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Author Heidi McKendrick’s new book, Secrets Of Broken Pottery, is like no other.  Her unique presentation for inner conflict brings hope to the broken hearted who either live with the pain of past trauma or they haven’t yet found the breakthrough needed for complete restoration.

Her analogy of equating human brokenness to shattered clay pottery points to the many forms of brokenness people suffer from and reveals the self-denial or cover-ups used to avoid acknowledging them. Heidi approaches this challenging subject with her expert psychotherapy training and experience with people suffering from psychological trauma. What I found unique about the book is that Heidi harmonizes her training with scripture and humbly yields to God, the Great Potter, for complete healing.

The book opens the mind for believers to reflect on specific events that shattered their clay pottery and that put them in need of fixing by the Great Potter. To better identify with God’s love, forgiveness, protection and healing, the author pinpoints specific areas of brokenness in the lives of many Bible heroes who God mightily used in spite of the shattering events done to them or that they caused themselves.

There is so much to learn from Secrets Of Broken Pottery for all believers whether we’re in a season of brokenness or a time of lending ourselves to the needs of others. The lesson most important to me was being aware of the brokenness our decisions or actions can cause others to experience.

We should all reflect upon the Great Potter’s love for us and be ever cautious to keep from breaking the pottery of others with harsh words, deceit, selfishness, anger, jealousy, or any negative action that can be used against others.  I highly recommend Secrets Of Broken Pottery because we’ve all been broken at some time in our lives and we’ve all broken the pottery of others, even if it wasn’t by intention.  I also recommend the dynamic hardback version of this book on Amazon. It’s a beautiful experience that includes images and illustrations that add to Heidi’s message.

Matti Kangasoja – Counsellor of Education

Before the time of faith, however, we were kept in the prison of the law until faith came. Therefore, until Christ came, the law was our overseer. When we believed, we became innocent in the sight of God. (Galatians 3:23-25).

In ancient times, children were raised and educated by slaves, who also chastised them.  Of course, these overseer slaves were not the best educators of children.  Paul must have had an overseer slave in mind, when writing about how law and legalism can be the overseers of a Christian.

The law was not and could not be the spiritual educator or guide for the Christian, for “Faith is born of hearing, but hearing is born of the word of Christ.”  (Romans 10:17).

The life and walk of the Christian for the glory of God and for the good of his neighbors are the fruit of the Spirit of new life, they are not brought about by an overseer keen on fulfilling the law or its requirements.  In ancient Sparta, young Spartans were demanded uncompromising loyalty to their comrades and Sparta by their overseers.  If a young man finished his training well, he was a top soldier at the age of 18.  If he failed, he was pushed out of the community and had to spend the rest of his life outside the community as a reject without family, home, and land.

In his faith life, the Christian must constantly choose whether to submit to legalism and live according to the requirements of the law, or to a life set free from all requirements of the law by the grace of God.  An assessment may be necessary as to whether the Christian wants to live in a legalistic or merciful church community.

Professor Heidi McKendrick’s book Secrets of Broken Pottery, Seeing the Great Potter – Being Seen by Him, presents this contradiction in the early church between the freedom of the gospel and the deeds of man.  That is why Paul wrote his harsh letter to the Galatians.

The book addresses the question of how religious communities can understand, teach, and regulate the essential content of the Christian faith in a variety of ways.  These include grace, atonement, forgiveness of sins, questions of the Christian way of life, and other visible manifestations of the faith. Between Paul’s theology of freedom and the demands present in our churches today, a balance may not always be easy to find.

McKendrick’s main theme follows that of the book of Isaiah: “We are the clay, and you are our potter”.  She discusses the life of a good, beautiful, and usable clay pot, made by the Great Potter, in the kingdom of God.  The clay pot can break for one reason or another, even for surprising and unforeseen reasons.  The Great Potter always takes care of his clay pots – even when shattered.  From the pieces of a shattered jar, God makes a new, usable one.  Finally, the clay pot feels whole again, mended by the goodness, grace, and love of God.

McKendrick has experienced all this.  Already as a child, her clay pot shattered in the coercive culture of a legalistic church.  However, the Great Potter did not abandon her.  He collected all the pieces and shaped them into a new pot, fitting and usable for a new kind of purpose.

The book is based on McKendrick’s personal experiences and is thus a very thought-provoking piece.  At the same time, it is her own growth story, a story of how the Great Potter can make something new out of a shattered jar.

