Sunday, March 24, 2013

Book Review: Mended by Angie Smith

This book was a delightful surprise in every sense.

First off, it was a birthday present from my dear, dear friend K. I love the story of how she came upon it: she stood in the Lifeway store and prayed for what book to get me. As I will go on to explain, it is blatantly evident that the Lord was in on her getting this book for me.

When I first got Mended, I was in the middle of a nightmare semester for me academically, emotionally, and spiritually. My life was an utter mess and I felt like I was grasping at air in my attempts to hold onto any semblance of normal. This book could not have fallen in my lap at a better time.

Her story of the loss of a child might not at first appear similar to the disastrous semester I was having, but the words on ever page transcended specific situations and spoke to me in powerful ways.

I cried. I laughed. I struggled.

The words were a comfort in reminding me of the love of my Savior even when it was painful. I was challenged to deepen my faith in the midst of not hearing from God in the ways I wanted. The timing of me reading the chapters and how it related to my own life made me bust out in fits of giggles multiple times.

I even went back and bought K her own copy.

I started to write a review, and ended up writing about moving forward in life.

Needless to say, this book taught me to look beyond my tired state of life and place my life into the waiting hands of Jesus to be mended.

Disclaimer: The opinions expressed are entirely my own, I'm not being paid in any way to review this book.

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