The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life

The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life

by Ann Voskamp

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The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp

*New York Times Bestseller*

Not one thing in your life is more important than figuring out how to live in the face of unspoken pain.

New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts Ann Voskamp sits at the edge of her life and all of her own unspoken brokenness and asks: What if you really want to live abundantly before it's too late? What do you do if you really want to know abundant wholeness? This is the one begging question that’s behind every single aspect of our lives—and one that The Broken Way rises up to explore in the most unexpected ways.

This one's for the lovers and the sufferers. For those whose hopes and dreams and love grew so large it broke their willing hearts. This one's for the busted ones who are ready to bust free, the ones ready to break molds, break chains, break measuring sticks, and break all this bad brokenness with an unlikely good brokenness. You could be one of the Beloved who is broken—and still lets yourself be loved.

You could be one of them, one who believes freedom can be found not only beyond the fear and pain, but actually within it.

You could discover and trust this broken way—the way to not be afraid of broken things.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310318583
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 41,006
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ann Voskamp is the wife of one fine, down-to-earth farmer; a book-reading mama to a posse of seven; and the author of the New York Times bestsellers One Thousand Gifts, which has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into more than twenty-one languages, and The Broken Way.

Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, Ann knows unspoken brokenness and big country skies and an intimacy with God that touches wounded places. Millions do life with her at her daily photographic online journal, one of the top 10 most widely read Christian sites: www.annvoskamp.com

