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The Scent of Water: Grace for Every Kind of Broken

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  358 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
Follow Naomi as she talks to women working in brothels in Mumbai; survivors of an Indonesian tsunami in which more than 160,000 lives were lost; a young girl waiting on an operation to save her life; and victims of domestic violence horrifically burned by fire. Be still with her when she realizes the pain she feels in the face of these extreme injustices reveals a common s ...more
Hardcover, 222 pages
Published March 6th 2011 by Zondervan (first published October 1st 2010)
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Feb 03, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is the story of Naomi Zacharias' work and life with Wellspring International. You could call this an autobiography of her life, sort of, since she talks about some aspect of her personal life, not just her work with Wellspring.

What is Wellspring International? According to the book, Wellspring was set up "to research global needs for women and children at risk and to develop a process of due diligence to evaluate organizations seeking to meet those needs. Our mission is to facilitate f
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Job 14:9 "Yet at the scent of water it will bud" (speaking of a tree stump which is dead in the ground).

Naomi Zacharias, founder of Wellspring International, takes us on a tour of some of the poorest areas of the world and areas of the world where nature has been cruel. Wellspring addresses these problems after first assessing them by helping programs that will help.
In the meantime Zacharias takes us to -
Banda Aceh, Sumatra, 6 weeks after the tsunami
A prison in Africa
To see firsthand the effect
Laurie Carlson
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Laurie by: Zondervan Publishers
Shelves: non-fiction, charity
“The Scent of Water, Grace for Every Kind of Broken” by Naomi Zacharias

This book was a very eye opening journey for me, the reader, while the author tells us her story of traveling around the world trying to help women and children where she can. This book is full of places from around the world, right to what is inside of us. I will say my review of this book does not even touch the surface of what she did, where she went, and what she, personally, got out of her travels and portrays as she tel
May 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audio-books
I have followed the work of Wellspring for a decade now, and have really enjoyed what they do to help women who are oppressed and who have been victims of human trafficking.

I was unaware that Ravi Zacharias had a daughter (let alone three children) and that one of them was involved in the work of Wellspring as one who goes to different countries to gather information and work with women who need support.

In this book, Naomi Zacharias talks about her own discomforts in life and hardships intertw
Cathie Bennett
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Honestly, if someone asked me what this book was about, I would respond with: "I have absolutely no idea." It is poorly organized, has no clear direction, and is essentially just many of the author's random thoughts and experiences. The only reason I read beyond the first couple of chapters is because someone loaned it to me, and I would feel guilty if I returned it to them without reading it. However, it was such a waste of my time that I regret doing so. The only reason that I gave it 2/5 inst ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Stories that make you aware of life outside yourself, life's struggles and grace through it all. A little long but overall very good
Feb 22, 2018 rated it liked it
The story itself is good and I think she has a lot of important topics in her book, but the writing isn't really the best.
Andrea Thom
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Neat, easy-to-read discussion that highlights a Christian's response to the gospel - to serve others and defend injustice.
Jan 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This fine, poetic book by Naomi Zacharias is described best by it's subtitle. Grace for every kind of broken.

The title of the book comes from the Scriptures in Job, about the tree whose stump is dead in the ground.
"Yet at the scent of water it will bud..." The mere scent of healing and life will make a tree put forth shoots.
What if the scent of Grace could be to the heart the scent of water?
What if the scent of hope and healing could help a heart bud forth again?

Sensitive is the word to descri
Apr 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoirs
Right from the beginning of the prologue I loved this book. The story of the rabbi is beautiful and one I’d never heard before and now will never forget.

In her book, Naomi takes us on a journey through unbelievable horror, poverty, destruction, disasters, immense pain and sorrow. In the beginning Naomi is in Banda Aceh on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia just six weeks after the tsunami hit killing 250,000 people. This disaster wasn’t caused by man but by nature and was the most destructive na
Jul 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This author and her work is fantastic. She is wonderful and lovable and beautiful and much more. The book covers her work overseas with abused women and children through Wellspring International, and also somehow covers her own story as well.
Mar 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, grief
This book was really heavy but good for anyone going through any type of grief. And aren't we all?

