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Posted August 9, 2013
Broken Things explores the subject of forgiveness. It delves into past hurts, broken family relationships, and disappointment. The general theme that nothing is impossible with God comes through clearly.I especially enjoyed the way the various hurting relationships developed throughout the book, that of Allie and Jack, Jack and his son, Allie’s past history of domestic violence, and Allie’s relationship with her half-sisters. The author brings two very different women together and leads the reader back through the years that links their pasts together. Allie is a memorable character who stands up for the rights of the elderly. She is instrumental in healing old wounds and knitting broken relationships. Her story is supported by strong characters who add drama and emotion to the novel. I recommend this book to readers who like to read about the healing power of God’s love and His ability to mend even the most shattered of broken relationships.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 1, 2013
Another great book. Andrea Boeshaar has done herself proud with this one. It's one of her older books, but still just wonderful. Have I ever mentioned I love being a book reviewer?
It's been thirty years since Allie's been to Chicago, but it's time. A consulting job at a hospital there provides another incentive. There are two stepsisters, two friends, and a man she left behind. It's time to heal some relationships she unceremoniously dumped so many years ago.
Some aren't so willing to mend the torn fabrics of the past, though. One stepsister is willing, but the other hurls snide remarks like knife-edged boomerangs. The guy she dumped is not so sure he wants to expose his heart to her again.
While Allie's walk with the Lord had deepened, Jack's had gone down the proverbial tubes. Her stepsisters both needed a dose of the Lord, too.
And then there is this woman at the hospital. She's dying. Alone. Two daughters, but they refuse to come see her. She seems determined to make everyone else as miserable as she is, so maybe it's no wonder.
Can Allie make a difference in their lives? Is there a way to heal the broken things, to bring Jesus into their pictures? Is this why God opened the doors for Allie?
Posted August 29, 2012
A wonderfully 'cleanly' written book about challenges and choices we make in life and the directions they often lead us.
All though this is slightly Utopian in nature it is more uplifting than depressing. It would also be a good book for book clubs with a variety of discussion topics.
Allie has an opportunity to reconnect with others from her past and re conciliate any wrongs.
Posted October 31, 2004
The first book of a wonderful series. We meet a woman with a past full of hurt and causing hurts. How can she make up for all she has done? Especially to the man she still loves? Jack wants nothing to do with the woman from his past who inflicted deep wounds in his heart. Nor with the God he thought loved him. But surrounded by a son in the ministry and the woman he led to the Lord, how can he keep his stand? And his heart? Excellent book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 27, 2004
Andrea Boeshaar writes stories that truly grip the reader¿s heart. In Book One of her Faded Photographs Series, entitled Broken Things, Boeshaar tackles real life problems in the lives of her fictional characters. She does not sugar-coat painful topics such as divorce, pre-marital sex and its tragic consequences, childlessness, shattered dreams, abysmal self-esteem, verbal and physical abuse, and terminal illness. This kind of story would be a real soap opera except for one vital ingredient: God. Through each heartbreaking situation, the author demonstrates God¿s love, care, and guidance for those who will only listen for His voice. But not every heartache is solved -- nor solved easily, and not everyone lives happily ever after. As in life, Boeshaar shows the hard consequences of wrong choices. A masterfully written story. Readers will come away feeling as if God has spoken directly to them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 10, 2004
Posted November 6, 2003
Boeshear's book allows readers an inside view of Christians struggling with real issues. Hurt and disappointment find healing. This book is a must read for people who've been rejected in love. EKWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2003
Anyone who has ever suffered through a broken relationship will find encouragement and comfort in Andrea Boeshaar's Broken Things, a story of hope for today's world. The characters are warm and genuine, and one cannot help rooting for them as the plot unfolds. I truly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 9, 2003
Hidden Things is a book that reflects the real struggles we all face from our past. Christian character development is real, the Gospel message is clear, and it's a 'touchable book' even for the person searching for faith. It's artfully written.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.