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The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life


Author: Ann Voskamp

ISBN-10: 0310318580
ISBN-13: 9780310318583

Publishing Date: October 25, 2016

Availability in London: Creation Bookstore.

Available in Hardcover and Paperback


Summary:

New York Times best-selling 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 - also a New York Times bestseller - 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. Reader Reviews (Courtesy Goodreads.)

Note ALL reviewers rated The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life 5 out of 5 stars! e Oct 18, 2016Steve Smith rated it it

Sarah Oyerinde gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
I first met Ann Voskamp in April 2010, after Ireti was born. I wasn't looking for a writer to read, or a ministry for my starving soul - although I needed both. I was looking for a writing outlet - a job, really. Money and purpose were driving me. Through a Google search I found the inCourage website and felt like I wanted to or could write for the website. And I wanted to get a feel for the kind of writing the curators published, and so I browsed the writers's bio page.

On that bio page, it was Ann's face (that exuded a holy, humble beauty) that struck me in the holiest parts of my soul - that is, in the Christ in me. Along with her, I took note of other writers whose blogs I wanted to take time later to read through. As a busy, stay-at-home-mom of two preschoolers and a newborn, when I did find time to sit down to read through those blogs, it was Ann's that drew me in most. The thing that moved me first and foremost about Ann's writing was that it fed my spirit. It fed my fellowship with God, and it fed my relationships with everyone else. And then as a writer and aspiring language arts teacher, it was her writing itself that got me next. I was super impressed with how she poetically weaved in her main topic throughout an entire blog post and then subtly brought it back into blaring focus at the end. And she had this way with allusion, alliteration, repetition, lists, and getting right down into the very real, dirty and beautiful heart of a matter. I kept her blog a secret for the longest time. It was too good to be shared out to just anyone and every-busy-body out there. But then eventually, I did share it with my mom, and a "knowing" friend. (You know the one I'm talking about - the one friend who knows and gets "it" - a "knowing" friend.)

Gratitude was the message that God was trying to penetrate my hardened heart with at that time and He spoke it to me as the main dish through Ann, and on the side by other means. It was the fish principle that finally broke me open and propelled me into the practice of gratitude. After that, I was disciplined in gratitude through Ann's gratitude reflections, which she would post on her blog usually once a week until she published her book, One Thousand Gifts. While I appreciated One Thousand Gifts, I must confess I so much more appreciated Ann's blog and social media ministry. For two or three years I followed Ann and learned much just by "watching" her online.

Ann later published a One Thousand Gifts Devotional, which I appreciated most because of its reflections on gratitude (like on her blog) that I can go back to and meditate on at any time - and I can do it offline. And that's really what I want to get at here, about Ann's writing. Her writing is the kind of writing that can be read over and over again because of the way it points back to Jesus Christ and the truths of the Bible - because of it's devotional nature - which is what I am most excited about with Ann's new book.

The Broken Way, which will be released tomorrow, is a book that I will go back to and read over and over again. In the book, Ann shares her story of realizing that living a broken life is the way to living a miracle life. It's when we allow ourselves to be broken - in essence, to be imperfect human beings - that we can then be put back together again. And we are put back together again only by Jesus Christ, who was broken and given for us.

Somehow, admitting our brokenness and allowing ourselves to be broken, and then holding on to Jesus in our brokenness and trusting that He will put us back together again - through His church or through whatever means He chooses - is the way to live free and whole and miraculously. God wants us to live a broken life before Him so that He can put us together and make us whole and complete, and that is the crux of the message of Voskamp's book. (That's the crux of the message of the Bible, no?) And that is why I will read The Broken Way again... and highly recommend it to my "knowing" friends and readers.

Wendy Macdonald gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
If you’re already a fan of Ann Voskamp’s writing, her latest book, The Broken Way, will satisfy all your expectations. Have a pen ready to underline and record phrases and sentences from every single page—and I’m not kidding. I loved this book for its wealth of wise words worthy of harvesting. Worthy of remembering.