Some of my favorite quotes from this book:

(pg. 77) "...the naivete of younger years should not be confused with courage. It is only courage when we know the cost of failure. It is only faith when there is potential for doubt. And it can only be won when we have to fight for it."

(pg. 129) "...shared wounds, when pinned to the sky, become stars in the night that help us navigate a pathway home. It can
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
The author takes us on a journey through Banda Aceh on the island of Sumatra six weeks after the devastating tsunami. To the Czech Republic, where a young girl is sent on an illicit mission by her mother and is attacked and raped by a gang of boys. We go to a prison in Africa, where a lack of vernacular knowledge has doomed many of the women to a life of misery. In Amsterdam, we are introduced to the complicated story of a prostitute living in a brothel. We visit a teenage girl who is in despera ...more
Georgia Herod
May 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Daughter of Ravi Zacharias, internationally known apologist, speaker, and author, NZ has established herself not only as founder and director of Wellspring International, an initiative devoted to providing financial grants to international efforts working with at-risk women and children, but also as a writer and speaker. As a result, NZ has traveled internationally and visited with women in the red-light district of The Netherlands, India, and Thailand; foster homes for children affected by HIV/ ...more
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I don't know exactly how to describe this beautiful, yet heartbreaking book. I really like Naomi's father, Ravi Zacharias (I listen to his podcasts), so I was very interested in what his daughter had to say.

All I can say is this book did not disappoint. It's a series of vignettes of different women around the world who's lives involve some kind of brokenness. Naomi's story is woven in as well. It was absolutely heart-wrenching to read in some spots and typically, I stop reading if it gets too t
Ben Zajdel
The Scent of Water begins with Naomi Zacharias walking a beach in Indonesia after the tsunami of 2005. She notes how empty it feels after the wave of destruction swept through. For a prologue, it's awfully poetic.

But Indonesia is just the beginning. By the time this book ends, Zacharias has taken you all over the world, and describes it with a compassionate and artful eye. She describes Amsterdam and its corruption as well as she paints the broken women she encounters there. Whatever pain she e
Apr 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An amazing summation. One of love, blessings, faith, and making a difference one day at a time. You will see how the love of a caring and nurturing heart gives courage and hope to so many.

The stories held in the book reflect how one person's journey gave hope and inspiration to so many and made a tremendous difference in the healing and cleansing of the soul. If you wish to make a difference I encourage you to read this book and see what giving and healing are all about.

Naomi's amazing ability
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to India by: Matthew Vegel
Shelves: favorites
A collection of stories dealing with people from multiple backgrounds and the way they all deal with their brokenness strung together by the wonderful Naomi Zacharias and a God who brings hope. I want to be her friend. Multiple times in the reading of this book I found myself excitedly agreeing with her (only to remember that I am reading and not sitting down at a cafe having these conversations).

I recommend this book to anyone who has ever experienced loss or brokenness of any kind.

Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The author writes of finding grace for herself as she extends grace in word and deed to women and children caught in the horror of living in sex slavery and prostitution in red light districts of the world, or in refugee camps where keeping alive is a trauma in itself. She takes the verse from Job 14:7-9 which describes the blooming of a seemingly dead tree from just the scent of water. Hope for a new life, grace to cover a new beginning is woven through the book with the stories of real women a ...more
Elizabeth Goode
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was ok
I was very moved by the terrible stories about the abuse of women, but I did feel a bit patronized by the way the author kept telling me what to think of them. I liked her honesty about her own failings and about the hurt she suffered from porn and divorce, as well as from the judgemental reaction of Christians to her divorce. She weaves together the experiences of her own life with those of the suffering women she saw on her travels, but this doesn't really work because she keeps meandering off ...more
Mar 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
If you want to be challenge to think of where God would have you be. Read this book. If you think He can't/won't use you, read this book. If you think you have too much baggage, read this book. Above all read this book. I am sure it will speak to you in more ways than you can imagination.

