The Broken Way is the highly anticipated follow up to One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are. In The Broken Way, Voskamp shares her gritty and honest confession of carrying the weight of an unspoken broken. She shares, “There isn’t one of us who isn’t carrying their own unspoken broken.” Throughout the book, Voskamp speaks intimately about overcoming her brokenness. She dares the reader to sojourn alongside her on the journey of finding the abundant life within our one broken life.
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Earlier this week, Mrs. M., my 82-year-old neighbor battling cancer, rung my doorbell and handed me a crimson poinsettia and an enormous hug. She broke the embrace, kissed my cheek, and whispered, “I love you, Merry Christmas.” We are both battling our own broken.
Earlier this summer, God taught me the lesson to “Go in the strength you have” (Judges 6:14). Armed in the strength I had, I walked two doors down, holding onto the Mason jar filled with blooms from my back yard. Ever joyful, Mrs. M was thrilled for the surprise visit and humble backyard bouquet. Initially, I was hesitant to visit because I had nothing special to offer. I had no grand meal prepared, no cookies baked, not even a card. All I could offer was a canning jar backyard bouquet and myself.
Since that day, Mrs. M and I have initiated our own language of giving. A few days later, she returned my Mason jar filled with flowers from her backyard. This exchange carried on all summer. On chemo weeks, I send over soups and on non-chemo weeks, I share cookies. But more importantly we share time with one another. One broken person, being the gift to another broken person.
This exchange between my neighbor and me is the theme of chapter six of The Broken Way. Voskamp asks the question, “What’s even better than a bucket list?” Voskamp explores this question while surrounded by others dealing with their own unspoken broken, in the physician waiting room. While reading a magazine article on bucket list, she questions the editor’s opinion of the importance of creating a bucket list. She wants to find the writer and tell him, “Look, the whole lot of us are done with waiting room theology. We are done waiting for some elusive future moment to say life is good enough” (Page 87). She asks the question, “What if instead of waiting for good enough things to happen to us, we could be the good thing to happen to someone else who’s waiting?
Since my chronic illness diagnosis, I have struggled with feelings of uselessness and inadequacy. The Broken Way, A Daring Path into the Abundant Life, has helped me to reassess my purpose. I can take my one broken life and #bethegift for someone else.
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