Ann Voskamp 'The Broken Way' review
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Ann Voskamp ‘The Broken Way’ Review

We all have brokenness. The more I write and receive feedback, the more I discover that there are others like me: people who’ve suffered, who’ve had their pieces shattered and have experienced real hurt that hits us right behind the knees, knocking us on our faces. I discover often and over and over that there are very few of us who haven’t been there.

Ann Voskamp writes with profound insight. This New York Times bestselling author is well-known for her books The Greatest Gift, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift, and the 60-week NYT bestseller, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. And she’s intimately acquainted with tragedy and brokenness.

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Ann and I at her recent book signing for ‘The Broken Way’

Recently, I attended a book signing for her new release, The Broken Way. It was the first time I’d heard Ann speak. Literally. The first time her angelic yet powerful voice reached my ears. Though I shared the room with 100s of fellow Ann fans, I felt as though she was speaking to each of us personally. She shared that as a teenager, she and her mother had witnessed the tragic death of her young sister by a farm vehicle. Following this horrific incident, Ann’s mother spent time in a psychiatric hospital. Ann struggled to cope with the agony of it all and began cutting.

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But those physical scars now healed over, exist on one wrist and rest under a small black cross that Ann pens on her own flesh to remind herself, she says, to live cruciform, broken and given.

In The Broken Way Ann shares about the stark, deep brokenness that exists in each of us. We tend to hide ours, not wanting to burden others or expose ourselves. It’s terrifying to be that vulnerable. And she shares about our collective brokenness and how we can “re-member.”

As Ann says “It’s always the vulnerable heart that breaks broken hearts free.” 

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If there is brokenness in you (isn’t there in us all?), Ann speaks life into it in this profound book.

“…if we’re all born with our hands clenched into these tight fists–what does it mean to live with hands wide open, hands reached out?” Ann Voskamp in The Broken Way: a daring path into the abundant life

The Broken Way gets into the “meat and potatoes” of real-life relationships. As this incredible book asks “What do you do with  your unspoken broken?” 

When I got to meet Ann at the book signing, I asked her to sign an extra copy of her book for one of you. I do believe this book–Ann’s words–will bless you and open your eyes to deeper relationships and allow you to discover ways we can be love to others.

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To enter to win this signed copy of The Broken Way, simply comment on this post and check back soon to learn who the winner is.

Then…follow that “daring path into the abundant life.”

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I was given two books by BlogAbout, one to read and offer this honest review, and one to share in this generous giveaway. All opinions are my own.


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24 Comments

  • Reply Robin Puchala November 9, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Melanie!

    How great to CONNECT with you! Ann Voskamp’s writings have a penetrating, deep & good affect on me too! I would love to have that book!

    Just reading this I remember be overwhelmed & cutting…& my Mom had breakdowns when I was young…but although I share a lot with people, I haven’t shared that. But fear of gossip & backlash are in my past. I long to reach out to others hurting as well. It is the Christ in me.

    Thank you & I hope I win!

  • Reply Andi November 9, 2016 at 10:46 am

    I don’t think I’ve ever read any of her books 🙁

  • Reply Kay November 9, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    I always love reviews! I’m a big reader and love to hear about new books/authors.

  • Reply Brittany Yates November 9, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    I’ve never read her books but I like the images with her quotes, certainly sparks my interest in the book.

  • Reply Lauren C. Moye November 9, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    I’ve never heard of this author! I’m interested, though.

  • Reply Cassie from True Agape November 9, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    Man- those are some great quotes! I might need to look into this book! Thank you for sharing!

  • Reply Demelza - The Year Of The Daffodil November 9, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I am reading 1000 gifts at the moment. So good.

  • Reply Amy Hagerup November 9, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    This is a wonderful sentiment – to give a broken heart away. I would love to win the book. Yay! Thanks for sharing all of this.
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  • Reply Robbie @ Use Resources Wisely November 9, 2016 at 8:22 pm

    I hadn’t heard of her before but am always on the lookout for good writers!
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  • Reply Sheila November 9, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    I love Ann and her ability to be authentic. I read 1000 gifts and it puts so many things into clear perspective of what is important. I would love to read this book. If I don’t win I will have to ask for a copy for Christmas.
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  • Reply angie November 10, 2016 at 9:34 pm

    thank you for introducing me to a new author as well as sharing a glimpse into your day
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  • Reply Tara November 10, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    This sounds like a great book. I love her others!

    • Reply melaniespickett@gmail.com November 11, 2016 at 2:20 pm

      She’s a profound writer and person. At the book signing, she treated each person like her best friend. 🙂

  • Reply Beth Salaguinto April 20, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I’ve read a 1,000 gifts. Hoping to read this book.

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