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.