Saturday, May 17, 2014

A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Katie Ganshert

A Broken Kind of Beautiful by Kate Ganshert is a book about a lot of different things. It is the story of a girl who has lived superficially, as a model for 10 years, who is now faced with a new direction for her life/career. Ivy, the main character, seems to have a great life on the outside, but as the story progresses, she is seen to be a girl without connections, without love, without hope. Her family is all messed up, and her place/connection is as well. I don't want to give too much away, but suffice it to say that all is not well in her life :).

She goes to live with her biological father's wife and work with her on a special project. While involved in this, she faces many decisions and challenges, spiritual and emotional. As I read the book, I felt more and more hopeless where the main character was concerned. Near the end she gave her life to Christ, and begins to live with hope. Read the book, it's really not as abrupt as that may sound :)

One of the segments/themes that I enjoyed in the book was when Ivy confronted another character as he has stated that God would forgive her. She responded, how could God forgive me when He can't forgive you? You see, this other character was living a life of self-punishment for things that he had done in his past; he wasn't living according to the words that he gave Ivy. HE also needed to understand that God forgave him also.

Is it a good book? Yes. Is it an easy, fluffy summer read? no. BUT don't let that stop you!! :) It's an enjoyable book, with several good messages to share/illustrate for our lives as well.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review. I was not required to write a positive review.

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