• Broken Vessels

  • God's Glory Through Flawed Humanity
  • By: Ken Barnes
  • Narrated by: R F McCoy
  • Length: 2 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Have you ever experienced a hurtful situation that left you devastated and disillusioned? Have you ever wondered where God was in your time of need? Are the wounds covered over by the passing years, yet still festering inside of you? If so, be encouraged by Ken's incredible story of forgiveness and redemption. 

Drawing upon inspiration from the Bible, listen how we are just like the wounded and flawed individuals of old. From the Garden of Eden to Abraham and the story of God's people growing into a nation, God used the wounded, overlooked, and flawed to accomplish his purposes. In God's loving care, truth, and humility set free those bound by the pain of a broken past. 

"We can spend our entire lives trying to understand and reconcile what has happened to us," writes Ken. "Despite this, God uses flawed people. He takes earthen vessels, sometimes breaking and remolding them, but always accomplishing his sovereign will. For some strange reason, God's servants often must be broken before they are fit for the Master's use." 

Listen how Ken applied the principles in God's Word to redeem hurtful situations. As the Prophet Isaiah tells all who mourn in Israel, if we walk in God's ways, "he will give beauty for ashes, joy instead of mourning, and praise instead of despair."
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©2021 Ken Barnes (P)2021 Ken Barnes

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Inspirational

The author got real in this book and laid it all out. His vulnerability was touching. His obedience and willingness to submit to authority even when he was not dealt with in a fair manner is proof as to why God could use him and his family.

Narrative was well done.

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More than just a testimony!

This was a great! I think we can all relate in some ways to this story. Give it a go! It's a great testimony to God and much more than that! ❤️

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Broken Vessels

I think this book will speak to everyone differently but it definitely touched me where I needed it most! It was a reminder to me that God’s love for me isn’t based on my performance for Him but my position as His child! Excellent book!

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can be a Bible study

I listened to this book and I feel this is not a once and done kind of book. I believe there is a lot to glean and much to internalize and from which go learn. This is a whole lot of book. Thank you for your transparency and also allowing me the opportunity to review your work.

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An inspiration!

I don't want to say that I enjoyed this audiobook, because it was so much more! From the author's own life experiences, we learn how God gave him opportunities to be successful and happy, but it was up to him to make the right choices. In an unapologetic way, Mr. Barnes avails us of the highs and lows in his life, giving glory to Him! So worth every moment!

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An encouraging listen.

This book is filled with useful honesty in a way that holds your attention. Much can be learned from reading about fellow believers’ challenges and I’d like to think we can gain some life wisdom from their pain, even if it hasn’t been ours. I benefited from the relatability of Ken’s openly sharing the effects of the challenges that he faced and the emotions that came with them. Very few people share the messy truth of conflict in a way that can help others and I think Ken has achieved that.

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Inspirational

This book hit close to home. Disappointment in the people who let us down seemed to be a constant in our ministry. We have been through many of the same types of situations as this author. So his spiritual take on this subject was encouraging. We, too, ended up right where we belong. The author shares his personal experience and the answers he found in God's Word. Anyone going through this type of difficult time, in ministry or life in general, could benefit from this book.

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I think the story in this book is cute and humorous. It all moved rather slowly at times and made my interest wane. In the end it seemed everyone came out okay and it was a happy ever after type of finish. I think I was let down having expected something different.

I was disappointed in the narration. It wasn't what I would describe as bad, but lacked the expression to pull me in. I think I would have enjoyed the e-book more.

I requested this audio book from the author and am voluntarily leaving this review.

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Being a broken vessel is NOT the end of our story

The story of Ken's life is relatable to many of us. We are all broken vessels. Ken demonstrates that through God's power we are made whole again. His humble story was interesting and affirming, and encouraging.

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Learning from Mistakes to Become a Better Person

In this book Ken looks at his own mistakes and invites you and me to look at that guy in the mirror. Lessons he learned are lessons all of us need to learn. His story is simple yet practical and applicable. As Ken states: “Holding on to our wounds hinders us from seeing the big picture. It keeps us focused on what happened to us instead of Kingdom purposes.”
May we all learn from our mistakes and become better people as a result.

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  • 08-10-21

Excellent

I received a free code to listen to this book and I did so willingly

Thank you for a true life story I could relate with. I know how difficult it is to share your flaws with others, but I know this book can be a great way to make people see that there is others struggling with the same difficult situations.

May God bless and keep you safe.

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  • John Lars
  • 06-11-21

A great listen

As a Christian, this really touched my heart. It was incredible listening to this open and honest experience with Ken Barnes' life and walk with God. Finding your faith isn't always easy or a straight path, and this book demonstrates that. But the end is truly worth it, knowing God is working in your life. I felt moved and inspired. Would recommend to everyone. 5/5