McKendrick was born a third-generation member of the legalist congregation, and her  grandmother was one of the founders of the congregation.  She could not choose a church for herself;  rather, she was placed, as she puts it, into this tiny chamber that allowed no room to do anything but what I was told and not do anything strictly prohibited.”  The experiential credibility of the book lies in the fragments of McKendrick’s own shattered clay pot, in the pieces of a broken spiritual life.

McKendrick also examines faith and religious norms as well as people’s lives and interrelationships in the context of man-made performance requirements and control of the legalist church.  Underlying this may well be the legal spirit of the church with its sanctions of success comparable to Spartanism and without the righteousness of faith and the freedom in following Christ.

McKendrick covers various cases of how a clay pot can break under the pressure of various requirements and performance-monitoring.  A person can break their own clay pot, which can happen for a wide variety of reasons.  It can be sheer stupidity or irresponsibility, but it can also happen consciously, when one no longer cares about possible consequences.  We are capable of smashing our own clay pots if we forget to take care of ourselves.

A person may knowingly, intentionally, out of incompetence, or even when meaning good, break another person’s clay pot.  One knowingly doing so not only smashes another person into pieces, but may also end up destroying elements of fundamental nature such as the person’s trust in others, their sense of justice or security. Such experiences can leave deep scars for a lifetime.

Thus, the one who breaks another clay pot may not always understand the consequences of their actions.  If aware of such consequences, they might be ashamed of what they had caused even if they only meant to do good.

McKendrick says she is sure the pastor of her childhood congregation had only the best of intentions in teaching that God will drop hot stones from heaven upon those who disobey.  Neither did her Sunday school teacher mean anything bad when he taught a five-year-old that God reads secret thoughts: if they are not pure, she will not be let in when the trumpet sounds and Jesus takes his own to Heaven.

McKendrick addresses the question “who or what broke the clay pot and why?”  in the lives of numerous people in the Bible.  Their pots were broken by interpersonal problems, distortions of facts, religious problems, scheming, fraud, adultery, rape, or murder.  Although the Bible is usually very sparing with words, McKendrick has managed to portray the feelings of people in a credible, understandable and reasonable way, even without embellishing. She also addresses the various contradictions and everyday realities of life regarding faith, the calling of God, and the religious community and living in it.  In other words, covering all the elements of how and why people have done harm to each other.  In doing so, they have intentionally or unintentionally broken their own or someone else’s clay pot.

The reader will realize that the people of the Bible have lived in greatly varying circumstances and they have sometimes lived very wrongly and against the will of God.  The range of their wrong-doings is wide.  Yet God has forgiven, accepted them, cared for them, and finally repaired their shattered jars.

McKendrick deals with human errors, mistakes, clay pots being smashed by people themselves or by someone else, the human nature in itself. She does so without criticizing or blaming anyone. The Great Potter turns shattered jars into new ones as the following case of force majeure will show, where her understanding and encouraging style is evident. There is nothing one can do to prevent a pot from being shattered, the event in itself has nothing to do with you or anyone else. Nothing that could have been done would have changed the situation and its development until the pot was actually shattered.  Then one can only ask why such a terrible thing has happened “to me, even though I put my trust in the Great Potter and thought about the future with confidence and enthusiasm”.

According to McKendrick, in the event of a sudden breakage – as with other causes of breakage – one realizes that from now on, life will not return to its former state, that is, a broken pot will no longer be the same.  Awareness of this can lead to a crisis of faith where one ponders how to believe in the Great Potter when He does not seem to care.  Or why does He not answer my prayers when most needed?  If He is omnipotent, why does He not help?  Why does He allow this?  Why doesn’t He express Himself when He is anticipated the most?

According to McKendrick, a great crisis is easily blamed on the Great Potter, other people or oneself, one’s own faith, its lack, or the sins one has committed.  When surrounded by shattered pieces, other people may encourage us to trust God and to humbly submit to His will. But to the broken person that, as McKendrick notes, may often sound just like a Christian cliché, like the often-heard “Praise the Lord.”  In the middle of the broken pieces, it is quite difficult to imagine that everything is part of the Great Potter’s plan and that everything has been under His control all along.

But then – sooner or later – and at the right time, “The Great Potter will collect the broken pieces from the floor and place them on his desk. He will mix them with the carefully chosen new clay of his love, grace, and faithfulness.”  And the author continues, trusting the Potter; after shaping the new pot, He places it in the incinerator, adding glaze and color.  “In some cases, He may even add gold to the fractures in praise of your own name and to emphasize the breaking of a pot assembled from pieces as evidence of its survival and endurance.” McKendrick encourages and continues to remind us that the Great Potter gives hope and a future (cf. Jeremiah 29:11), though it would not feel like it at that moment. The Great Potter will take care of the new clay pot as well – even if it does not feel so at that precise moment.