Table of Contents

1 What to Do with Your One Broken Heart 11

2 Re-Membering Your Broken Pieces 27

3 When You Want to Exchange Your Brokenness 39

4 How to Break Time in Two 53

5 Becoming the Gift the World Needs-and You Need 65

6 What's Even Better than a Bucket List 81

7 Love Is a Roof for All Our Brokenness 99

8 Why Love Is Worth Breaking Your Heart 113

9 The Miracle in Your Pocket That Breaks Stress 123

10 How to Passionately Love When Your Heart's Breaking 131

11 Breaking into Being Real 141

12 Breaking Your Brokenness 155

13 The Inconvenient Truth No One Tells You 163

14 Breaking the Lies in Your Head 179

15 How to be an Esther and Break a Thousand Gates 195

16 When It Comes to Wooing God and Healing Wounds 211

17 How to Find the Heroes in a Suffering World 223

18 Why You Don't Have to Be Afraid to Be Broken 243

Epilogue 267

Acknowledgments 273

Bible Translations Cited 276

Notes 277

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The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book can turn your twisted thinking around if you open your mind and heart.
Clint Stutts More than 1 year ago
Voskamp plagiarized material from feminist author Cynthia Occelli. On page 26 of the book (published in 2016), you'll find this: "For a seed to come fully into its own, it must become wholly undone. The shell must break open, its insides must come out, and everything must change. If you didn't understand what life looks like, you might mistake it for complete destruction." Now compare that to this quote from Cynthia Occelli in 2013: “For a seed to achieve its greatest expression, it must come completely undone. The shell cracks, its insides come out and everything changes. To someone who doesn't understand growth, it would look like complete destruction.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While One Thousand Gifts was all about eucharisteo, The Broken Way is all about koinonia. It looks into the act of communion, the brokenness and sharing that comes after the thanksgiving, the communion we can have with our Savior and the communion we can have with others. Ann wastes no time inviting the reader into her own brokenness as the very first sentence reveals her past struggle with self-harm. And from that first sentence to the last she shares stories from her life and lessons from Scripture that will definitely encourage, help, and comfort any reader. This message is indeed for everyone. But I don't think all will appreciate her writing style. She writes very poetically and in a stream of consciousness type of way. Some may find it distracting and some might miss the message because her writing style doesn't appeal to them. If you've never read something of Ann's, I would recommend reading some of her blogs or checking out her Instagram to get a feel for how she writes. I so hope you'll decide to read this book, but if you choose not to for whatever reason, I hope you hear the message of The Broken Way, that death always comes before resurrection, that you are not alone, that your story is needed, that Jesus sees and knows and understands and cares and provides, that you can give out of your brokenness. Personally, The Broken Way has been completely refreshing and so very helpful. It made me feel safe and helped me find beauty in my own scars. It gave me renewed confidence to be open with others and helped me see how to sit with others in the brokenness they face. I am better for having read this new grace-filled gift from Ann. Her very raw and real words and stories are nothing less than an offering to the Lord for His glory and for the encouragement of the Church and the good of the world. (I received a free copy of The Broken Way by the publisher for being on the launch team in exchange for an honest review and for promotion of the book.)
Sarah_Farish More than 1 year ago
In recent years the church’s cry from pulpit and page has been authenticity. Share your burdens, be real, don't act like you have it all together...after all, no one has it all together. And so we share. We tell our friends and small groups. Our Bible studies. We listen to the heartbreaking stories. We go into all the world and witness gut-wrenching realities. And now we can’t look away; we can’t unknow. Dropping the facade has revealed the brokenness. We now know about the silent suffering of our neighbor. We see hunger and homelessness; anger and addiction. Heaps and heaps of suffering and brokenness permeate our communities, our world. And we ask, Lord, how do we shoulder the shattered? Now that we know, what do we do? How can we live? If you’ve ever asked yourself, what do I do with this broken life? This broken world? Where is God? This book is for you. Ann beautifully and practically walks alongside you as you discover a new way to live: The Broken Way. It’s not easy or fluffy. It’s not a quick fix or self help. It’s taking a counter cultural dare to live a more abundant life. I can’t adequately convey how this book has changed my life and walk with Jesus. Every word will lead you closer to Him. In fact, my ministry team purchased 144 copies and gave them to missionaries serving in Honduras, and we are reading it with them. I hope you’ll take the dare to live the broken way.
woodmantwins More than 1 year ago
