Stained Glass Hearts
by Patsy Clairmont
$10.98 Hardback (Amazon)
About the Book:
Much like stained glass, life's broken pieces become the prism through which God's grace shines most brightly and beautifully.
Comparing people to stained glass windows, Patsy Clairmont explains the power of God to restore and redeem that which seems devastated beyond repair, and she does so with the quick wit and deep insight of someone who has been there. And back. Themes of art and creativity are woven together with stories from Patsy's own life. And special features include quotes, suggested scripture readings, sample prayers, and recommended music.
With candor tempered by wind-whipped wisdom. Patsy provides a new lens through which to view our lives. Stained Glass Hearts is a perspective that gives us the chance to see our potential for color, sparkle and great purpose through the grace of God.
I won tickets to the Women of Faith conference this year and I was excited to see that Patsy Clairmont was the main speaker on Friday. In the past I've never gotten a lot out of the WOF conferences but this year with all of it's upheaval and frustrations I think it was made for me. It was a "God Thing".
One of the sections in her book is a bulleted section that I would like to call:
"Choose Gratitude". I'm not going to add the whole thing here due to copyright reasons & you'll get more out of it if you read it yourself but here is the gist:
A Chinese proverb says, "Keep a green tree in your heart and perhaps a singing bird will come." How do you keep a green tree in your heart?
~ Choose Gratitude: We can in the midst of pain thank God for who he is. In return we begin to let go of our perceived rights and rest more fully in his care. (paraphrased)
~ Choose Gratitude: Actively being grateful is a conscious choice at first, then with ongoing attentiveness, a habit.
~ Choose Gratitude: Gratitude thaws hearts, keeps life in perspective and our demands under control ~ and it protects us from our self-serving tendencies.
All throughout Stained Glass Windows you'll find little treasures like the one I just shared on gratitude. You'll find suggested pieces of art where you can take in the fullness of God's creation, his love and care for us. You'll find pieces of music to touch your heart, little prayers to help you rest in God and poems and scriptures to strengthen your courage.
If you know someone that can use courage or strength you might consider offering Stained Glass Windows to them. It would make a wonderful gift that they can read when they need a hug or an encouraging word when they are down.
I received a copy of Stained Glass Windows from BookSneeze to review. I wasn't asked to write a positive review & no money exchanged hands. My words are my own.