The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen: Opening Your Eyes to Wonder
Lisa Gungor thought she knew her own story: small-town girl meets boy in college and they blissfully walk down the aisle into happily ever after. Their Christian faith was their lens and foundation for everythingtheir marriage, their music, their dreams for the future. But as their dreams began to come true, she began to wonder if her religion was really representative of...more
Ive been fascinated with the Gungors and their journey, particularly in regard to the unraveling of ...more
This book walks alongside my cynicism and holds its hand.
Do you know the disillusioning comfort of when your skin ends up touching the skin of someone you connect with? That's exactly what this book feels like.
This is the story and faith journey of Lisa and Michael Gungor, popular Christian recording artists. And their struggles with the birth of their daughter Lucie, born with Down Syndrome. They married at a young age and set out into life, expecting one story and find themselves in another,
In many ways we can all relate to this story. I know when I set out on my own journey I expected a different ...more
What I ...more
This book reminded me how important it is to be me. How to radically accept my whole self just as I am am and to do that for others. It reminded me that strong relationships are based on on bringing that whole self to ...more
I wanted to love this book so much, because I have such affection for Lisa. She's one of those kinds of people I'd love to have dinner with, and suspect she is one remarkable human ...more
You will laugh. You will feel utter joy. You ...more
She now prays to the Divine Mother because she could not ...more
I listened to the audio book. ...more
The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen is a spiritual memoir written by Lisa Gungor, who - along with her husband, Michael - lead the band Gungor. Their breakout single "Beautiful Things" is still sung in churches across the country. In an era of (let's be honest) terrible and repetitive ...more
This book starts with almost a nested set of framing narratives - one a letter of sorts written to Lisa Gungor's mom, an attempt to bridge the increasing gulf between their worldviews, and one a hospital story about the birth of Lisa's second daughter, which the reader is dropped into in medias res but gets more details about as the book unfolds. As both a fairly new dad and a leader in a progressive church (with all the ...more
Lisa lets you in on her journey of life, from the start as a young girl to having her own children. She talks about moments in life where what she once knew was challenged in the most authentic way. The tagline of this book is "open your eyes to wonder" and it does exactly that. It takes you on a journey that feels familiar. This book is for anyone really, but if you are someone who has ever ...more
I appreciate the honesty here. I thought it was also well read by Lisa where you got a sense of the emotion or silliness etc. in the stories.
I admired the theme in the book: of the dot, line, circle / perspectives. (I thought we might get some nerd talk about Flatland).
I liked her reflections on how we value (or struggle to value) people. I think it is very easy for us to "assign value" based on things like intelligence or looks or money, and ...more
It was interesting to read the story of someone with a very different background and make up of identity to me. It was interesting to read the story of her on-going growing up including her spiritual on-going process, which seems to be moving into Vedanta.
She comes from a devout Christian family, and married a fellow devout Christian, the son of a pastor. It was an ...more
Lisas book did not disappoint. From her honest storytelling to beautifully crafted words - reading this book felt like peering into Lisas heart, process, and journey. I thoroughly enjoyed the read, broken into only two sessions because her journey pulled me along. Reading this book felt like sitting down with Lisa over a warm cup of coffee, hearing her doubts and her faith and her life, all covered with ...more
Lisa is such a natural storyteller but I cant explain how her autobiography transported me somewhere else. I kept hanging on the next word, the next story to tell. This book is such a gift. ...more