My review of "The Broken Way ": I discovered the magical, mystical writings of Ann Voskamp at a dark period in my life. Her book "1,000 Gifts " and the dare to count my gifts gave me life and hope and, dare I say it, joy, right there in my darkness. Seeing everything as eucharisteo gave me a new perspective. Since then I have read everything she has written. So I was overjoyed to hear that she was writing a new book, a sequel to "1,000 Gifts". "The Broken Way " is a beautiful book. A book to be read slowly. A book to be read with your heart and soul as well as your mind. Ann's words lead us to not only an acceptance of our brokenness but an appreciation for it. She shows us how our brokenness can be a gift to us as well as others. My copy of "The Broken Way " is filled with highlighted passages and underlined words and notes in the margins. Ann's words have changed my perspective and shown me how to be the gift to our broken world. I highly recommend everyone read and savor her words. If everyone did, the world would be a better place. #TheBrokenWay www.thebrokenway.com
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has traveled with me everywhere the last few weeks. As much as I have tried to finish it quickly, the Lord has helped me savor these challenging, healing, and wise words. I know I will read through this book again and find new pieces that speak to my brokenness. Thanks for sharing your brokenness Ann Voskamp!
MeganWright More than 1 year ago
"The Broken Way" is so rich, so deep, so enlightening. Ann has an inspirational, poetic way of writing that causes me to read slow and underline often, to soak up all the beautiful truth she speaks. This book has been an eye-opening part of my journey to finding the beauty of being broken. I am truly grateful to Ann for being bold and brave, for getting this book into our hands, for such a time as this!
RosalieM-TX More than 1 year ago
Raw. Transparent. Authentic. One of those books you’ll read, underline, write comments in the margins and keep so that you can refer back to it and read again. But you’ll buy additional copies to give away Ann genuinely shares her own brokenness and inner fears in an effort to answer the questions that haunts us all, “How do we live with our one broken heart? Is there a way to move forward and live abundantly with the brokenness within us?” In exploring that question, she shares very personal thoughts and fears that made me think she had worked her way inside my own heart and mind. In “One Thousand Gifts” (another life changing book that you should read if you haven’t already,) Ann explores Eucharisteo – thanksgiving, giving God thanks, being grateful each and every day. In “The Broken Way” she continues the eucharisteo theme of communion where Jesus, after giving thanks, breaks the bread and gives. That’s all I’m saying. Ann’s words are so much more poetic and penetrating than mine. Read it for yourself and see if you too are motivated to break down the walls of pride, fear, insecurity and inadequacy that have hindered me for way too long. From now on, I’m joining Ann’s daily challenge to live broken and given. #TheBrokenWay www.thebrokenway.com
canadiankaren More than 1 year ago
This will be a Christmas gift for many friends. In a world of prosperity, when you are asked to walk The Broken Way, it can be extremely lonely and many people meaning to do well, say well end up speaking arrows that pierce your heart, and make you feel like you are walking on shattered glass. Ann shares from the rawness of her own life, allowing herself to be fully transparent with the pieces of her broken heart in only ways that Ann can share. If you are walking a broken road, if you know someone that is, or even if everything on your current journey is sunshine and apple pie. Pick up a copy of this book today, or gift it to a friend that needs to know God is in the business of making beautiful mosaic's of our broken pieces. You will finish this book knowing the road may be difficult, but your are loved by a God that sees you, hears you, grieves with you, but also shows us the way to heal.
michelemorin More than 1 year ago
Six years ago, Ann Voskamp took the dare to dive deep into a lifestyle of gratitude. Could she record one thousand gifts from God and let her heart be changed by the knowledge of all the ways that God loved her? She wrote about the dare in her first book, and suddenly the Greek word for thanksgiving, eucharisteo, was on everyone’s lips. In 2012, I began my own gratitude journal. By Thanksgiving Day, I will have recorded my five thousandth gift, so the release of Ann’s book about another dare is timely for me, especially since I recently heard Katelyn Beatty’s quip on a CT podcast that writers should “go vulnerable, or go home.” Without a doubt, The Broken Way jumps into the deep end with Ann’s memory of cutting her own skin with shards of broken glass as a young woman, her own makeshift release valve for all the anguish that had nowhere else to go. This latest offering chronicles Ann’s living her way into the answer to the question we all ask from time to time: “How in the world do you live with your one broken heart?” Her answer? “You give it away.” This is a strong argument, because hurting people are not interested in hearing about anyone’s “perfect” life. They are not encouraged by the knowledge that I’ve checked off every single item on my to-do list (I haven’t) — or that my boys all do their chores without complaining. (They don’t). They want to hear about how I handle disappointment and about all the times I have had to apologize to my kids for losing my temper. Offering up my own brokenness kills perfectionism and opens the way for a true communion in Christ — who redeems everything. When gratitude has paved the way to acceptance and peace, but the broken world rubs up against the rough edges of your own broken heart, the broken way, the cross-shaped life, becomes the way of abundance: “If eucharisteo had been the first dare, the first journey of discovery into a life of letting God love me and