Brokenness doesn’t only find us in the big things—like illness, hardship, or grief. It also finds us in the every day stinging moments when we feel forgotten, or under-appreciated by our loved ones, or sense the inevitable change that years of living has marked on our hearts. We’re fragile and we know it. Sometimes, living with Christ in a messed-up world feels less like victory and more like walking uphill. How do we walk in a way that both glorifies Jesus and bears witness to our weakness?
From the bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are comes the impassioned message: We are desperately loved by Jesus just as we are, and his love compels us to be broken open for others!
Bible Gateway live-streamed on its Facebook page an interview with Ann Voskamp (@AnnVoskamp) and her Zondervan editor, Sandra Vander Zicht, about Ann’s book, The Broken Way: A Daring Path Into the Abundant Life (Zondervan, 2016). The interview took place at Baker Book House in Grand Rapids, Michigan, before a standing-room-only audience.
04:00 — Tell how The Broken Way has changed and formed your life.
05:30 — You wrote The Broken Way out of a raw, honest, and vulnerable place. Tell us what you hope readers might find in its pages.
08:50 — In The Broken Way you say “koinonia is about more than a cup of coffee and small talk; it is the fellowship of the broken sharing brokenness.” In One Thousand Gifts you wrote that eucharisteo always precedes the miracle. And in The Broken Way you write “koinonia is always, always, always the miracle.” Unpack that for us. What is koinonia and why is it the miracle that we need?
12:16 — Speaking of vulnerability, you tell a lot wonderful stories in The Broken Way. You alluded to the story that opens the book about you cutting when you were a teenager. Tell the audience, of all the stories you tell, what is your favorite story.
22:00 — Thank you for telling the story of your adopted daughter’s brokenness in terms of her heart surgery. What encouragement would you offer other parents of children with heart disease who struggle with the question of, “Why my child, God?”
24:10 — What is the one thing you would say to someone with a fairly tragedy-free life who is struggling with doubt about God?
26:00 — You said this on Twitter: “When the church isn’t for the suffering and broken, then the church isn’t for Christ. What is a practical way of suffering for good?
Bio: Ann Voskamp’s the wife of one fine, down-to-earth farmer; a book-reading mama to a posse of seven; and the author of The New York Times bestsellers The Greatest Gift: An Advent Devotional and Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: A Family Celebration of Christmas, and the 66-week New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, which has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into more than 18 languages.
Named by Christianity Today as one of 50 women most shaping culture and the church today, Ann knows unspoken brokenness and big country skies and an intimacy with God that touches wounded places. Millions do life with her at her daily photographic online journal, one of the Top 10 most widely read Christian websites: www.annvoskamp.com