Broken but Beautiful

Author: Joseph P. Conway

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 172527146X

Category: Religion

Page: 184

View: 6663

American church participation has plummeted in recent decades. Abuse scandals and hypocrisy hang in the air. Weekly, I talk to friends and neighbors who have left church, even as many still identify as Christians. I get what they’re saying. When I consider the pain that so many have experienced in church life, the body of Christ sure seems broken. It’s no wonder many don’t find church to be worth it. But maybe there’s more to the story. As a child, my family experienced deep crisis. I felt alone and vulnerable. Into that void, the church stepped in. I discovered a family, a people that have my back and forever changed my life. Even now, I see tangible ways the church works for the common good. The church possesses a resilient beauty that continually pushes through the brokenness. If we love Jesus, we have to eventually ask what Jesus loves. Surprising to me at times, Jesus loves the church, despite her brokenness. If we learn to see what Jesus sees, we’ll discover a powerful, often untapped means towards human flourishing. No other social group offers what the church offers. Yes, the church is broken, but there’s more. She’s beautiful.

Broken but Beautiful

Author: Chioma Okoye

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1664254692

Category: Religion

Page: 116

View: 1363

I was deeply inspired by the words, “broken but beautiful.” After our annual conference centered on this topic, I decided to ruminate on it and turn it into more than a conference. It was during the process of developing it that The Lord revealed the biblical meaning to me. First comes broken – shattered and naked to change. As a person living in the 21st century, there is an insurmountable amount of pressure to conform through culture, especially in Africa, to our roles of mother, father, daughter, son, wife, husband, friend and sister to the best of your ability – you must bear the pain without fully understanding why you are going through it or how to come out on the other side. Expect answers in this book – real life scenarios and people who take us through their own personal journeys. This book will be your guide, hold it closely as you begin your journey through the harsh waters of change, learn how to go through the deep waters and come out on the other side – broken but beautiful.

Broken but Beautiful

Author: Yoshita goel

Publisher: Verses Kindler Publication


Category: Fiction

Page: 154

View: 7500

"Some things become more valuable when broken. Like hearts, relationships and the broken hearts of people in these broken relationships." Life is all about a continuous cycle of meeting people, then being connected to them, then losing them, but the ones who stay forever with us, we find our happiness in them. Similarly, this anthology presents a compilation of life experiences and feelings written down from the bottom of the hearts of co-authors. This anthology contains poems, short stories, articles, shayaris and open letters on how life and love give us happiness but pain too, for the readers to relate, comprehend and rejuvenate their perspectives on live and learn from them as to how can they achieve happiness and pain from the same person, thing or relationship. A beautiful life begins with a beautiful mind and heart, if you are beautiful from inside, you will reflect the same on the outside. A number of people come into your life, some will stay temporarily, while some will stay permanently. But, do not sit and wait for people to make them permanent in your life. Life will show many colors to you, it entirely depends upon how you react to everything. It is all about standing, falling, facing and fighting for your happiness. Through Broken But Beautiful, we have given our best to collect beautiful and diverse feelings and emotions in order to inspire, relate and know how to face everything and move on.

Embracing the Beauty in the Broken

Author: Margarete Cassalina

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1532083106

Category: Self-Help

Page: 202

View: 9874

Sometimes life comes at us fast and a sucker punch lands without any warning. In a split second, we can find ourselves in the midst of life-changing choices, insurmountable obstacles, and heartbreaking hardships. Yet even in the darkest of days, there are choices presented to each of us with the power to prompt life to change its course. Within thirty candid chapters of conflict and resolution, Margarete Cassalina shares compelling stories of loss and perseverance through obstacles with authenticity and humor. Each life crisis shared provides a valuable message of choices, decisions, and the power of teachable lessons. Throughout her presentation, Margarete reminds all of us that we are not defined by our pasts and have the strength within to push past years of self-doubt, unforeseen hurdles, and sorrow by taking action via a “take it or leave it” approach. Included are practical exercises, discussion prompts, questions, and resources for anyone desiring an in-depth exploration of their own personal growth and journey. Embracing the Beauty in the Broken is a thought-provoking collection of life crises that provides the inspiration, motivation, and confidence to move beyond our obstacles and live our best lives.