counting all those ways, could this be a dare for the next leg of the journey, the way leading higher up and deeper in, daring me to let all the not-enough there in my open hands – let it be broken into more than enough? A dare to let all my brokenness — be made into abundance. Break and give away. The broken way.” The truth is that relationships on this planet are a matter of the broken reaching out to the broken, and Ann’s message tumbles out in a series of personal stories supported by poignant metaphors: We remember Christ in communion, and in coming together around His broken body, we affirm that we are a “remembering people,” and in the gathering, our own broken hearts become re-membered. One day, on a whim, Ann picked up a pen and inked a cross over the scars on her arm. Daring to live a cross-shaped life reveals that the “bad brokenness is broken by [the] good brokenness” of Jesus’ sacrifice. The Beatitudes gently reinforce this beautiful truth about an Upside-down Kingdom: dare to be poor in spirit, to mourn deeply over your sin, to meekly come to Jesus with a hunger and thirst that can only be satisfied with His righteousness. An old blue Mason jar full of wheat kernels becomes an image of our span of life, our one container of days. Just as the grain must first be broken before it becomes bread, “the way to break time’s hold on me is to be broken,” to live an inconvenient life in which I may be called upon to be sown into the broken ground of another of God’s image-bearers.
JennieChamelin More than 1 year ago
As in her first book, One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp grabs you right out of the gate with her new book The Broken Way. Ann’s intense vulnerability draws you in immediately. The first line lets the reader know this is not your typical, feel good, “10 steps to a happy life” book. The chapters are filled with rawness, guttural responses, and true humility that take us on a journey to find love and peace. Ann calls out the Church, she calls out Christians, in the most gentle of ways. How do we love one another? How do we truly live broken and given. Ann draws the reader to a deeper relationship with Christ by pointing us to the Eucharist, calling us to true communion with one another, showing us how to live as GIFTers and that we don’t have to be afraid to be broken. This book is a gift.
JJacksonLinck More than 1 year ago
Ann has such a unique writing style. Her words challenge me. They make me stop and think. I have to read her books slowly; stopping often to allow Truth to sink in. Ann writes, And our weaknesses can be a container for God’s glory. I love this image. I have watched God turn my own brokenness into abundance. I have seen Him take the hard, messy parts of my story and use it for His glory. This book will bring hope to those who believe their brokenness can’t be used for something glorious. It’s a challenge to live a life overflowing with thanksgiving. It’s a reminder that we can change the world by small, simple acts of love.
LynnMosher More than 1 year ago
This book is so beautiful. It is not to be read; it is to experience. To run smack into. To breathe in Ann’s vulnerability and transparency. To allow your heart to open and breathe out brokenness. To savor. To soak in the comfort. To highlight a thousand passages and then some. To read again and again. And with plenty of tissues.
Mei_Au More than 1 year ago
Truly a magnificent work of poetic prose and beauty. Ann's depth of introspection causes the reader to look at his/her own brokenness and bring it into the Light of Christ's suffering for us. She vulnerably shares her own stories of brokenness and as a result, beautifully demonstrates how our willingness to share our hurts, pain and suffering can be the healing so many of us need. We become a gift to another person's brokenness. The miracle, however, is that in the process of our vulnerability and honesty, Christ heals our brokenness and our broken hearts. Ann's words have an amazing way of speaking directly into our aching, tired, rejected souls. She beckons you to join her in the Light of Christ's healing grace. She challenges us to live our lives as a gift to others - just small, little things we can all do to make the world a better place. THIS, is how the world will know we are Christians, BY OUR LOVE!
DarleneLTurner More than 1 year ago
Do you feel defeated? Useless? Broken? Then you’re in the right place. The Broken Way is a heartfelt book that will show you God uses the ugly places and makes them beautiful. Perhaps our hearts were made to be broken as that’s where wisdom begins. How can that be? Can we really count all the brokenness in life as good? Will it strengthen us to become stronger? The author takes us through her struggles and how she’s turned them into beautiful, yielding wheat. There is hope in the hopelessness. I struggled on how to review this book and give it justice. When I finished reading it, one word came to mind. WOW. Then another word. POWERFUL. Ann Voskamp has such an amazing way with words. She uses story, biblical truths, and her own hurts to share the message of brokenness to us. She brings us into her family, sharing her deepest thoughts and woes to help us see there is communion with God in the brokenness. Will we acknowledge it? I love her imagery throughout the book. It brings the message to life on the pages beautifully. My jaw dropped a few times in awe of how she threads it throughout the chapters. Her use of the inked cross on her wrist makes me want to wear my cross with pride and shout from the rooftops. It’s more than a simple symbol of faith. What will we do with our one broken heart? If I could give The Broken Way more than five stars, I would. It’s one of those life-changing books. When you finish reading it, you will feel breathless. You can’t read this without feeling touched in some way. I guarantee it. Pick up a copy today. Invest in your beautiful brokenness. **Book has been provided courtesy of Zondervan and Blog About in exchange for my honest review. The Broken Way Study Guide with DVD will be available in December.