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The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life

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*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
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Hardcover, 288 pages
Published October 25th 2016 by Zondervan (first published September 2016)
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Elizabeth
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
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Laurie
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
Grace
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
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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
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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!
Linda
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!
Poiema
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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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
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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.
DiAnn
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing insight.
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
Elena
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:
https://gribook.wordpress.com/2018/02...
Kelly
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent.

"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
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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
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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
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Robin Koshy
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
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
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Tamara
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
once again... vulnerability for the win. ❤
Briana
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
Meredith
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.
Heather
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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Krissie
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
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sharon Cate
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes Ann Voskamp's writing style is too much for me. At first I thought it was little on the melodramatic side; however, once I got past the alliteration and repetition I really heard the message and understood. Both alliterations and repetition are memory devices and there are definitely messages in this book that you will want to remember. I bought The Broken Way as an audiobook and enjoyed listening to it, but I wish I had purchased the hardback book instead. I found myself going back to ...more
Missi
Oct 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Voskamp's second book, The Broken Way, is just as riveting and fresh as 1,000 Gifts (her first book). Ann's ability to push the reader's thoughts on God and brokenness and hurt is powerful. It is a book that offers hope not from running from what is hard, but leaning into it- with God.

My copy is full of underlines, notes and thoughts-always a sign of an engaging read that has challenged my perspectives and gently prodded me into a deeper understanding of myself and God. Ann writes with a real a
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Les Sillars
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't stand devotional writing but I regard this as a personal weakness, like my inability to appreciate poetry that wasn't written by Dr. Seuss or the fact that classical music leaves me cold. Voskamp strikes me as an astonishingly introspective person. While that can easily descend into an ugly kind of self-centeredness, Voskamp's humility turns her (occasionally somewhat tortured) musings into a launching point for fresh approaches to biblical wisdom. Her best insight: "In shattered places, ...more
Stephanie Joy
May 21, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Marianne
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spirituality
Intimate account of Voskamp's brokenness and vulnerability that leads her to a deeper faith and abundant life. Although her writing style is clouded and heavy with gospel, I found myself recording many passages to reflect on later. On p. 119 "What matters most is not if our love makes other people change, but that in loving we change..." On p. 123 "A day is a pocket of possibility and it's always there, waiting for your willing hand." On p. 177 "Love is the willingness to be interrupted."
Psnichols01
Oct 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"The way to abundant life is to live broken..." This line from the book, #The broken way, sums up our lives as Christians. I am to live for others because Jesus loves me. Not out of guilt, but from a heart overflowing with thanksgiving. If your sick of living in the desert, read this challenging book. Ann will make you think, and probably cry!
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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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“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.” 7 likes
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