our one broken heart? We live by giving it away. We live by connecting our broken to another's broken.
Brokenness is our unity... our common ground... our gift to one another.
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