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ann's new book is an unveiling of her heart and an invitation to be your real self in a world where most people are trying to keep up with the expectations they place upon themselves as they look at other 'perfect' families/wives/moms/etc. on social media feeds. She reminds us that God does not want us to be perfect in order to come to Him, but that He desires our truest, broken selves. He longs for us to bring Him every hurt, every crushed dream, every feeling of disappointment and of not measuring up. He understands what it is to be broken because He came as a man and allowed Himself to be broken for us. It is in the breaking that we become multiplied, the kernel of wheat fallen and broken open that multiplies into fields of wheat for the harvest. As Brene Brown has told us numerous times that vulnerability is the key to sharing our hearts and being truly known, Ann reminds us of the process throughout each chapter of this book. She tells us her own story of being broken, shares her heart vulnerably so that we know we are not alone, reminds us that none of us is perfect or has it altogether, that in revealing and acknowledging our brokenness, we find communion with one another, we find joy in the midst of suffering because we know we do not suffer alone, and we find that it is the broken places that He mends and fills to make us whole. I recommend this book for every woman, wife, momma, sister, daughter, that feels like she is never good enough, that longs for transformation into the image of Christ, that is searching to feel whole again.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Broken Way is one of those rare books that's meant to be read and savored more than once and shared with others. Ann Voskamp has penned a vulnerable and beautiful read that touches the heart and soul. I don't believe anyone can read The Broken Way and not be touched in the deepest parts of themselves. It's an absolute gem!
HeatherLillie More than 1 year ago
Ann's books have been so timely to the season of life I find myself in when they are released. When I first read Ann's best seller, One Thousand Gifts, I was newly married and enjoying my first baby. Life was fairly simple and pretty pleasant, but of course the human heart can always find something to groan over. One Thousand Gifts was an eye opening and soul stirring call to see the myriad of gifts God places in front of me, every single day in a thousand different ways. The Broken Way comes these 5 years later and finds me 2 more kids in, further along on this hard journey called life and a little busted up by this world that seems to just be falling apart around me. Particularly this year has been a tough one- I have tasted the bitterness of a death in the family, I have leaned in to the ongoing pain and struggles of several close friends and family members and I have felt broken and overwhelmed by it all. Then Ann comes along, a fellow introvert prone to melancholy and anxiety, and Asks the question, "What do you do with your One Broken Heart?" and she boldly claims "Not one thing in your life is more important than figuring out how to life in the face of unspoken pain." And then she proceeds to vulnerably and eloquently bare all the broken of her own heart and takes us on a journey to find the broken way to the abundant life. Ann is a writer unparalleled- Her voice and style are distinctively her own and she's found a faithful following with it. I love her glimpses into her family's life on their Canadian farm, around the dinner table. I appreciate that Ann comes to her readers as an "I'll go first and maybe you can relate, maybe the Lord can help us figure out something here" rather than an authoritative "teacher's" tone. Ann hits on so many anxieties and avenues of brokenness in so many relationships and areas of life and helps us to see how God can and will use them all for His glory. It hit me hard when she speaks of how of course we would have to die a thousand deaths every day to truly be Christ's to truly love and serve others- there is no place for the flesh in it at all, there is no place for selfishness, it must go. She goes on to remind us that God equips us to be and do all that he calls us to. " Christ in me makes me enough. I have more and become more, the more I pour out." There is so much to glean and ponder on in this book-this is a glass of cool water to parched and exhausted broken souls, and that is because Ann points us to the True Life Giver, the Gospel and our Redeemer. I received a copy of this book from Zondervan Publishers.
E_P_Hale More than 1 year ago
