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The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  4,225 ratings  ·  591 reviews
New York Times Bestseller

This one's for those in need of a renewed revelation of the grace of God. Come and receive freedom, not beyond your fear and pain, but actually within it. 

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 be
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
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone going through a hard time
Shelves: 2017-favorites
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
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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
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
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: 2017, bible-study
I love her books and read them over and over. She's a gifted writer!
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
Stephanie Joy
May 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
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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
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I started this book coming out of one of the most broken years I’ve had in my life. And I read the majority in the recent weeks going through a crisis in our family. This book ministered to my soul deeply through both seasons. I enjoy her writing and the way she tells her stories. I do think it helps to make her points hit the heart. I appreciate her own vulnerability and brokenness that gives her a platform to speak.
Claire Belberg
Ann Voskamp's lyrical writing is as much her signature style as her vulnerable honesty. She only writes what she lives, and this authenticity is part of the power and charm of her work. She knows she is a broken being, reacting out of past pain, fear and longing, highly sensitive to the mood of her environment, and strong in her desire to honour God and love people. As she writes of embracing this brokenness in the light of the 'broken way' that Christ lived, she gives us a chance to watch what ...more
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
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have not read "A Thousand Gifts" but I heard that Ann Voskamp's writing can be difficult. And I would definitely have to agree with that. Her sentence structure can be odd and she gets a bit too poetic. And she runs through wheat fields which sounds a little odd.

There are definitely some theological notes I take issue with (the reason peter sank when walking on water wasn't because he didn't believe Jesus but because he didn't believe Jesus believed in him. What??) but she had a lot of good t
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.
Sep 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As always, Ann’s words are overflowing with life, with hope. Here are a few of my favorite passages:

He is invting me to heal but also to see my most meaningful calling: to be His healing to the hurting: my own brokenness driving me into Christ’s is exactly where I can touch the brokenhearted. The most meaningful purpose can be found exactly in our most painful brokenness. We can be brokers of healing exactly where we have known the most brokenness.
Never be afraid of being a broken thing. Why ha
Laura (Book Scrounger)
3.5 stars

I appreciated One Thousand Gifts, and I thought that in many ways this book was more than just a sequel -- it seemed to really be the second half of the gratitude equation, with a larger scope that also tackled some of the same difficult issues as the first. I know some find her writing style difficult -- I liked the poetic style of her first book, and this one as well, though I think here the back-and-forth between physical reality and abstract thought was a bit more jarring.

In some wa
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.
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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

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