Have you ever read a book and felt moved beyond words? Yes? No? How about this, have you ever read a book and had to face some aspect of yourself that you did not even realize needed visiting? Well, that is what this book, A Broken Kind of Beautiful, does.
The story and experiences of this young woman, Ivy, are so…familiar. She could be anyone of us. Caught up in a fantasy world of sorts and confused about what trueness of beauty is. Beat up and broken by circumstances and variables so out of her control and yet very much in her control, in a sense. Hurt and lost in such a way that hope feels like a stranger. Shaped by pain. Wanting. Needing. So much.
And then there is Davis. If I leave my remarks at that, would it spur you on to read this story? His story? I hope so. It should. His plight could be ours. The burden of guilt. The struggle with forgiveness. The self-punishment that we often heap upon ourselves because we think it somehow seems justified.
Ganshert is such an incredible writer, all of her books speak to the heart. This one, however, goes even deeper, if that makes any kind of sense. It cuts to the core of one’s being, in my opinion. It causes one to look at self and get real. No hiding, no excuses. No idealistic untruths. No acceptance of false justice. I love the message of redemption. With it, there is love and forgiveness; there is healing and wholeness.
When a book can stir emotions, facilitate self-examination and teach a grace lesson without bashing or ridiculing, it’s all good. There is so much to consider with this book. I have marked it as favorite. I hope you will give it a chance. Perhaps, it will become a favorite for you. It is, indeed, Christian fiction at its best.
Other: Ideal for a book club or women’s class; Excellent reader’s guide
Many thanks to Katie Ganshert for allowing me the privilege of reading this book. A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. The words I have expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review, nor was I compensated for my review.