The book has been used extensively to describe the lives of people in the Bible and the breaking of their pots.  In each of them, you can see how differently these people have put themselves in a situation where they were forced to admit that their clay pot is now broken.  The reader can find in each individual story the potting processes described earlier in the book from the breaking all the way until a new pot made of its pieces is ready.  The reader finds something that may have happened to the clay pot of his own life or similarities in how things have proceeded.

David’s behavior and actions are a good example of how “easily” a person can break their own clay pot.  Nathan came to David and made him realize that “I am that man”. David drifted in his life quite by chance, and continued onward guided by his own desires, but very deliberately, with determination, and with the power of a king.  He did not care about the consequences as long as he got what he wanted, and that too in a seemingly acceptable way.  David broke his own clay pot, but the reader can find many individual reasons, even omissions, where David did not take care of himself but rather gave into his own will and let his life be led by it.

Indeed, the phenomena discussed more generally in the previous chapters of the book, or even the author’s experiences, as well as the passages from the Bible, take on a deeper meaning as the reader gains new insights into the many colors of human life.  McKendrick’s way of covering and examining broadens the reader’s own interpretations, helping the reader move away from the familiar and often repeated interpretations towards recognizing the very different experiences of very different people. McKendrick builds interesting and educational stories from the breaking of clay pots, spread of chips and how they are finally restored into a new life purpose. In the reader, these stories awaken the urge to ask themselves questions that deepen their own understanding.  And at the same time, the stories inspire the reader to go back to the earlier pages of the book and to open the Bible to examine the book’s rich biblical references.  They too show McKendrick’s familiarity with the almighty works of the Great Potter and the Word He gave in His loving kindness!  Therefore, almost everything in the text is supported by a rich reference to the Bible not only in the verses associated with each case, but in the overall revelation of the Bible.  It speaks of God’s goodness, love, tolerance, grace, and complete forgiveness and forgetfulness over our mistakes, errors, and evil deeds.  On the other hand, the abundant other source material in the book makes it possible to satisfy a different kind of interest in information.

Whether a clay pot breaks for its own reason, caused by other people, or for some other, even unforeseen reason, McKendrick hopes everyone understands that each of us will break one way or another.  There is no one who has not questioned why our good and almighty Great Potter allows all this pitiful pain for me and will not stop breaking our pot.  But at the same time, it is important for us to have a deeper understanding of what we decide to do once we have been shattered into pieces.  Our decisions matter.  The author asks, “Do you let unforgiveness and bitterness determine the rest of your life?  Or do you trust that the Great Potter will take the pottery he has begun in his love until the end of the restoration, so that you can be in his service again ”.  This is the very same Potter who says to his clay pots, “I will stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and we will eat dinner together.”  (Rev. 3:20.)

What would we like to say to the Great Potter when in His presence and what would we ask of Him? After all, he himself has urged us to leave everything to him, promised to take care of us and bear our burden.  The amount of empathy of the Great Potter is infinite: McKendrick writes about the importance of showing empathy to one another, as we all are broken clay pots in a way or another.  We can bear one another’s burdens, as Paul calls us to do in his Letter to the Galatians. The experiences we all have in our own lives of being broken can help us in showing empathy towards others who have been broken.

“The apostles returned to Jesus and told him what they had done and taught.  Jesus said: Let us go into a quiet place.  You can rest a little. For the people came and went in all the time, and they had no time to eat” (Mark 6: 30-31).

McKendrick stresses that none of us, the broken clay pots, will survive if we just take in the burdens of others.  We must also receive something from the Great Potter for ourselves and let Him take care of our own burden: “Think of the Great Potter.  All the stories about Him in the Bible.  He felt emotion, sadness, disappointment, frustration, betrayal, rejection, pain or agony. ”

McKendrick’s theological insight, scientific competence, therapeutic experience and trust in God, the Great Potter, put together leave a distinctive mark on the whole book that lasts until the very last page of the book.  It challenges the reader, but at the same time, McKendrick challenges church communities, pastors, or us Christians to realize the complete freedom brought to us by grace, the freedom to which we have been called.  As churches and Christians, we have also been called out from under the obligations of the law and the pressure to excel into freedom.

