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.