The Broken Way is a game-changer, pure and simple. Ann Voskamp's new book is a brave invitation to stop living behind the mask of "I'm fine" and start sharing our broken stories with one another. She's offering the gift of honesty, the blessing of "realness" in a world that increasingly values the appearance of perfection over the grittiness of truth. Woven in the poetic word-pictures Ann is famous for, this book challenges us to have the courage to look suffering straight in the face, embrace the broken path we all walk, and most importantly risk a broken heart for the sake of Love. In doing so, our hard stories have the potential to become gifts to a broken world that needs God's love so desperately. Simply stated, we find redemption in turning our brokenness into "GIFTedness," in living a cruciform life that reflects the willingness of Jesus to be broken for the sake of others. The Broken Way is beautiful and convicting...it's a book to share with others and one that will break you in all the right ways.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are books so deep and rich that they are life changing. All of Ann's books fall into this category. A Thousand Gifts, The Greatest Gift and now, The Broken Way are filled with such profound insights that the reader can help but be bettered as they soak up the wisdom of her words. I am not the same because of Ann's books and I am so thankful she continues to share her gift with us.
Lisa_Ingelse More than 1 year ago
As Saint Augustine once said, "You are to pay special attention to those who by accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you." And, one of those Divine 'accidents' is the bumping into of soul and heart and breath with Ann Voskamp's words. These words, ones that will linger, and settle, and permeate are a communion that fills in the cracks with His light. They seal with healing, and at the same time break you open for a pouring out that is Life Itself. As with her blog, "A Holy Experience", or with her other books, especially "One Thousand Gifts", Ann Voskamp's newest, "THE BROKEN WAY: A DARING PATH INTO THE ABUNDANT LIFE", takes you by the hand and walks you Home straight to the authentic heart of Jesus. (Notice I say 'Home'. You aren't there as a guest. You don't have to stress or get dressed up. You simply come Home, real and as you are. And there you can sit together over a cuppa grace and share your secret Truths.) This book is a get-your-own-copy kind of treasure. It's one you will want to write your own story in the margins all the way through, underlining, and exhaling many a "yes, yes, yes!" into the dog eared linen pages. Ann? If you're reading this, thank you. Thank you! It's so good to curl up at Jesus' feet again with you. ~Lisa Ingelse
lindaloodle More than 1 year ago
As I read this beautiful book, I am drawn further and further into the ministry of Jesus. He came for the oppressed and the needy and the sick and the tired. He came to give Himself upon the Cross for all of us. Ann Voskamp writes of being the gift to those we encounter in our walk upon this earth, on the path that God has set for us. By being the gift, we give with our open hands, not closed fists and fearful. We can become less needy and less sick and less oppressed and less tired because we are giving of ourselves from the heart molded by God and through the Gift of Jesus. I highly recommend this powerful and insightful new book of bestselling author, Ann Voskamp. I have been so blessed to be on the book's launch team. WOW!!
5643437 More than 1 year ago
Ann Voskamp has written an amazing and heart-wrenching book. She illustrates how God can use our brokenness to touch others. She shares her vulnerabilities to help demonstrate our need to recognize our weaknesses and broken spaces can be sources for God's strength to shine through. I strongly recommend this book to everyone. It is definitely worth reading.
Sarah823SP More than 1 year ago
Ann Voskamp shares her thinking about how broken she is, and how she finds abundant life through: wonders, thoughts, concepts, and her life. She connects those to her deep relationship with God and biblical concepts/scripture. She mixes testimonials from her life with word studies that show the Greek or Latin root word meaning of key themes like the Eucharist, koinoina, stego, anamesis, passion, emotion, interruption, ... to explain how she is building her thinking and wonders in the truth. In other words in the giving thanks, communion living and loving, we find safety in the thatch roof of God's love, as the beloved, given and received. And we learn to live and thrive as broken, suffering gifts because God in His gift of the Lord Jesus shows us how to live abundantly focused on the cross. She explains how she recognizes how hard it is to be surrender/given to others, but that how learning to live in given love is the secret to happiness, contentment, real joy. Even though it leads her on a path that involves sacrifice, surrender, suffering the benefits are miraculous. She finds freedom from fear, anxiety, worry, her feelings as she learns to re-member and break free and be REAL in who she is broken and all. This book shows how her spiritual growth unfolds and shares in ways anyone can relate too. It's challenging, encouraging, and a book I will read over and over again. She approaches life with therapeutic concepts applied in biblical thinking. Helping us all focus on truth over the lies that muddy our choices. Thoughts of worry, anxiety, failure, not enough, doubt, loneliness, alone, abandonment, fear, ...all brokenness can be magnified when given to God. "Feelings are meant to be fully felt and fully surrendered to God." #thebrokenway Blessed to read a pre-release copy, all opinions are my own-I'm not required to love the book- I just do!
Anh More than 1 year ago
The Broken Way is amazing in that it gives the reader the permission to not be alone in brokenness. It gives those who have gone through hurt, who are going through pain, to know that there is at least two others, one Divine and one mortal, who knows what it is like to be in the dark place of pain. Yet be able to come through it and then use it as holy gift for others! A must read! Kindness lies between these pages. A true balm for the heart