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.
|About the Contributor(s)|| Elisa Morgan
Elisa Morgan, one of CT’s top 50 women influencing the church and culture, is a sought-after speaker, leader, and author of 15 books on mothering, spiritual formation and evangelism. Under her 20 years of leadership as CEO of MOPS Intl, the organization grew from 350 to 4000 groups. Publisher of FullFill.org and on various boards, Elisa received a BS from the University of Texas and an MDiv from Denver Seminary. She is married to Evan and has two children and one grandchild.
|Release Date||Sep 3, 2013|
- Review by Allison
Elisa Morgan carried a heavy title for years. She was the CEO of MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) for several years; she embraced everything about motherhood with her God-given desire to connect with young moms everywhere. She also carried heavy burdens as a mother during this time. The Beauty of Broken is a ministry in and of itself, as Elisa shares her family's story as she paints a very raw picture of her thoughts and her journey as a mother through some dark times in the lives of her children. She leads us down her path of brokenness, not with the promise of a perfect ending, rather a promise of a perfect God whose anchor is a permanent fixture in our lives regardless of our circumstances.
Elisa Morgan boldly asserts "there are many who are desperately in need of being set free from the guilt and confusion of the myth of the perfect family that pervades our Christian culture." She tells story after story, describes disappointment after disappointment, and many moments in which relinquishment of her children to God was the only option available. She also admits there were days when she didn't open her Bible as she waited for God to redeem her children.
In The Beauty of Broken, Elisa Morgan gives us hope. However, it's a hope that is counter-cultural to what has been engrained in our minds. She encourages her readers to cling to the promise that God knows our loved ones far more than we ever could, and He knows each and ever step of their journey on this broken Earth.
This book is a must read for moms of all seasons, and anyone who has experienced heartbreaking circumstance with loved ones.
...people mess up and yet are worthy of respect and love and are never-ever-without hope. God holds each family close, crying with his wounded children, tenderly assembling and reassembling fallen fragments, creating us into better versions of ourselves.
I received this book free from the publisher through Booksneeze .The opinions I have expressed are my own.
(Posted on 12/4/13)
- Review by Heather
Elisa Morgan has served as the President and CEO of MOPS International, Inc. (Mothers of Preschoolers), a Denver-based non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, equipping and developing every mother of preschoolers to realize her potential as a woman, mother and leader in the name of Jesus Christ. As the leader of a thriving ministry, she could have easily portrayed the false face of perfection. Instead she has chosen share the struggles she has endured, and the blessings that came from heart ache.
2 Corinthians 1v 6-7 "If we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation. If we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which is experienced in your endurance of the same sufferings that we suffer. And our hope for you is firm, because we know that as you share in the sufferings, so you will share in the comfort."
Hoping that the comfort she has received, Elisa shares her story. As she writes, it may be a familiar story, it may be similar to your own. Coming from a broken family, striving to achieve the impossible, to be perfect and have perfect children, perfect families and perfect lives.
We are all broken. we can not achieve the perfection, the perfectly ordered (controlled) worlds that we may want. We live in a broken world. God makes beauty out of the broken.
At the end of the book you will find an "Appendix of Hope" as well as "Scriptures of Hope".
"I think this is God's growth goal for me, that I become a little more of what He intends me to be- each day." (Posted on 9/25/13)
- Review by chris
Having worked through various breakthrough situations in different areas of her life, she concludes to show the beauty that can be found even in the midst of brokenness.
This book’s subtitle is, ‘My Story, and Likely Yours Too’. For me this story while not being identical to my own did get me to see how similar and broken we all are in various ways and that there is great beauty in the lessons we can learn through the brokenness. I am sure than many people will indeed find their own stories reflected through the pages of this book.
Throughout the book the author, is open, honest and has her own touch of humor that kept me captivated. This book is a must read if you feel that your life is on a pointless downward spiral as it shows you that even in that there is great beauty to be gained.
(Posted on 8/17/13)