Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Stained Glass Hearts– Book Review

 

Stained Glass Hearts Seeing Life from a Broken Perspective

By Patsy Clairmont
Published by Thomas Nelson

Book Description:

Much like stained glass, life's broken pieces become the prism through which God's grace shines most brightly and beautifully.

"Life is no doubt full of difficulties, but it is also filled with promise and possibility," says best-selling author and WOF speaker Patsy Clairmont. In Stained Glass Hearts Clairmont guides readers to view the difficult experiences of life through the lens of God's grace. Using art as a theme, and likening people to stained glass windows, she shares that it's when we're surrounded by darkness that His healing light shines most brightly within us. Encouraging women to step back and see life from this new perspective, Patsy offers help and hope for the dark places of life.

Along with character studies of women in Scripture, and modern-day, relatable stories, each chapter includes:

Chalice—memorable quotes

Mosaic—recommended music

Spires—scriptures and readings

Litany—sample prayers

My Thoughts:

I love Patsy Clairmont’s wit and insight.   I can hear her voice as I read her rich, impassioned words.  The once agoraphobic Patsy now enjoys life to the fullest, and expects those around her to do the same.

Stained Glass Hearts isn’t an “everything will turn out sunshine and roses book”.  It’s more of a “when life hands you lemons, make pink lemonade” kind of book.  Patsy understands, and points out, that in this life there will be times when we don’t understand why…and it’s ok to admit we don’t have an answer, lest our answer be trite and faulty. 

At the end of each chapter there is an “Art Gallery” section, where Patsy has graciously lists suggestions for museums, poetry, music, scripture and prayers to help you see the beauty in life and in living.

One of my favorite quotes from the book is “One thing I’ve learned after circling the block of life at breakneck speed is that you need a sense of humor to survive aging – actually to survive life.  Otherwise a case of ornery can seize you, and you’ll break out in cranky.  And that’s never cute on anyone.”

Although I read Stained Glass Hearts in one setting, it’s a definite slow read.   I’ll be rereading, digesting and experiencing this book over and over through my stained glass heart.

 

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

1 comment:

Buckaroosmom said...

great review, Chickie, maybe I should read it as well.