Patsy Clairmont became one of my new favorite speakers at the Woman of Faith conference I went to a few months ago. That event was the first time I had heard her speak and quickly decided I wanted to read her books as well. So when I was offered Stained Glass Hearts by Patsy Clarimont from Thomas Neilson Publishing in exchange for a review, I quickly accepted.
The premise of the book is focusing on your emotional health and how it relates to how God created us. She begins to explore this concept by using the picture of the broken glass put together to form a beautiful stained glass window. Our brokenness coming together to form God’s beautiful stained glass image in our life is a powerful picture.
But how do we get to that beautiful picture and not just stay in the brokenness? That is the true focus of her book.
It honestly has taken me quite a while to get through this book. Its an easy read, but I think God had me read it in sections for a reason. Relating to God through different creative elements has been a journey I’ve been on for a while, so her book reminded me of things I already knew rather than challenged me to think through new concepts. However, the reminders are really good and needed in the busyness of life.
For example, around this time every year, I forget that I relate to God through nature and stillness and poetry and books, and each chapter of this book took me back to that simplicity of life that I sometimes hurry through. That simplicity is what we all need in life so that we are be able to hear God’s voice. His voice and presence in our life is what allows our brokenness to be healed and turned into that beautiful picture.
“Peace offers such a sacred perspective. Unruffled behavior. Quiet confidence. Calm heart. Untroubled mind. Tranquil outlook. Aren’t you drawn to people with a serene center who have the space and grace to receive others?”
This simplicity and wholeness of life is what I’m pursuing wholeheartedly. Its where I’m most at peace, and I’m thankful God put this book in my path to remind me and bring me back to the emotional place He desires me to be.