Natasha’s Study: The Broken Way

Natasha’s Study: The Broken Way

Today for “Natasha’s Study” I am reviewing the book, The Broken Way: A Daring Path into the Abundant Life by Ann Voskamp.

The Broken Way

Why I picked up this book:

2016 was a pretty traumatizing year for many people of color in America, and at the time of this book’s release, I thought it would be exactly what I needed to nurse myself back to a place of healing.

 

Who Should Read The Broken Way:

Readers who enjoyed “One Thousand Gifts,” will also appreciate this contribution from Ann. While reading, I was reminded over and over again that we are all broken. We are just broken in different ways. If it is your desire to journey through your brokenness, then this would be a good resource for you.

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Mentoring 102: Joy

I just returned home from spending the majority of last week in Alexandria, Virginia where I participated in the Missio Alliance “Awakenings” conference. I will be writing several follow-up articles over the next couple weeks, and can’t wait to tell you more about it.

In the meantime, I am resuming our Mentoring series.

Among Christian evangelical circles, there is a lot of dialog about women, leadership and discipleship right. I am so glad that I not only have the opportunity to participate in these conversations, but more importantly that I have something tangible to offer when people ask, “What can we do about women who lack confidence in their ability to lead in the church?”

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Book Review: “Prophetic Lament” by @profrah

Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times

To believe that the United States has assumed the mantle of blessing from Israel is a faulty assumption. Israel’s exceptionalism arises from God’s grace. There is no scriptural support that the United States has earned God’s favor as an exceptional nation.

– Soong-Chan Rah

Why I picked up this book:

Prophetic Lament book cover

I have found Soong-Chan Rah to be a thoughtful and honest theologian, prophetic voice, critic and lover of God’s church. I was thrilled to hear him speak on this topic shortly after the book’s release and received a copy of it then.

Who Should Read Prophetic Lament:

I believe this is essential reading for anyone who considers themselves a leader in the church. The subtitle speaks for itself, “Call for Justice in Troubled Times.” I don’t think I have personally observed or experienced as much injustice in my lifetime as we are witnessing and experiencing today. I am troubled by the senseless violence, the growing “wealth” gap between the haves and have nots, the abuses against women and vulnerable children, the complete disrespect and disregard for God and his holy standards, the devaluing of black lives and targeting of black men, the destruction of families, the growing hate speech, rhetoric, and false reporting that has become common place in the age of social media, and that’s just to name a few. The temptation of everyone in this time is to blame or ask God, “Where are you?”

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