Broken into Beautiful

I had never heard of Gwen Smith before I picked up this book. I came across this title and thought it sounded like a message worth exploring. This book is all about how God restores the wounded heart (that’s its subtitle) and it is excellently done.

Gwen Smith is incredibly genuine. You know how you can sometimes tell when you are reading a book that the author ‘likes the sound of their own voice’ and are talking just to talk? Just because they can? Just because they managed to sell the idea of a book to a publisher? Well, that’s not Gwen. There was something very real in the way that she shared her own story of brokenness and related various other women’s stories that drew me in, as the reader, and encouraged my own soul.

Gwen Smith’s story is that she had an abortion in college which she proceeded to keep a secret for the next fifteen years. She had no intention of sharing her story at all because she accepted forgiveness for herself and had experienced God’s grace in this particular situation. Although involved in public music ministry she did not feel like she had to share every bit of her past to somehow justify her position in ministry. I do believe I agree with her opinion in saying that it’s not necessary to “empty your trashcan” to the general public but it is important to share your story if God asks you to. He asked her to and she has been obedient in doing so, which opens up an entirely different ministry of healing.

In this book she not only shares her story, but the stories of other women and the problems that they have faced in their path. This is not done in a vulgar way at all, but rather exercises a great deal of taste and maturity that I think is quite admirable. Coupled with the fact that she compares each individual woman’s story with a story from scripture, this book is quite well done. Smith doesn’t leave the answer to life’s problems in human hands nor does she rely on human wisdom (or the lack thereof) in facing the sin and dealing with it. Rather she throws her readers in the right direction — before the Throne of Grace.

This book is tasteful, encouraging, compelling and necessary. This book fulfills a need in a sympathetic yet solidly Biblical way for which I am incredibly grateful. After finishing reading the book I hopped on Youtube and watched an interview with Gwen and was left with the same impression of sincerity. She is a beautiful woman and has a beautiful story to share. To learn more about the book or to read an excerpt of it, check out the publisher’s, Harvest House website here.

I’d strongly encourage it because I believe you will find yourself blessed in doing so. I know I was.

If you’d like to win a copy of this book, leave a comment and we’ll announce one random winner next week (U.S. addresses only).

Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.


  1. says

    This sounds like a wonderful book. It’s always amazing to see how God works in people’s day to day lives. I’d love the opportunity to read Gwen’s story. Plus, on a side note, the cover is beautiful.


  2. jenna says

    It looks like a great book, I would love to read it. Sounds like a book that will make you stop and think. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. amandasue says

    This sounds like such a good book and a wonderful read for a path of healing. Thanks for entering me.

  4. MRS.MOMMYY says

    looks like a great book..probably a box of tissues kinda of book but I love to read and this sounds great

  5. Jack Palmer says

    Thank you for this giveaway I hope it helps someone who is broken hearted learn to trust again.

  6. Rachel F says

    This book sound like it could be an inspiration. I have a similar story and have been struggling with my past for awhile. I would love to read it and get some insight on her story and triumph. Please Enter Me!

  7. Annette Dover says

    I would love the chance to win this book. It sounds very inspiring and we all can use that!

  8. Karen says

    Please enter me – I’ve had 2 abortions, and even though they were many years ago, and they were due to physicians’ lack of informing me that medication I was taking for seizures would interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills, I still struggle with the decision I made and if God can forgive me. thank you.

  9. NikeGyrlz says

    I have gone through something similar over 10 yrs ago and I’m still struggling each day with it. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  10. Joyce Moore says

    I would be interested in reading this book. God does amazing things. As a Christian we have to ask for a lot of forgiveness.

  11. Catherine copeland says

    my personal experience with God is that he is always there for me. I’d love to read this book

  12. Sheila says

    This sounds like a very interesting and good book! I would like to win it very much! Please enter me in the sweepstakes!

  13. Carrie Baird says

    This sounds like just the book I need right now. I would also like to share it with someone else. Thanks for the contest!

  14. Kelly F says

    This looks interesting. You made it sound like a book that I need to read and I might just check it out at my library.

  15. vicky says

    This would be a book that I would enjoy reading very much. I know how god has changed me and it amazes me every day. thanks

  16. Karen F says

    I would like to give this book to my friend. She lost her mother, and her best friend and mother in law to cancer this year. This might help her.

  17. Shirley S says

    This is just what I need right now in my life. Other christians’ testimonies are always an inspiration to me.

  18. Brandy says

    This book sounds great! I am trying to teach my 2 and 3 year olds about god and that he will forgive everyone if they ask forgiveness and repent. God teaches us everyday to accept and apprectiate everyone in their own way. God Bless You!


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