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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Broadman and Holman (August 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433676605
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433676604
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #349,083 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Seeing God in the Everyday Moments Jan. 27 2013
By Leigh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
There is a certain gift in being able to see God in the everyday moments. In our fast-paced and distraction filled lives, it is easy to run through our days without stopping to see where God is at work around us. Yet when we do stop and take it in, we have the opportunity to be and do something far greater than ourselves as we display God's glory through our brokenness.

These are the themes that Angie Smith explores in her new book, Mended. If you aren't familiar with her story, Angie Smith is the wife of Todd Smith, lead singer of the group Selah. She is also a popular blogger and speaker. In 2008 Angie gave birth to a baby girl, Audrey, who went home to be with the Lord only a few hours after birth. The Smith's learned of Audrey's condition early in the pregnancy and their journey through faith and loss is chronicled on Angie's blog. Audrey's story isn't detailed in Mended, but the book is infused with the grace and healing God has brought to Angie through the pain.

Mended is written with warmth and honesty. Angie reflects on the everyday moments of life like a child learning to pull weeds or spinning in the teacups at Disney World and sees God speaking through them. The moments of reflection at the end of each passage guide readers to consider the brokenness and mending in their own lives. Though the book does reflect on biblical truths it is a devotional, not a Bible study. I would recommend that readers use it as a devotional book alongside their regular Scripture reading. The thoughts for reflection included in each reading should make excellent journal prompts. I would highly recommend this book for readers who want to be reminded to look for God in the everyday moments.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a quality review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I did not guarantee a positive review.
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
No focus, all over the place Oct. 12 2013
By Faithieee - Published on Amazon.com
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I started reading What Women Fear by Angie Smith, and it seemed pretty good. My friend suggested we read Mended together and share what we learnt every week. After the 5th chapter, I realized some things that I really didn't like about this book.

1. There seems to be no focus. The author's thoughts (and writing) goes all over the place. In each chapter, she tells a story from her life, then talks about how it made her think about something in her relationship with God, and at the end, she gives us some questions for reflection. In almost all the chapters, I found that these 3 elements in each chapter didn't compliment each other. Instead of working together to make her point stronger, all 3 elements had different points that weren't related (or were very barely related, in fact some seemed quite far fetched), and it frustrated me. It seemed like the author wasn't sure of the point she wanted to make, which was very evident when you read this book.

2. She likes to use flowery language, or talk in a way that beats around the bush. I like a book that gets to the point. Say what you need to to make the point stronger. Don't add extra stuff just for the sake of giving your book a few extra pages. One example is Chapter 14 where she talks about being 'all-in' when you follow Christ, and how there was a fire on the beach when Jesus came to look for the disciples after he'd risen from the dead, and how she thought Jesus was the one who lit it and she'd explain why. Right after that, she launches into how she thinks it's amazing how Jesus asks Peter 3 times if he loves Him and will feed His sheep. She never explains why she thinks Jesus lit the fire, or how it's even relevant to the chapter. I can only think that the fire was important so that they could keep warm and cook the fish, but that's still not so relevant to the main point.

3. She asks the same questions over and over again. My friend and I would feel frustrated that every few chapters, she'd ask the same questions she'd asked before. Sure, sometimes we need to be asked the same questions over and over to check ourselves and make sure we're on the right track, but I didn't pay money to be asked that in a book. I'd just read the book over and over!

4. She assumes certain things about the reader that don't apply to my friend or I. One chapter, she said we sometimes look back to our sinful past and miss that. I never miss that. She says things like we'd rather be somewhere else than near God, and that doesn't apply to me. I'd rather be close to God than anything else. So her advice sometimes doesn't help at all.

I don't think I'd recommend this book to anyone. I think there are better books to read for mending your heart.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
God's hand in brokenness. March 11 2013
By Charles Archer - Published on Amazon.com
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Because of God's great love for us He allows circumstances in our lives to bring brokenness. Angie shares out of her life how god has done this in her life for our good and His glory. Charles
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An Unusual Devotional of Beauty and Depth Dec 7 2013
By Kelly J. Grace - Published on Amazon.com
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Angie writes a beautiful book. I loved the chapter titled, 'Why Weren't You Moses?'. I'd rank her with Ann Voskamp, but Mended is easily read out of sequence, each chapter stands alone. I like that because I can leave it in the car and read it whenever without losing the thread of a long narrative like One Thousand Gifts.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
perfection Sept. 14 2012
By kt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
i pre-ordered the book months ago and was delighted when it showed up a few days after it's release on my front porch. i own angie's previous books and read thru them hearing her voice and her way of making you giggle as you read. i have been a follower of angies since her blog began. it's been a delight seeing her blossom & grow through her journey of loss, through her brokenness & how Audrey's story has been given life, when her life was taken too soon! Angie is a girlfriend sharing her heart in front of so many people on stage at Women of Faith, through her blog & through her writings. Angie, keep pressing on!


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