Monday, February 15, 2021

Broken and Beautiful: Let God Turn Your Mess into a Masterpiece - Book Review

 


Release Date: December 1, 2020

ISBN-13: 979-8662957619

Available from Amazon.com (Broken and Beautiful), providenceheights.org and christinesoule.com

Book Overview:

Christine Soule’s life was a jumbled pile of broken pieces. Her father was married seven times; her mother four times. Between her parents’ divorce when she was 5 years old and the day she allowed the power and presence of God into her heart, she watched her sister have an affair with her adoptive father; met 15 siblings she never knew at her biological father’s funeral; turned to drugs and alcohol; got pregnant at 17; had twins less than two years later; and became a victim of human trafficking. She had to break the cycle for the sake of her children. With nowhere else to turn, she dropped to her knees and prayed. And that’s when everything changed.

Broken and Beautiful is Soule’s inspirational story of how God took the pieces of her broken, astonishingly dysfunctional life and transformed it all into a breathtaking mosaic of joy and purpose.

“The places where you feel hopeless are exactly what He wants to redeem and fill with beauty, dignity and strength. He has a plan for your pain. A wonderful intention for your failures. A purpose for your hardest, darkest stories,” Soule writes.

Told with honesty and surprising touches of humor, Soule shares her journey from drug-addicted stripper to exuberant Jesus lover with a passion for helping others embrace God’s love. Broken and Beautiful is a raw, authentic story of hope, from a place of experience.

Author Christine Soule lives with the love of her life, Mitch Soule, in Seattle. They have five kids and two wonderful grandchildren (and counting). She is the founder and CEO of Providence Heights (www.providenceheights.org), a nonprofit created to house women and children in need and to provide counseling, education and jobs.

For more information, please visit www.christinesoule.com.


My Review:

It is hard for me to get into books about God that are laden with long words and doctrine.  It's not that those books aren't good but I'm not usually able to keep focus.  Christine Soule has authored a book that's just right for me.  She speaks from real experience, while including scripture and reflection.

Christine is someone I can relate to, for the most part.  She'd been dealt some heavy cards and has taken those moments to turn to God.  She brings her stories into each chapter, showing how they've worked for her.  Christine touches on forgiveness, tithing, worship, and other Christian ministries and gifts.  

I feel like Christine has been super blessed by the power of prayer and miracles.  She has a strong faith and has seen how God works all things for good.  I can't say I've personally had as many life experiences work out as well as she has, but I can say she's not wrong in the power of prayer and expecting miracles.  Christine builds other women up and shows them how they can and should look to God and other women for support, through both good and bad times.  This is one of my favorite books in relation to how I can better build my life in Christ.

I received book for review.  The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way.  Please do your own research before purchasing products or using services.  Your opinions and results may differ.

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