4 out of 4 stars
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Chipped, Cracked and Broken: Becoming a Vessel of Honour by Edith Wariara Kariuki is a self-help book that guides readers on becoming instruments of God. As a Christian, I have always wondered about the best ways to serve God, my purpose in life, and how to fulfill my purpose. While there are numerous books out there with different interpretations of how to go about this, I have never really gotten any clarity on this subject. So, my expectations of the message in Chipped, Cracked and Broken were really high.
Edith Wariara Kariuki delivers her message in thirteen concise, easy-to-read chapters. The first thing that intrigued me about this book was the author's description of people as different kinds of vessels: the chipped vessel, the cracked vessel, the broken vessel, and the whole vessel. The whole vessel represents what Christians should aspire to be, and that refers to people that have a full understanding of their purpose in Christ and a personal relationship with God. The features of the other vessels are also described, and readers will be able to identify which type of vessel they are and work towards becoming whole vessels following the author's lessons.
The author's message is quite refreshing and will give readers a lot of hope, as the message that everyone, regardless of your past, can become a whole vessel for God is reiterated. Another important aspect of the book is the author's use of both personal stories and stories of people around her to give examples while dishing out her lessons. It helped me relate to most of the things discussed. I particularly saw myself in the author when she talked about how people serve God in fear instead of love and faith.
The book is very comprehensive, and it answered most of the questions I had on this subject. Edith Wariara Kariuki relies heavily on relevant verses from the Bible to support her lessons and help the readers see that this message is not from her, but it is from God using her as a vessel. The power of forgiveness as a means to become whole is also highlighted. Although the author admits that it may be difficult to forgive and let go in some circumstances, her encouraging tone will open readers' eyes to the benefits of forgiving both themselves and people that have wronged them, and I loved it.
I did not find a single error while reading Chipped, Cracked and Broken, which implies that the book was professionally edited. I cannot think of much to dislike about this guide. The only thing that bothered me was that the author was repetitive at times, but this can also be a positive feature, as readers will constantly be reminded of key messages they may have forgotten while reading through the text.
Overall, Chipped, Cracked and Broken is a solid offering from the author and will help to change Christian lives positively. Therefore, I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars. I would recommend the book to Christians looking to find their calling in life and improve their relationship with God.
Chipped, Cracked and Broken
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