“The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”  (John 1:29) does not mean, according to McKendrick, that there is only one possibility, one short moment of forgiveness, but that “His grace never faileth, it is new every morning” (Val. 3: 22-23). The author emphasizes that we must understand the content of free, undeserved grace.  If we do not understand this, we will quickly begin to see the Great Potter as impatient and frustrated by our brokenness.  We will then see Him as punishing and condemning.  It is difficult for us to trust Him.  We feel insecure about approaching Him.

McKendrick is remarkably open in describing the various contexts of how her own clay pot has been broken.  Foremost, she wishes to help others by covering and sharing her own experiences.  At the same time, the therapist’s and successful scientist’s own life story about breaking and repairing her clay pot is both experience- and research-based and Bible-based therapy for the reader.  After reading the book, right from the very first pages, the author’s own experiences create a supportive and credible foundation for the reader.

At the same time, the therapist’s own life story on the table of the Great Potter is quite biblical. Because of this, too, the reader will be extremely convinced.  McKendrick constantly emphasizes how the Great Potter forgives, heals, repairs and makes anew.  At the same time, she reinforces the reader’s belief that the Great Potter keeps constantly taking care of his clay pots.  He does not seek or approach the broken past to punish.  He never leaves the broken one alone but he wants and has the power to put all the pieces of the broken pot together and build a new pot.

The book does not offer successful theological blessings or promises of legalism and righteousness based on Christian accomplishments or responsibilities.  The book also does not promise that problems or internal breakdowns will disappear.  They may not go away even if a person has enough faith  or if he prays fervently or does this and that or avoids this or that.  No, the book exalts in all our Great Potter, Him who wants to create a loving, caring, and secure relationship with His clay pots through His church as well.  And grace is enough.

McKendrick’s book  is rich in its vocabulary and use of language.  It also has a strong and well-argued critique of the Pharisees of church life and a well-founded critique of such law-based teaching or leadership that crushes. However, she leaves it to the reader to draw the ultimate conclusions as to why so many Christians and their leaders have been crushing the clay pots of others with their own performance requirements.

The book compels us to ask about the roots of the spirituality of our own church community and the conditions for enabling healthy and safe spiritual growth!  Indeed, one of McKendrick’s main wishes is that the church should not be like a prison.  One prison is legalism, which still holds many Christians chained.  Salvation based on deeds, that is, the Christian’s own attempt to earn the approval of the Great Potter by following the customs, prohibitions, or rules set by the church, is far from what Christ meant when he liberated us from the bondage of the law!  “As many as are justified by the law, ye are fallen from the grace of Christ” (Gal. 5: 7).

“At the beginning of the service (in the midst of my gracious seminars in a foreign country) I was told,“ You have already corrupted too many churches with this message, so we will not allow you to speak today. ”  I have to admit, it felt almost surreal when my husband had to pick up my PowerPoint projector and laptop from the pulpit in front of hundreds of parishioners before he was taken out of the church hall! ”

It is possible to find balance between Paul’s theology of freedom and the demands placed on the Christian today.  After reading Heidi McKendrick’s book, one will surely be closer to finding such balance!

Romuald Dzemo

Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter – Being Seen by Him by Heidi McKendrick is an inspiring book that has the unique potential to alter the way readers see God and how they perceive their relationship with Him. In this book, the author offers a fresh interpretation of the biblical analogy of God as the Great Potter, and shows readers how God never wastes a broken piece of His creation. In the first part, the author talks about our brokenness. We are the clay in God’s deft and perfect hands, and we get broken in many ways, and at times through our own fault or through the intentional doings of others. Readers will understand how they get broken and why they are broken and hurt. The second part presents examples of biblical characters, from prophets to social outcasts, from kings to followers of Jesus, characters who were broken like us, but whose brokenness became a tool for God to communicate the power of His creative love. This book is about each of us; it tells our own story, allowing us to see ourselves through the experience of biblical characters.

I particularly enjoyed the third part of the book in which the author shares twenty secrets of broken pottery and uncovers paths to spiritual growth and healing. This book is a wonderful gift of faith and it is easy to hear and see one’s self in the stories. The discussion on the examples of broken pottery is eye-opening and filled with spiritual wisdom and insight, a strong affirmation that God, the Great Potter, remains faithful, even if we are not faithful. From the weeping prophet to the lustful king, from the prophet smashed under the mountain, to the bleeding woman at Jesus’ table, from the Samaritan woman at the well too many other broken and flawed characters, the author explores God’s unwavering love and compassion toward His creatures. As one goes from one biblical story to the next, one begins to understand the steadfastness of God’s love and the unfathomable way He espouses us. The message of this book is powerful; it is one that every person needs to hear, and one that will draw readers closer to God in a journey that is filled with hope.

