Friday, August 26, 2011

Stained Glass Hearts {Review}

Patsy Clairmont is a name well-known in Christian circles.  A co-founder and speaker for Women of Faith, her wit and humor have found their way into many of our lives.  I've only been to one Women of Faith conference, but Ms. Clairmont is a dynamic speaker and well-worth your time.

For a woman so engrained in Christian culture, I thought I knew what to expect from this book.

I was wrong.

Written with her typical wit and dry humor, Clairmont immediately hit me over the head with this truth:

"I'm so grateful for a light-bearing Savior who came to redeem me from my self-absorbed viewpoints and my broken glass perspective, lest I give in to my childish whims and miss my calling, my potential, and the opportunity to make legacy-bearing contributions." (pg 4)

and again just a few pages later:

"While you're here, I'll share my tattered life with its crashes and recoveries because I believe in community wellness; we each contribute to others by sharing our successes and most certainly our failures." (pg 7)

As I read through Stained Glass Hearts, I was amazed by Clairmont's ability to make truth so accessable, so lively, and yet, so real.  She writes in such a way that you feel like you're sitting across from a true friend.  With a gentle voice, she brings to light the beauty of a broken life.  An easy read, Clairmont makes you want to savor the meat of each word.  And as I savored, I heard myself audibly digesting her words with a satisfied "MMM!"

Stained Glass Hearts isn't about feel good theology.  It isn't a self-help book.  It isn't even about "pull yourself out of the pit" mentality.  Rather it's about perspective.  A change of lenses.  And a book that you will want to return to again and again.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Stained Glass Hearts from BookSneeze for review.  All opinions are my own.

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