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The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  3,499 ratings  ·  527 reviews
*New York Times Bestseller*

Not one thing in your life is more important than figuring out how to live in the face of unspoken pain.

New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts Ann Voskamp sits at the edge of her life and all of her own unspoken brokenness and asks: What if you really want to live abundantly before it's too late? What do you do if you really want
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Zondervan (first published September 2016)
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Nov 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was admittedly not terribly crazy about Ann's first book, primarily because of her writing style. I got really annoyed at the melodrama of some portions (running through fields chasing the moonlight and then falling prostrate in the mud because it was so overwhelming? Ugh. Just get up and look at the moonlight like a normal person.) From a grammatical standpoint, I just wanted to scream at her to PLEASE USE AN ADJECTIVE OR ARTICLE OR VERB CORRECTLY! But that's just my personality and preferenc ...more
Becky Pliego
I will let others rate this book, because I just can't. No one can give so many stars to a raw and honest conversation in which a friend's soul is exposed in such a vulnerable way. Ann is my friend and this book felt more like a letter in which she shares so much of her life, deep wounds, and heart with "me." I love her more now and I am richer because of her; and even though our differences are many, our Savior is the same. We both hold fast to One true God, one Faith, and one Baptism.
Mary Rachel
Nov 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
I really tried to like this book. Though I didn't love the writing style of One Thousand Gifts, I loved the message behind this first book of Voskamp's, and reading it actually made me a more thankful person. So, I decided to read The Broken Way, expecting the same outcome.

Honestly, her writing style in this one is even more difficult to read. I love the quotes that she uses from other writers, but I don't love her writing. I understand the point she is trying to make in this book, but she goes
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes I wish that I could sit and have coffee and just talk with Ann, stripping away all of the words that she wraps herself in as a writer. Ann's love for words, for her own thoughts, is both a blessing and a curse. The curse is that too often she dives into her prose, seeking poetry rather than substance. The blessing comes in those moments when she leaves the overly-dramatic monologues of life, leaves the searching for profundity, and simply states truth -- and oh, what treasures of truth ...more
Havebooks Willread
I have such mixed feelings about Ann Voskamp's books. I am not a fan of her writing style--it is too flowery for me, and the fragments drive me crazy.

I always get some good points from her thoughts, however, and this book was no exception. Once I got six or seven chapters in, I was being challenged to grow in love in a way that I hadn't been challenged before. I especially liked her points about real love making people safe, like a house over someone, a safe place where people connect intimately
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone going through a hard time
This book is one of the most beautiful things I've ever read.

It's a raw, deeply personal, beautifully reflective exploration of how to navigate suffering as a Christian, and if you are going through something right now this book will absolutely speak to your soul. I cannot recommend it enough for those of you who are undergoing suffering of your own.

And even if you aren't, still read it! It will fuel you for a time when suffering comes your way.

There were so many moments where I had to stop a
Taylor Millender
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Voskamp invites her readers into the broken moments of her life as she beautifully explores the answer to "How do we live with this one broken heart?" This stunning book leads the reader into a journey of seeing Grace, Thanksgiving, and Joy in their broken moments and how God shines in our weaknesses. Have your highlighter, pen, and journal ready as you read!
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bible-study, 2017
I love her books and read them over and over. She's a gifted writer!
Jan 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Ann is a master at taking everyday objects and making them pregnant with spiritual truth:

* A clay sculpture of Jesus, with his hands broken off, illustrating the fact that we, His people, are to serve as His hands on this Earth.

* A mason jar containing 25,000+ wheat kernels, representative of the number of days in a typical lifespan.

*A red bucket, filled with gifts for a hurting family, depicting a life that is meant to be filled and then emptied again and again on behalf of others.

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Christina Claypool
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ann Voskamp is a poetic writer and a courageous survivor. If anyone knows about "The Broken Way..." it is definitely this author. The greatest takeaway from this book for me, is the need to share our own brokenness with others, if we want to be close with them. Like Voskamp, I am a champion at being there to listen to the stories of the pain of others, but I have been very bad about sharing my own pain.
Through this book, I began to better understand the need to come clean about our own heartach
Michelle Griep
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Blown away.

Yep, once again Voskamp's amazing writing style kills me with a thousand different phrases. I totally mutilated this book with highlights and dog ears and tears. Here are just a very few of the awesome things Ann had to say . . .

"Who doesn't know what it's like to smile thinly and say you're fine when your'e not, when you're almost faint with pain?"

"There are graves coming, there is dark coming, there is heartbreak coming. We are not in control, and we never were."

"Great grief isn't m
Steve Smith
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The Broken Way" is a guide into abundant life through self-sacrifice.

A logical progression from Ann's first book, The New York Times best-selling "One Thousand Gifts," this new book answers the question "How do you live with your one broken heart?"

This is one of just two or three books which has helped me to change the way I live even while I'm still reading it. Ann's combination of storytelling, theology, practical application, and winsome vulnerability provide just the right combination to m
Anna LeBaron
Oct 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ann Voskamp does it again.

She takes your heart, wrings it out and then masterfully fills it back up with a broken, holy, beauty saying "The miracle happens in the breaking." The breaking of bread or the breaking of our hearts. These are split wide open, and in the splitting, the "not enough" becomes more than enough.

Thank you, Zondervan, for the Advance Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.
Rick Davis
Aug 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ann Voskamp's style is hard for some people to take. Her books are prose poetry, and those who are interested in a strictly academic systematic theology will be disappointed. I find that her writing style is the most common criticism by people who don't like her books. I, however, love the way she writes. It's like an amalgam of T.S. Eliot and Bonhoeffer.