5 Stars by Christian Sia

Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter — Being Seen by Him by Heidi McKendrick is an inspirational book that discusses our relationship with God, a book that will restore a healthy image of God in most people. The author uses the biblical image of the Potter in which we are described as clay in the Potter’s hand to discuss the dynamics of the relationship between God and humanity, showing how, like a good Potter, God does not abandon us even when we become broken pieces. The author shares the different ways we can be broken, whether by our own intentional doing or by the fault of others, and shows the similarities between our brokenness and the limitations in the humanity of some of the biblical characters that found favor with God, including Moses, Job, Elijah, Leah, and many others.

This is a well-researched and intelligently written book that shows clearly how God sees us; the message is backed by strong biblical arguments. It is the book I should have read a long time ago because there have been those moments I have found myself asking: “My God, why are you so hard on me?” Heidi McKendrick leads readers to a deeper and clearer understanding of the unfathomable love of God which embraces us even more strongly in moments of weakness, brokenness, and pain. Just as a great Potter never wastes his clay, our Creator never wastes any aspect of our humanity; He redesigns us and transforms us to fit His bigger purpose. Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter — Being Seen by Him should be read by everyone. It is a powerful message of hope that will change the way most of us see God. A gift of faith that has the potential to bring hope and joy and love into the human heart.

Review by Divine Zape

Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter —Being Seen by Him by Heidi McKendrick explores the relationship between the potter and the clay. The Potter is God, our Creator, and we are the clay. This book redefines our relationship with God and has the potential to shift the way we perceive God and the way we understand how God looks at us. Using the allegory of the potter, the author writes an inspirational message that is grounded in Scriptures, using biblical stories to share the message of God’s compassionate love and care for humanity. This book conveys the powerful message that God loves us unconditionally, and more so when we are broken and utterly vulnerable.

Heidi McKendrick’s book is a treasure trove for anyone who feels broken, inadequate, and forlorn — and aren’t we all feeling that way? In this book, the author demonstrates with biblical stories and soul-stirring examples how God cares about His handiwork and what He does when we are broken — whether by ourselves or someone else, intentionally or unintentionally. The author walks readers through some of the prominent stories in the Bible to show how God cherished His broken pottery. Examples include Job who saw God; Abraham and his dysfunctional dynasty; Hagar who was invisible and voiceless, but seen and heard by God; Leah who felt ugly and unloved; Dina who was raped and coerced into silence; Joseph, who suffered betrayal and became restored; Tamar, the black widow; Elijah, a prophet who was broken under a mountain; the bleeding woman in the Gospel; Mary, the mother of Jesus; and many others.

The author unveils twenty secrets that reveal the powerful ways God holds us in unconditional love. The message of this book is pretty simple: no matter how broken and weak, how sinful and domineering, how hollow we feel, and how unworthy we are, God loves us in a place where darkness invades our soul. Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter — Being Seen by Him is written in a powerful, compassionate tone that draws the reader completely in, loaded with spiritual lessons that will, undoubtedly, deepen our experience of God.

Grace Masso Review

Heidi McKendrick’s Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter — Being Seen by Him is a wonderfully written, well-researched book with a message that is central in the Bible: God doesn’t abandon His own. The author uses the relationship between the potter and the pottery (God and humanity) to show the solicitude with which God loves His children, even when they feel unworthy and suffering. Even when the pottery is broken, God doesn’t abandon the broken pieces; in fact, He goes after the broken pieces to fashion a purpose, a new creation. Those broken pieces are our hurting humanity, the betrayals we experience, our lack of love and appreciation, our inability to free ourselves from sin, our longing for fulfillment, our inner pain, and the pain we cause ourselves or the one we receive from others. This book shows that the way God sees and loves us is far different from the opinion we have of Him.

I felt showered with grace as I read this book and was thrilled to discover that God called and embraced biblical characters who were not that different from me — Abraham, Job, Hagar, Leah, the Blessed Mother of Jesus, and many others. The author writes in a style that is engaging and conveys a message that touches readers at the very core of their being. There are readers who have been misled to see God as a vindictive person who doesn’t tolerate evil, but this book portrays Him as one filled with compassion and whose inscrutable ways lead us with tenderness back to His heart. This book is filled with spiritual wisdom and insights that will completely change the way most people view their relationship with God. Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter — Being Seen by Him is a gift to be received with gratitude and shared with others. It has a nugget of wisdom for everyone.