Singing the Scriptures

Author: Julie Meyer

Publisher: Chosen Books

ISBN: 149341352X

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 8676

Unique, Powerful Way All Believers Can Experience Breakthrough In the Bible, Moses sang. Miriam sang. So did Deborah, David, Mary, Paul, the angels, and so many more. The Israelites went to war singing; they sang over victories, over happy moments and hard moments. They knew something we've lost sight of: When we learn to sing God's words back to Him, we align the deepest spaces of our hearts with the deepest places of His--and we experience breakthrough. So why do we relegate singing the Word to just worship teams? Julie Meyer, a Dove-nominated artist and worship leader, has been teaching all believers how to do just this. She shows that you don't need to know how to read music or even sing in tune. All you need is Scripture and a willingness to engage God in song. As you do, you will see heartache turn into hope, despair into destiny, fear into fearlessness. You stand on the Word, pray it, and even memorize it. Now it's time to sing it.

The Unprized

Author: Sarah Jackson and Ananya Verma

Publisher: Sankalp Publication


Category: Antiques & Collectibles

Page: 239

View: 1399

‘The Unprized’- the title itself reflects the purpose of this very special book. In this book, you will find beautiful poems, meaningful open letters, and powerful articles. This anthology is an attempt to provide a literary outlet for a spectrum of women writers to appreciate the women in their life. The writers were free to interpret the theme as they wished to, which has led to an amalgamation of inspiring and wholesome tales. From friends and family to famous personalities and sometimes even strangers, the women in our lives can have a huge impact on us. This was a chance for the community of women writers to reflect back and “appreciate the unseen”. It was a great opportunity to create a book with women writers from all around India and other countries. The compilers, Ananya Verma and Sarah Jackson really hope that this book sparks a chain of gratitude and appreciation in the minds of the reader.

Bouncing Back: Queer Resilience in Twentieth and Twenty-First Century English Literature and Culture

Author: Susanne Jung

Publisher: transcript Verlag

ISBN: 3839450276

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 244

View: 2572

LGBTQ people have strategies of resilience at their disposal to help them deal with the challenge that heteronormativity as a power structure poses to their affective lives. This book makes the concept of resilience available to queer literary and cultural studies, analysing these strategies in terms of narration, performance, bodies, and space. Resilience turns out to be a highly interactive mode of being in the world, which can set free creative energy as well as draw inspiration and energy from artistic work. Authors and artists discussed include Katherine Mansfield, Christopher Isherwood, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Jeanette Winterson, Michael Cunningham, and Ian McKellen.

The Glory of our Story

Author: N.A

Publisher: Dead of Writes Publication

ISBN: 9391153097

Category: Drama

Page: 234

View: 4594

We each one of us have our own stories. Everyone knows the story of some people whereas the story of some people is unheard. Some people are like an open book and some people are a mystery box full of surprises. I always loved sharing my stories with family, friends and peers whether it maybe a sad story or the one full of amusement. And that’s why, I like living my life openly with no hesitations. I was not amazed with their reaction though since, I am the speaker I always had to prepare for a criticism. But also, this didn’t stop me sharing my feelings freely. In this world, Women Empowerment is a critical issue. And Women have always proved their worth whether it be economically or in gender equality and we should admire their perseverance and beauty. I was brought up in a place where I faced daily discrimination and criticism just because I am a girl. Although as I grew up, I learned how important it is to break the stereotypes. So, I came up with the title “The Glory of our Story” as we are the first one to understand how important our story to be heard is filled with the jars of emotions. Let each story of ours glorify in the world with a brightest ray of joy.

Stories From My Garden

Author: Rita Curry

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1491712791

Category: Religion

Page: 102

View: 7370

Are you struggling with depression, anxiety, discouragement, or stress of any kind? If so, you will want to read Rita Curry’s book, Stories From My Garden. Rita has suffered from these same conditions, and more. In fact, according to one psychological evaluation, she was close to lapsing into a catatonic state. She has, however, made great gains in her recovery. A large part of Rita’s recovery was achieved while working in her garden. As she observed the beauty there, and then listened in her heart to what the Lord Jesus was teaching her through that beauty, Rita composed the stories that you can read in her book. She says that she has been blessed with the wonderful stories, and she wants to share them with you. Each story, she says, has shown her “another facet of the Lord’s love”. Rita is sure that the stories will speak to you, too, and help you with your own recovery. Find hope for your difficulties and encouragement in your trials in Rita Curry’s book, Stories From My Garden.




ISBN: 9393719292

Category: Fiction

Page: N.A

View: 5225

The works in this book are written to mirror the experiencesof a girl. Ayushee is a daydreamer with a passion for poetry. The book shares all the things she has experienced and seen from her point of view. Edge of feelings is a book about magic, dreams and treasures we seek elsewhere and then end on our doorstep.