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Overview Singer/songwriter Smith shares the real-life stories of women with shattered dreams, shameful secrets, and damaged souls, and the God who makes them beautiful again. Each chapter features a compelling personal story coupled with relevant biblical teaching and application.
God delights in transforming lives. In "Broken Into Beautiful, "singer and songwriter Gwen Smith's first book, she tells the real-life stories of women with shattered dreams, shameful secrets, and damaged souls, and the God who makes them beautiful again. Each chapter features a compelling personal story coupled with relevant biblical teaching and application. Readers will meet women wounded by infidelity, abortion, widowhood, abuse, and other tragic events, only to discover the joy of being restored by a loving heavenly Father.
The book will remind women of all ages of God's willingness to eternally forgive and forget and of His heart to transform broken lives. Readers will be empowered to believe truth, to remember grace, and to live for God's greater purposes. "Broken into Beautiful" is ultimately about a beautiful Savior who became broken for us so that all who are broken can be transformed to reflect His beauty.
From Publishers Weekly Smith, an evangelical singer and songwriter, offers Christian women her debut writing effort with both grace and candor. Smith winsomely challenges fellow Christians to be transparent in their admissions of failures, doubts, struggles and fears. To this end, she takes the lead by sharing her own emotional story of aborting her baby while in college. Years after the abortion, Smith was nudged by God to go public after hearing another Christian speaker tell a similar story. Still she battled against self-exposure because she was deeply ashamed and feared other people's judgment. Smith encourages women to seek God's grace and mercy for inner healing from past mistakes and for today's trials. Each chapter brims over with stories of women who've been there in the trenches of infidelity, abuse, widowhood and despair. Smith exhorts Christians to stop hiding behind their smiles and be brave enough to get real so that theyand otherscan discover true freedom and God's extravagant restoration. (July)Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Citations And Professional Reviews Broken Into Beautiful by Gwen Smith has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
CBA Retailers - 07/01/2008 page 116
Publishers Weekly - 05/12/2008 page 51
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Studio: Harvest House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.54" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.42" Weight: 0.46 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher Harvest House Publishers
ISBN 0736923179 ISBN13 9780736923170
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More About Gwen Smith
Gwen Smith is the author of several books, a gifted songwriter, and a sought-after speaker and worship leader. Gwen is also the co-founder of Girlfriends in God, a conference and devotional ministry. She and her husband, Brad, have three teenagers and live in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Reviews - What do customers think about Broken Into Beautiful?
How big is your God? Jun 4, 2009
"Gwen really helps you understand that no matter what sin--God can change you...
"I have been reading it this week and have been challenged with some of my own `impossible' issues and mistakes, and honestly I've felt my heart lifted after this book. It really opened my eyes and gave me some peace that I needed...and help me give a few more of my `issues' over to God instead of clinging onto them the way I stubbornly do at times.
"I would thoroughly recommend this book to people who are struggling or can't feel like they can get over their issues...who may think that God isn't big enough to cover their issues. Because He is! It really is a great example of how God can turn our brokenness into beauty. You can really get a feel for Gwen's desire for us to be closer to God and through her own trails and trails of others she helps us realize the only hope we can rely on is God's."
Captivating Mar 1, 2009
Gwen Smith's transparency and honesty in this book is a breath of fresh air. In a world where many women walk hiding behind their "fake" smile it was great to read a story from someone willing to take off the mask. It is an inviting testimony of God's healing in her life. Broken Into Beautiful is a wonderful narrative of what can happen when we allow God to heal our broken places.
Sharing from the Heart Jan 16, 2009
I am not much of a reader; however, when a good book is sitting in my hands, a highlighter is usually nearby. Totally the case for Gwen Smith's book, "Broken into Beautiful." Gwen shares from her heart and you feel that you get to know her as a friend. A friend that is being used by God to encourage you through scripture and life experiences.
Gwen uses personal life lessons and struggles, Biblical examples and a ton of scripture to convey the love, the mercy, the forgiveness, the strength and so much more that God has for me and for each one of us.
My life story isn't the same as Gwen's and I'm sure your story isn't either, but we all have struggles and times we are broken. I was encouraged in a way that was not a list of "you need to do this or that" to be restored followed by failing to accomplish that "list." It was simply by opening myself to God, trusting Him, knowing Him more and His love for me. Gwen's book is definitely one to read!!!
A True Picture of God's Grace Nov 12, 2008
Gwen Smith's sincerity in sharing her story is a true picture of how God's grace transforms brokenness into the beauty of a life restored. It's the kind of book that will heal your hurts and change your life. With each turn of the page, Gwen--in her girlfriend style--will inspire you to move past your failings and fears toward a life free from guilt and shame. The awesome reality you'll gain from this book is... if God can do it for Gwen, He can do it for me, too.
Must Read... Oct 20, 2008
Our Heavenly Father is a God that transforms. He can take our brokenness and make us whole.
Do you have something in your past that you are not proud of? Do you feel unworthy? Broken into Beautiful by Gwen Smith speaks to the heart of women that have something in their past they wish had never happened. Smith shares her story along with others. She reminds us that our God is a God of grace and forgiveness. The stories are heartwarming and inspiring.
Smith's story is heart breaking and yet offers encouragement and hope. She felt God call her to share her story with others. She felt shame and fear other's judgment. She believes we must openly confess our sins if we are to heal.
Smith has divided her book into chapters. Each chapter tells the poignant story of a woman broken and healed. She includes relevant scriptures and how to apply it to our life. "Broken into Beautiful is ultimately about a beautiful Savior who became broken for us so that all who are broken can be transformed to reflect His beauty."