Reviews - What do customers think about Broken On the Back Row: A Journey through Grace and Forgiveness?
Great Book Jan 25, 2008
This book tells the story about redemption and reconcilation with God and man. It is filled with lots of bible principals and if you have been thru divorce and need healing this is a great book to read to inspire you with hope.
We All Need Forgiveness; We All Need His Grace Jun 23, 2007
Thank you, Sandi for writing this book! At times after my own divorce I took on far too much responsibility for it --- and felt like a failure. This book is a wonderful reminder that God loves us --- before, during, and after our mistakes --- or other people's misunderstandings. This is an excellent book that will remind the reader of God's mercy and care.
Barbara Sheldon, M.S.W. I also highly recommend: Happily Remarried: *Making Decisions Together *Blending Families Successfully* Building a Love That Will Last
A Discouraging Book That Encourages You Dec 24, 2006
Sandi Patti redefined what Christian music was in the 1980s. No longer was it a four-piece band singing three chord melodies that everybody could sing along with. Whether that is good or bad, of course, is the personal judgment of each individual. But in the pantheon of change, it was Sandi Patti, Amy Grant, and Michael W. Smith who changed the face of CCM in the 1980s. (Another change was facilitated by Steven Curtis Chapman in the 1990s).
Until this book came out, the only thing we knew about Sandi Patti was the gossip, both good and bad (mostly bad). But let's give the girl credit - she got right to the point and confessed to the adultery in the introduction. She also told many a story that did not present her in the most flattering of spotlights.
"Broken On The Back Row" is not a therapeutic book in the sense that it will be used as a clinical manual for Christian shrinks. What it is, quite frankly, is the public confession and memoirs of the most talented singer of her era. And what Sandi Patti taught us is that everything has a price. Her price for fame and fortune? The loss of her husband and family, the loss of public trust, and her loss of an effective ministry for Jesus Christ. This book does restore some of the ministry while it leaves the trust in a vacuum.
Many of the stories are heartbreaking, like her leaving her brother in a hospital possibly dying (he recovered) to go do a Christian concert. In most cases but admittedly not all, Sandi puts the blame on herself for what happened.
If Sandi Patti found the God she so deeply sang about and was restored to Him, then that says more than any of her own words can.
So why only four stars?
Well, while I do recommend this book to people, for example, who have endured or inflicted upon another an extramarital affair, it is not for the young hero worshipper (i.e. teenagers) or 'judgmental church person.' Many will never be satisfied with Sandi's confession no matter what she did.
And personally, I'm more than a little hesitant at confessional tell all books because what is the profit motive behind it? I can understand cynics who would say, "Her music career is on the skids so she wrote her life story for money."
While that may be true, let's not forget: she could have whitewashed everything if she wanted. And Sandi comes out looking pretty bad in this book.
SHE MARRIED THE MAN SHE HAD THE AFFAIR WITH! Mar 25, 2006
I'm sorry, I don't mean to sound judgmental but Sandy Patty admits to making poor choices (very admirable)and after seeking restoration and finding peace from God, she married the man she had the affair with and lives happily ever after! Am I missing something here, because I just don't get it?? One thing I do get though, is that her career never recovered. But I do give her credit for one thing, though. She has never compromised in her music.
A real eye opener Feb 1, 2006
This book brings you back to basics. The basics of life and a walk with God. Sandi is not only honest in this book, but she is humble as well. I recommend this book to anyone who is struggling with life and daily walk with Christ. Thanks Sandi for bringing me back to basics.