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Finding Wholeness through Tears, Joys, and the Everyday
From the woman fighting cancer to the man who has lost his child to the girl sinking into depression, so many of us are engaged in daily battles as we long for healing. When he walked the earth, Jesus said to an unwell man, "Do you want to be made well?" His invitation stretched beyond physical healinghe sought to restore the soul. The same invitation stands for us today.
For anyone struggling on the journey toward wholeness, singer/songwriter Jenny Simmons offers a resting place and a friend along the way. With personal insight into emotional pain, she invites readers to encounter a God who is working out their restorationoften in surprising "half-baked" ways. Her humorous and inspirational prose lights a path toward wholeness. Anyone trying to find their way to spiritual, mental, and emotional healing will benefit from Jenny's vulnerable and compassionate stories of being made well in the midst of a messy life.
|Publisher:||Baker Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)|
About the Author
Jenny Simmons is a dynamic storyteller and lover of people who sees God's redemptive hand at work in the world around her. She is a sought-after musician and speaker who has garnered a devoted following on her blog (www.jennysimmons.com). As the lead singer of the former band Addison Road, she traveled the country performing alongside her husband, Ryan, for over a decade. Jenny and Ryan live in Nashville, Tennessee, with their daughter, Annie.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
“Made Well” by Jenny Simmons is a very inspirational read. Jenny focuses on the scripture where Jesus asked the unwell man, “Do you want to be made well?” She focuses on how Jesus was not only talking about physical healing but spiritual healing as well. Jenny shares her own personal struggles and tragedies in real life stories. These stories are very interesting and inspirational. This book is wonderful for anyone that is going through hard times or just someone who wants to be inspired in life. I highly recommend this book. Jenny Simmons is a wonderful author. She writes in a way that you feel like she is sitting right beside you. I received this book from Baker Books for my honest opinion.
Jenny Simmons, in her new book Made Well: Finding Wholeness in the Everyday Sacred Moments, reminds us that it’s not always the physical healing of being made well that Jesus is asking this man about, that we need. That sometimes the “broken things aren’t fixed here and now.” And that on occasion, “Miracles happen, cures are discovered, and seemingly impossible situations and relationships are redeemed and restored here and now. But even if they are not, my ability for wholeness is not diminished or stolen. Far beyond the curing of our bodies or the fixing of our temporal situations, God is in the business of making us well in completely other ways.” I constantly need this reminder- that even IF NOT, He is still good. He is still God and can make us well in ways we could never imagine. She shares her life’s journeys and the hardships she’s endured, and uses her story and the stories of so many others that she has met, to show us the divine intervention in everyday moments. How God has used an insignificant event, a song, a note, to show Himself in the midst of dire situations. As a mom, her words are balm to my weary, over-scheduled soul. She encourages us to not stretch ourselves thin- that, “we must learn to incorporate holy pauses in our day if we are ever to glimpse the healing that hides right beneath our noses. We don’t need a lavish vacation or trip around the world to seek healing, it can happen, “between breakfast and babies, lunch breaks and long lines, between raising children and rising careers, between momentous occasions and mundane living…” Words I need to tattoo on my person. When we seek healing in our instant gratification society, forgetting that sometimes, “healing looks like a slow dance, not an epic trip around the globe,” we are shortchanging our God and what wondrous things he can do across our lifetimes. I often look back at the struggles I’ve gone through. The moments when I thought I could not possibly go on. When I couldn’t feel him there beside me- like the old poem says, I can look back now and see that He was carrying me. And that He has set up divine appointments in my life again and again. Made Well is like an old friend. One you can laugh and cry with. Encouragement in the dark moments. A reminder that God uses so many people and situations in our lives, ultimately for good. If you’re struggling now- endure. “The truth us, we can go to the ends of the earth to seek healing, but some healing can’t be found through a hospital, medicine, a support group, or a therapist.So much of our healing happens when we come face-to-face with a God who shows up in closets, on long runs after the worst news of our lives, and in sanctuaries on our hardest days.” But, I also love that she includes that sometimes, on the flip-side, God DOES use therapists or medication to make us well. That there’s no shame in seeking help. This book is another on my must-read list. Truly helping us to find wholeness in the every day. Add it to your reading list- and go ahead and grab a copy for a friend who might need encouragement in her journey to be made well. *I received this book from Bakers Books in exchange for an honest review- all opinions are my own*
I lost my Father a couple of years ago - we were very close, in fact I moved here to be close to him. When I had a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest opinion I jumped on it. I thought oh sure this is really going to be good, grief is going to be helped in a book, or grief is going to be funny but let me tell you folks.....it is in this book. Jenny Simmons was able to make such a serious and heart wrenching topic funny at times but healing throughout. How often have you gotten a Non-fiction book and found yourself laughing? Yet they also make it a very serious subject - it isn't just a total joke fest.