Review by Jose Cornelio for Readers’ Favorite

Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter — Being Seen by Him pulls readers into the heart of God and shows them His tenderness and how He sees them. While it is easy to feel discouraged and despairing, especially when we are in difficult moments, this book reflects the way God sees us, not as sinners or broken things, but creatures that He loves deeply. Heidi McKendrick uses the example of the Great Potter from the Bible and explores the different scenarios and situations of the relationship the Potter has with His work. The author demonstrates, with compelling and convincing arguments, that God never abandons us, even when we feel terribly helpless and lonely. Like the Potter who cares about His work, he gathers the pieces — which are very important to Him — and recreates us. The author explores our human brokenness and shows how the pain in our flesh, spiritual, moral, and physical, can make us drift further away from God and then shows us what God does in moments like these.

This book shows readers the relationship between God and humanity, exploring the way God sees us with intelligence and in prose that is graceful and engaging. It is easy to see oneself in this book, and as the author comments on the stories and experiences of some of the prominent people in the Bible and their relationship with God, a clear image of God emerges, one that is loving, tolerant, compassionate, and patient. Heidi McKendrick shares wonderful lessons and articulates brilliantly on the Creator. This is a strong message of hope for everyone, as it reveals to them that they must have had a very wrong idea of God. Like the prophets and powerful men and women in the Bible, God has a way of transforming our inadequacy into a field where He exercises His creativity; the creativity of the potter. If you are looking for an inspiring book that defines your relationship with God, then Secrets of Broken Pottery is the book you should read. I discovered the God I never knew.

Summarized and Reviewed by Tuomo Läntelä

Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter — Being Seen by Him, by Heidi McKendrick. Katamerismoú Publishing, 2021. 520 pages. Reviewed by Tuomo Läntelä.

Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter — Being Seen by Him, by Heidi McKendrick echoes the loving heartbeat of the Good Shepherd, the Great Potter Himself. Ultimately, the Great Potter will do away with all suffering, pain, and injustice. Meanwhile, bad things can happen to anyone and we may find ourselves sitting on the ashes of our broken pottery and burned dreams. The author argues that no matter what the reason for our broken clay pottery is, the Great Potter does not only allow it, but He is aware of it and remains in control. This is demonstrated in the lives of several biblical characters who were mistreated, humiliated, betrayed, and left alone just like any of us. Just like them, if we destroy our pottery by ourselves, it does not lessen His love and care. If our pottery is smashed by others – intentionally or unintentionally, the Great Potter will seek every piece of it, place them on His table and make all new by His creative love and care.

McKendrick carries the biblical examples even deeper. She underlines the unconditional love of the Great Potter as she reveals how sometimes the great names and heroes of the Bible, such as Abraham, Jacob, and David, are the ones smashing their neighbor’s pottery. The Great Potter does not forsake them, as they surely would deserve, but brings out His glory in their lives – even if we are faithless, He remains faithful.

The way the author analyzes the biblical characters’ behavior and feelings is overwhelmingly impressive and unique. The reader finds it easy to empathize with Mary the mother of Jesus as she helplessly watches the soldiers beating her son, and with the adulterous woman who hears no condemnation from Jesus, and with the woman who is liberated as she weeps at the feet of Jesus and with Peter who denies Jesus and is forgiven and with Paul, the pharisee, as he meets the Great Potter on the road to Damascus. The goodness and grace of the omnipotent Great Potter reaches the reader’s own broken pottery as he identifies with the biblical characters.

Heidi McKendrick invites her readers to the path of spiritual discovery, growth, and healing by sharing twenty secrets of broken potteries. Reading the lines of the book is like sitting on the Great Potter’s lap and listening to His calming voice as He unveils the treasure, we all carry within us – the loving, caring, and gracious Great Potter himself. He accepts us as we are. Even if it doesn’t always feel like it, we are His children and He is in control all the way until our pottery will be whole forever.

The book is a unique integration of theological and therapeutic expertise and professionalism with a clear and empowering message. The author shares apostle Paul’s concern about the legalistic influencers in the church and invites the sun of grace shine upon the reader’s broken pottery. It is like studying the second chapter of Colossians at the school of the Great Potter.

It is my pleasure to recommend the book to every Christian who feels like a broken pottery – and who doesn’t? The book is a rich source and an excellent study material for pastoral counselling and Bible schools.

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