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Romuald Dzemo

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.

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