Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Book Review: Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont

Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont is an interesting little book. The subtitle "seeing life from a broken perspective" and the description on the back, set me up to see this book in a completely different light than what it turned out to be. I thought this was going to be a book about our brokenness and how God uses that to His glory. Instead, this book seemed more like a series of thirteen loosely connected vignettes where Patsy illuminates a Bible passage or biblical truth with a story from her own life.

I'll be honest. I usually don't read these kind of books. This is the light, breezy kind of book you read on an airplane, at the beach or maybe in bed at night, one chapter each night. For a woman who is very meat and potatoes, lets dig in the theology and leave the raspberry sauce on the side of the plate, kind of woman, this book was a culture shock of sorts. But it wasn't that bad. For one, you can hear Patsy Clairmont's voice in your head as you read her prose. She writes exactly like she speaks. At the end of each chapter, she lists different works of literary, musical and visual art that reflect the same message that her previous vignette illustrated. Being a patron of the arts, I found that very cool.

Overall, I would recommend this book especially to people who read similar books to this. It is well written and the prose is quite colorful. It just wasn't what I expected and I'm not sure I'll read another book by her or of this type. But for me, it was a welcomed change of pace.

I received this book free from in exchange for my honest review.

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