Here’s one of my favorite treasures from page 270: He loves best those who need Him most.

The Broken Way broke a wall of hesitancy surrounding my heart. I hadn’t realized it was there blocking the fullness of Christ’s Light from flowing in and through me. Ann showed, through her own poignant examples, how critical it is to see and share in the brokenness of those around us and to allow trusted friends to see our brokenness, and be blessed, just as we’re blessed when we help them.

Broken is not bad when His goodness is invited into the wound.
God uses our brokenness for good if we’ll stop hiding it.

If you found Ann Voskamp’s first book challenging to read (due to her beautifully poetical writing), you’ll be pleased to find this book easier and just as lovely. However, it’s not a book for skimming. It’s deep; wise are we who mull over it and treasure its depth. I like surprises, so I won’t unveil any more of this gift, in the hopes you’ll unwrap it yourself.

Kristy Pinkley gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
Ann Voscamp has such a remarkable way with words. I've been a fan of hers since reading her book "1000 Greatest Gifts", & she delivers again with "The Broken Way." To me, in this book, she is telling us that in order to be like Christ, we have to be willing to be broken & sacrifice ourselves for others. We need to be willing to give of ourselves to the point of pain. "The reason we are here is to risk everything for those oppressed people over there outside the gate. You are where you are to help others where they are. This isn't a Christian's sideline hobby; compassion is our complete vocation.

We do not just care about people' caring is our calling." (p.202) She says to Be the GIFT (Give It Forward Today) always. It doesn't have to be big acts, like selling everything & moving to a 3rd world country. It can be small things, like paying for the person behind you at the drive-thru, making dinner for a sick friend, inviting neighbors to break bread with you...the sky's the limit. This book would be a great study to do with your small group especially because as I heard at church today, we can't be Christians alone. Each of us needs to help each other Be the GIFT. Highly recommend this book for reading!

Julie Woodman gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
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.

Jennifer LeBlanc gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
"Be brave and do not pray for the hard thing to go away, but pray for a bravery that is bigger than the hard thing."

Ann first changed many of our lives with One Thousand Gifts, and now she's back with The Broken Way. Honestly, I thought there was no way this book could be as good as her first. I was wrong. Every chapter I gleaned something amazing -- a golden nugget of wisdom, epiphany, healing, or perspective. Every chapter I thought, "This will be well worth the price for just that nugget." And then I would turn the page to the next chapter and find another priceless treasure. Each chapter. If you read and loved One Thousand Gifts, you will NOT want to miss The Broken Way. This book will change your life, if you let it. Ann will take you by the hand, assure you that your broken is not the end, and show you with her own story what to do with your brokenness. This will be a permanent part of my personal library. An instant classic in the genre.

Sarah Connatser gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
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.

Jenifer Metzger gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
Ann Voskamp reminds us of a Biblical truth in her new book The Broken Way. She says , "There is the truth: Blessed -lucky- are those who cry. Blessed are those who are sad, who mourn, who feel the loss of what they love, because they will be held by the One who loves them. There is a strange aching happiness only the hurting know -for they shall be held." As always, Ann has a beautiful, poetic way with words that reach right into your heart and grab you as she encourages you. In The Broken Way you will be encouraged to see your brokenness as a way to get closer to God. Along with the book, in her six session study guide and dvd, Ann asks questions that you cannot afford to ignore. Questions like how did you live your one broken life? What does it mean to cruciform and learn to receive? And what do you do if you really want to know abundant wholeness -before it's too late?

Erin Henry gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
I'm not sure what to make of this book. The writing isn't quite so distracting this time. The message is just as challenging. She tries to answer the question "What do you do with your one broken heart". She has lots is answers: give it away, share it, sacrifice yourself, live in communion, live a cruciform life. After reading it the books feels like a sad beautiful picture in my head but I'm not sure I have concrete advice. Parts of the book do feel extreme to me. They would appeal to people's martyr complex in an unhealthy way if not coupled with a healthy ego and boundaries. Yet, if you struggle with sadness, or brokenness, or just a case of wtf, I think it could be a helpful book.

