"You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me."

-C.S. Lewis

What we read has such an impact on us, and I am always on the lookout for something that will inspire me to be a better person. Here is a sampling of books that have been in the teetering stack sitting on top of what is rumored to be my bedside table.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Stained Glass Hearts - Seeing Life from a Broken Perspective, by Patsy Clairmont

Stained Glass Hearts, by Patsy Clairmont, purports to discuss the feelings of brokenness - the sense that life must be something more - that many of us have.  The book is advertised as showing the reader how to see her life in a new way. The reader is to be led to see her life as a work of art.
I was excited to read this book to see what wisdom the author had to impart. Certainly, she is an interesting writer, with tidbits and anecdotes meant to stimulate the mind of the reader. At times, however, I found these anecdotes to be rather disjointed, making the book hard to follow.
There were a few ideas in this book on how to mend one's emotional health. The author gives sound advice, but I found that the advice was thin based on what I expected.
The real beauty of this book lies in the interactive portions at the end of each chapter. The reader is invited to experience God's world through music, art, and literature, and nature. These sections awaken the reader's senses that, yes, there is something more to life than day-to-day existence. So many people have used their God-given talent to provide the world with meaning and life. This book will lead the reader to explore the sheer artistry of our world, and to learn to enjoy the intricacies of life despite having broken, stained-glass hearts.

Three of Five Stars
Disclaimer: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.