Find beauty and hope by facing and dealing with the messiness of family life. The family is an imperfect institution. Broken people become broken parents who make broken families. But actually, broken is normal and exactly where God wants us. In The Beauty of Broken, Elisa Morgan, one of today's most respected female Christian leaders, for the first time shares her very personal story of brokenness - from her first family of origin to the second, represented by her husband and two grown children. Over the years, Elisa’s family struggled privately with issues many parents must face, including: alcoholism and drug addiction, infertility and adoption, teen pregnancy and abortion, divorce, homosexuality, and death. Each story layers onto the next to reveal the brokenness that comes into our lives without invitation. "We’ve bought into the myth of the perfect family," says Elisa. "Formulaic promises about the family may have originated in well-meaning intentions, but such thinking isn't realistic. It's not helpful. It's not even kind." Instead she offers hope in the form of "broken family values" that allow parents to grow and thrive with God. Values such as commitment, humility, relinquishment, and respect carry us to new places of understanding. Owning our brokenness shapes us into God's best idea for us and enables us to discover the beauty in ourselves and each member of our family.
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Trials/ Teenagers/ FAITH
The stories of her trying to lead a "perfect life" and all the obstacles along the way. Very real to all christian mothers, daughters, sisters. Trusting God and thanking him for everything.
The story of her growing up in an alcohol home, this is so true for many people. I think a lot of moms can relate.
The author said something about your children turning into adults and as parents we are not responsible for their bad decisions also the bad decisions of your parents are not your fault. .
This book hit home for me, as I think it will will for all women. We are all living the Beauty of Broken.
Real, heartfelt, relatable story. Wonderful reminder of how everything we struggle with and go through in life shapes us into better people, into who we become. God loves us too much to leave us how we were before.
I learned so much and have a different perspective on my relationship with God. Thank you Elisa for opening your heart and sharing your life and testimony with us.
I liked how Elisa Morgan shared the stories of the significant people in her life and how they impacted her. Very insightful. Very thought provoking.
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