This is my new favorite book. Made Well is about how healing often comes in unexpected ways….in the small everyday moments of life. This book is full of stories – stories that will make you laugh, and stories that will touch you so deeply that you will probably shed a few tears. All of the stories, though, are reminders of God’s love and faithfulness. What I admire most about Jenny Simmons is her willingness to be vulnerable. She bravely shares struggles from her own life and invites us into her journey of being made well. This book resonated with me so much that after reading it the first time (in less than 24 hours), I went back and read it again. I even bought multiple copies to give to friends. Each page is filled with words of truth that will bring hope and encouragement. Healing happens in unexpected ways, and for me, it happened while reading the pages of Made Well.
I read a lot of books. Some of them I like, some I love and a precious few of them I NEED. This is one of those books that I needed. I didn’t even know I needed it until I started reading it. Made Well, by Jenny Simmons, is like a soothing balm for hurting hearts. It’s a healing book. Jenny Simmons is a phenomenal writer whose words are filled with kindness and authenticity in such a beautiful way so that when you read them you feel like you’re already good friends. About this time last year I read Jenny’s first book, The Road to Becoming, and it was one of my favorite books of the year. I have been recommending it ever since! Her latest book, Made Well, is equally meaningful. In it, she shared personal stories of loss, grief and healing that touched my heart and made me cry. In her stories, I hear my own stories of loss and grief – things I thought I’d moved past only to realize that moving past something and healing from it are two very different things. There are so many layers to this book. Being Made Well is not just about how we were created in the beginning, although that’s part of it. This book is also about being re-created – about becoming well again after a period of hurt, pain, sickness, grief or shame. Jesus asks us, “Do you want to be made well?” Jenny points out that we have a choice. We can choose to stay unwell or we can take the hand of the Great Healer and walk with Him into wholeness. And there are so many ways to be healed. Not just the mountain top moments that restore our souls, but the daily little things that can bring healing to our hearts if we’ll purposefully seek out and soak up those moments. She talks about how to show up for others in their grief and how they will lead us in the best ways to love and serve them. She talks about how healing takes time and there are no short cuts or roundabouts even though we all desperately wish that there were. Jenny also talks about how we need to make peace with our “broken bits” and how that looks different for each of us, just like grieving and healing look different for each of us. As someone who has attended more funerals than the number of years I’ve been alive, I have more experience with loss and grief than I’d like to have. And it always seems like it comes in waves, doesn’t it? I suppose that’s grace too, though. The crest of the wave is always followed by the trough. There’s an up and down to it and the down is where the peace and healing come. After the wave, after the thing that threatens to wipe you out, comes the calm waters of healing. All of us need healing. From past hurts, from loss, from the ache of a soul that has forgotten how beautiful and worthy it is – healing is for everyone. If you want to find healing or wholeness, if you want to become well again or maybe even for the first time, I urge you to read Made Well, by Jenny Simmons. While Jenny is A healer, she is not THE Healer. But her words beautifully point towards the One who is. You won’t regret a single page. Disclaimer: I received a copy of Made Well from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.