It talks about grace, (even for her dog), and forgiveness, and above all love and guidance. What else can you read that will give you fuel your soul, and give you a glimmer of what you may be missing out on, if
A.C. Bauch
Dec 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
the only reason this book didn't get five stars is that the writing was trite at times (e.g., do people really walk "gingerly"? it's all stephen king's fault i even pay so much attention to adjectives & adverbs anyway...). the stories contained within, however, are anything but trite. to have seen what zacharias has seen, and to live the life she has lived--what heartbreaking exhilaration, for lack of better phrasing. i feel in love with her father's writing at first word, and i hope that sh ...more
May 18, 2014 rated it liked it
I was in search of a little more of the grace as I am deeply intrenched in stories of the world of injustice - I know too many heart wrenching stories and was seeking more redemptive ones... 90% of the book is the heartache of injustice and only at the very end do you get the goodness that God brings after the storm of a very long, hard life of pain... If you are looking to see more of the refreshment that comes with the Living Water, this isn't the book I would recommend though it is well writt ...more
Apr 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
“An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.” – Dr. Martin L. King Jr

The Scent of Water by Naomi Zacharias, will rock you to your core if you allow it. The thread throughout the stories is a testimony of lives refusing to be labelled by their pain instead they proclaim a hope and a endurance which does not give up until God’s glory is revealed.

link to full review: http://frequencyofword
Misty Sievers
Dec 09, 2013 rated it liked it
The story line was a bit hard to follow and every chapter was different. In a sence every chapter was a new story. Naomi helped a lot of people as a humanitarian. This book mainly interested me in the Red Light Districts of India. I heard a few stories of women there from Naomi's second hand view. A lot of it was alarming, and scared me to think people are really put in those situations. Over all this was a pretty good book.
Rachel N
Apr 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Zacharias is a deeply profound thinker and an exquisite writer. That she is able to describe her encounters with such grace and craft her deepest thoughts into words with such eloquence has left me speechless. The Scent of Water reaches to the core of your emotions and confronts your misguided conceptions without apology. I don't even know which genre to place this book in; it's so unique. Just read it.
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Captivated by the author's authentic and elegant way of relating real life encounters. It was evident that author had a vision in mind right on the outset of this project, and throughout her writing as she kept a laser-focus in connecting humans' hearts to God's heart. She used the tapestry of human lives, suffering and joy to proclaim the reality of Redemption - The Grandest Rescue. I would love to read more of her writing.
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am so glad I read Naomi's book! How God can redirect our lives from where there appears to be no hope to a life filled with hope and a future. I found it to be encouraging and helped to put into focus that our God is always at work in our personal lives and in those lives that trouble our hearts at the hopelessness seen around us. Thank you Naomi for writing this book out of your own pain.
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It took me a while to finish this book, mostly because of other life distractions getting in the way. I wish I had read to more closely together to get a better sense of the whole direction. But, with that said, even after taking 6 months to read it, it was extremely powerful. It's full of such incredible stories of Gods grace and they are each so motivating.
Jyoti Shrestha
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was ok
I felt like the description of the book was misleading as it was not a story for "every kind of broken". It was more like a promotion to support Wellspring and positive stories of women who were abused and lead to prostitution. We never get to hear more than a sentence of the author's story.
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Naomi Zacharias graduated from Wheaton College. After working in sales for Coca-Cola, she joined RZIM and launched Wellspring International, an initiative devoted to providing financial grants to international efforts working with at-risk women and children. Naomi has spent time in red-light districts in The Netherlands, India, and Thailand; foster homes for children affected by HIV/AIDS throughou ...more