Elizabeth Rosner gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
One of the gifts Ann Voskamp shares so apparently easily is her raw transparency. We've all walked a journey filled with both blessings and brokenness. At times, we may attempt to soothe our broken places with platitudes. In this book, The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life, it invites the reader into a depth that for me, was unimaginable. This path is not the one of least resistance, but it is the one that leads to abundance, not just a palliative band aid, but ABUNDANCE! One of my favorite parts was her discussion of Koinonia, "the fellowship of the broken sharing brokenness" (p. 173). This is a guide that will remain in my library, for me to visit like a dear friend.

Kerrie Schwandt gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
As usual Ann has some great insights! I've got a lot of highlighted paragraphs in this book about how to live when your heart is broken. I want to give this book a 3.5 star though because she is so descriptive and poetic i. Her writing it actually started to take away from the message. This style of writing is why makes her books so popular. But I found in this case I got lost a few times in it and forgot the focus of a chapter. More than once I because skimming over the paragraphs to get to the point of her story.

However she is vulnerable and honest in her writing. A book well worth the read!


Sarah Farish gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
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 unknown.

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.

Terry Felix gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
If you loved 1000 Gifts....
You won't want to miss Ann Voskamp's newest book filled with beautifully written vulnerable and wise words aimed at bringing the reader further along the journey to abundant life. Counting gifts...living with gratitude: not always easy, but life changing and desirable. Brokenness on the other hand, is something we fear and turn away from. In The Broken Way, Ann shares her personal, sometimes raw journey to embrace the broken, and offers encouragement to turn our own broken into a better way of living. The book includes a beautiful new dare you can take...to be the G.I.F.T. the perfect balm for hurting world.

Michele Kearns gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
I was blessed to be a part of Ann's Book Launch Team and read an advance copy of her book. It is very powerful and filled with experiences of Ann living the broken life and finding it filled with abundance. This book will change and challenge you as you read it. Ann says what is in the Bible but says it in a way that will appeal to people who do not read the Bible. Judging by how broken our society is, I would say a lot of people do not read the Bible for one reason or another. Hopefully Ann's book will help people help others with their broken lives and get people to read their Bible.

Joy Matteson gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
Stunning. Ann Voskamp's vulnerability and brokenness will challenge you, break you open, and give you more grace in the name of Christ. Why are people so afraid of brokenness? Why do we hide it? What is true strength? Her honesty is gripping, her struggle with remaining good-broken vs bad-broken is raw, real. She has a unique voice in Western Christianity--her words break down barriers and unify across Christian culture divides. Her words are beautifully chosen, as usual.

Such a needed book for so many broken people. I will be recommending it to many.

Courtney Stanford gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
Ann invites us on a journey to a compassionate, genuine, and abundant existence by living more vulnerably, embracing the broken pieces, and clinging to our God who shines light through the broken spaces. Her words are permission from someone beside us to be the gift to one another as we suffer together for His glory. This new perspective? This is just what my soul needed in this very season. The book is full of profound Biblical truth in the midst of a most authentic memoir. These words are a true gift. I highly recommend this book.

Wendy Hudson gave it 5 out of 5 Stars!
As much as I wanted to read this book in one sitting, the Lord had other plans. It was not a book to be rushed through. Ann's words resonated with me. Chapter after chapter had me in tears. Not sad tears but just tears of being able to feel her feelings, her hurt, her heart. She is so eloquent but so down to earth. I have read all of her books but this may be one of her best. We are all broken in some shape or form but it's what we do with that brokenness that makes us who we are. This is a book I will read again and recommend to many. Absolutely loved it.