I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
For years, society and especially the church required that we hide our brokenness and pretend that all was well, even when it was terribly broken. Now, people have become comfortable with our tattered edges, our character weaknesses, our “old, familiar sins,” and forgotten that God doesn’t intend to leave us in a state of disrepair. God calls us to something other than the wild pendulum swing from hiding our scars to flaunting them.
Rather than resigning ourselves to desperately clinging to shreds of recovery, or discarding the broken, threadbare, scarred relationships, we can engage in the process of healing through Christ. Jesus reclaims what we fear was damaged beyond repair. His soul-mend leaves hope where the wound once was. And, as we engage in the process of healing, we grow in appreciation of how God tends and transforms our wounds.
Tattered and Mended is a beautiful devotional that I really enjoyed reading. It’s one of those books that has one liners that you want to quote all of the time and underline as you read (maybe even write on sticky notes and stick ’em all over your house!).
Cynthia has a beautiful writing style that is easy to engage with and understand, with creative illustrations and powerful messages. I love her “Calls to action” at the end of the book as they challenge you to live out everything you learned in easy, doable actions.
Though I, personally, did not have a specific heart-wrenching dilemma in mind while reading through this, there were still plenty of things that I was able to get from this book that could be both used now, and in preparing for future situations (because they will come). So I strongly encourage you, especially if you are trying to overcome a wound, to pick up this book as I am sure it will be incredibly beneficial to you.
So I rate Tattered and Mended, 5 out of 5 stars and I will probably be looking into this author’s books for Bible studies in the future.