Friday, October 21, 2011

Book Review: Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clairmont

I received a complimentary copy of this book to review for my blog.

The publisher gave this description of the book:  "Much like stained glass, life's broken pieces become the prism through which God's grace shines most brightly and beautifully.

"Life is no doubt full of difficulties, but it is also filled with promise and possibility," says best-selling author and WOF speaker Patsy Clairmont. In Stained Glass Hearts Clairmont guides readers to view the difficult experiences of life through the lens of God's grace. Using art as a theme, and likening people to stained glass windows, she shares that it's when we're surrounded by darkness that His healing light shines most brightly within us. Encouraging women to step back and see life from this new perspective, Patsy offers help and hope for the dark places of life.

Along with character studies of women in Scripture, and modern-day, relatable stories, each chapter includes:

Chalice—memorable quotes

Mosaic—recommended music

Spires—scriptures and readings

Litany—sample prayers"

My Review

I was not fond of this book.  The description intrigued me but the actual book was not entertaining or gave me no personal help or ideas as I thought it would.  The author is a RAMBLER and the book mainly consists of personal stories and stories and more stories.  Maybe if I knew  her personally or had heard her speak at a Women of Faith conference then it would have been entertaining, but it wasn't.  I would not recommend this book unless you know more about her.  However, at the end of every chapter there were four "stained glass pieces" consisting of:  Chalice—memorable quotes, Mosaic—recommended music, Spires—scriptures and readings, and Litany—sample prayers.  I found these nice, but had I skimmed to these I could have read it all in one sitting probably.  Just not the book for me.  Plus WAY TOO MANY comparisons to stained glass windows.  A puzzle, a book, a poem, I just couldn't do it or make the connection.  Maybe its because I'm not a fan of stained glass windows?  Not sure.  But not my book.

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