Saturday, September 3, 2011

Book Review: Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont

A year ago, I declared only to myself … “I want to read more”.  But life sometimes gets in the way.  After a personal year of brokenness and change, I decided to begin my reading journey with, Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont.  In this inspirational book, Patsy shares some stories of her personal tattered life; her crashes and her recoveries.  Her quick wit and humor added to the joy of reading this book.  It will be enjoyed by anyone who has ever had a broken heart, or has let fear creep into their life.  The pages in this book will uplift and challenge you to live a grace-filled life. You will learn how these three simple words, "Make your bed" can change your life.

There are two very unique aspects of this book that I really enjoyed.  The first is the wonderful quotes from famous writers, poets, and even unknown authors that are highlighted in eye-catching boxes that appear in the margins of most chapters. This was something extra, some food for thought.  One humorous quote that resonated with me is found on page 148, “The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.”  e. e. cummings.  The second unique gift this book brings is something called “The Art Gallery”.  I absolutely loved this interactive connection that the author makes with the reader.  It’s like having dessert at the end of each chapter. The Art Gallery is full of suggested music, scripture, video, works of art, poems, and prayers.  When was the last time you read a book and were encouraged to “Google” something or listen to an audio piece on “YouTube”?  The book becomes a stepping stone to other explorations. 

Patsy Clairmont is generous in sharing her personal struggles and triumphs.  She inspires and educates.  The next time I view a beautiful piece of stained glass in a church, a museum, or a national building, I will see it as it is … broken bits of life, fashioned together, only revealing its true beauty by the grace and light of Christ.
  • I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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