How in all this world do you live with your own broken heart?
– Ann Voskamp
BE THE GIFT BOOK REVIEW:
Who has, or had, a New Year’s resolution? This year, I made a commitment to read one book a month. Not a lot to some, but I had fallen out of the habit of regular reading. I knew a small goal would be the way to go.
BTW- On month three and I am doing good with my goal. Small can be the way to go sometimes.
To help me, I asked for some books for Christmas.
I saw this book, Be The Gift, by Ann Voskamp, at Barnes & Noble and thought it looked interesting. At first, I thought it was a book on random acts of kindness as I had just glanced at a few pages.
The Mister decided to pick it up for me for Christmas and…… it wasn’t there. He asked an employee if there were any more copies and the employee said there didn’t appear to be any but would check anyways. Lo and behold, the employee searched and found just one – meant to be.
I was already leaning toward giving as my word of the year so I decided this would be my January book.
AND LET ME JUST SAY – WOW!
Have you ever read a book and feel like you will never be the same? This was one of them.
I started reading it without a notepad….BIG MISTAKE! I had to start over so I could capture all the golden nuggets. Now, my notepad is pretty much a copy of the book – so many pearls.
The tagline is …..let your brokenness be turned into abundance.
Hmm….make the most of your situation??? That sounds right up my alley. Plus, if you know some of our struggles, this couldn’t have come at a better time. I needed to have a new perspective on the struggles we are facing.
To me this book really highlighted taking whatever hardships, heartache, brokenness we have and help others (gift). Plus, in the process of using it, we find purpose and meaning in our own lives-abundant living.
Since I have so many quotes it’s hard to know what to share, but I’ll pick out a few~
Even in the depths of our own brokenness – actually, because of the depths of our own brokenness – God can use each of us to be a gift to another broken heart. He makes us enough, makes our brokenness into abundance, to give to the broken-hearted.
Bad brokenness is broken by good brokenness.
Five random acts of kindness in a week can increase happiness for up to three months later.
Your time is limited – so don’t limit your life by wanting someone else’s.
The life that yields the most- yields the most.
The way to break time’s hold on me is to be broken and given with my time.
I could literally go on…and on…..and on!
Ann’s writing is meaningful and the images are gorgeous. The book itself is easy to pick up and read at any given time. Truth be told, this was a book that I would like to read over and over again, but I was convicted to pass it along. I mean really, would I really read it again? But it was a gift to me, I protested. Yep, I argue with myself. In the end, the point was to be broken. Yes, this was a small broken, but I was parting with something the Mister just gave me; a book that moved me. It was something that I felt I could benefit from reading again, but the point was to #bethegift.
If you feel like you could benefit from less stress, abundant joy, and want more meaning to your life and what you’ve gone through, this is an excellent book.
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Note – The first Friday of every month will be Salvage Book Club. A big part of the club will be reading AND giving away the book afterwards. If there is enough interest, I can put together a list of books to read each month. Also, I may have a link up for bloggers to add the books they are reading and giving away. If you would like to be apart of this, feel free to leave a comment and be sure to subscribe to the newsletter to get the inside info and a free bookmark to help remember to share that book. Finally, from time to time I will be sharing my books with you. Be sure to follow along on social media channels as I will randomly have giveaways for some books there.
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