Another criticism I've heard of Voskamp is that her theology is heretical mysticism that perverts the gospel. I read one "discernment" blogger
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing insight.
Jenni Morgan
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ann Voskamp takes thoughts we all have and wrestles them down to their roots. God is good all the time, so why do I not feel His goodness in my circumstance? Why is brokenness present, persistent, and permanent? She comes full circle through personal heartache and social injustice that it is only through our brokenness that we find communion with God and others. There is no way but a broken way.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
More like 4.5 stars. I would have given a 5, but her writing style is difficult for me. I couldn't follow her stories at all in each chapter. However, when she came to "the meat" of her chapters, they are gold. Our brokenness is not a disgusting disgrace to Jesus, but the way He allows to find Him bigger, sweeter, more wonderful than we ever imagined. The way God heals the world is not through whole, perfect, put-together saints, but through broken sinners, finding their own wholeness in a wound ...more
Stephanie Joy
May 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Cheryl Barker
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Vulnerable. Powerful. Life-changing. Love-changing. For me, all of these things describe Ann Voskamp’s latest book The Broken Way. The insights she shared have helped me feel God’s love and grace in a deeper way and have also challenged me to love in a deeper way. This is a book I’ll need to reread at some point – or at least review all of my underlined portions (which is a great deal of the book!) I’m giving the book 4 stars rather than 5 because parts of it felt very repetitive, but overall it ...more
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very inspiring! So much to say about this book and so many wonderful quotes I want to share!

Made a few graphics with some of my favorite, you can check them out here:
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
Almost unreadable. Ann's prose is so convoluted that I can't follow her and by the end of her story I've forgotten the beginning.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"This is the deal we all get, guaranteed suffering."

"Maybe the love gets in easier right where the heart's broke open."

"Hurt is a contagion."

"Pain demands to be felt or it will demand you feel nothing at all."

"We exist to be little Christs."

"The cells that only benefit themselves are known as cancer."

"You were not driven by doctrines or duties, you are driven by what you love."

"You were not driven by doctrines or duties, you are driven by what you love."

"You were not driven by doctrin
Renee Williams
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
The Broken Way is a dare to live your life poured out for others and in doing so you in turn live life to the fullest. By breaking yourself apart and pouring yourself out for others and giving the gift of your presence you make room in your life to be refilled by Christ....You have to empty yourself to be refilled. So much wisdom to be had in these pages. I found myself underlining whole sections to revisit and ponder. Not only are the words beautifully written but Ann exposes herself and lets y ...more
Allison Anderson Armstrong
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most beautiful books I've ever read. Life will give you a lot of lemons and most of us at any point in our life are carrying some unspoken pain, and Ms. Voskamp has had her fair share. She tells stories of her childhood, motherhood, losing friends, and facing illness, and points the listener to Christ and "givenness" and "cruciform" over and over in some of the most beautiful writing I've ever encountered. I don't want to forget what I've learned, and this will definitely be a ...more
Todd Coburn
Aug 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am only 11% through this book, but am overflowing with thoughts that I would like to share.

The writing style in this book is unique. It is more poetry than prose. Like an outpouring of the heart splashing across the page. Yet it is beautiful.

The author clearly understands brokenness, and does not broadcast answers but seems to spill her musings and insights on brokenness into the ink on the page. This leads the reader to the place where she is, and has been, and invites the reader to feel and
Tricia Culp
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Life-changing. To be savored and digested. Some of the best work I have ever read on the problem of pain.
Sarah Oyerinde
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I first met Ann Voskamp in April 2010, after Ireti was born. I wasn't looking for a writer to read, or a ministry for my starving soul - although I needed both. I was looking for a writing outlet - a job, really. Money and purpose were driving me. Through a Google search I found the inCourage website and felt like I wanted to or could write for the website. And I wanted to get a feel for the kind of writing the curators published, and so I browsed the writers's bio page.

On that bio page, it was
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
once again... vulnerability for the win. ❤
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's no secret to anyone who knows me that I adore Ann Voskamp's writing. She has mentored me in some of the hardest to reach places of my heart and life via her writings over the last decade. I'm ever so grateful for her pursuit of God and His heart, for her diligence to read solid doctrine that is beautifully reflected in the poetic prose of her writings and for her willingness to vulnerably invite us into her life experiences, her thoughts, wrestlings and epiphanies on how to live the one lif ...more
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Ann's books have been so timely to the season of life I find myself in when they are released. When I first read Ann's best seller, One Thousand Gifts, I was newly married and enjoying my first baby. Life was fairly simple and pretty pleasant, but of course the human heart can always find something to groan over. One Thousand Gifts was an eye opening and soul stirring call to see the myriad of gifts God places in front of me, every single day in a thousand different ways.
The Broken Way comes t
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Ann Voskamp is a farmer's wife, the home-educating mama to a half-dozen exuberant kids, and author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, a New York Times sixty-week bestseller..
Named by Christianity Today as one of fifty women most shaping culture and the church today, she's a global advocate for needy children with Compassion International, a loser of library books, a s
“When the church isn't for the suffering and broken, then the church isn't for Christ. Because Jesus, with His pierced side, is always on the side of the broken.” 9 likes
“Who knows why God allows heartbreak, but the answer must be important enough because God allows His heart to break too.” 8 likes
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