Stained Glass Hearts: Seeing Life from a Broken Perspective is intended to help the believer see God at work among the trail of glass shards in which life leaves one’s heart. In this world, everyone experiences trials and sorrows. These leave our hearts in pieces that we may think unusable, unfixable, and undesirable. In this book, Clairmont uses art to help show the grace of God poured out to take the broken pieces of our hearts and create a stained glass masterpiece. Each chapter closes with several pieces of varying art (painting, poetry, literature, music, etc.) for the reader to google and enjoy.
I really enjoyed the first half of the book. Repeatedly, I found myself identifying with the emotions, faulty beliefs, and hopes that the Clarimont outlined. The early chapters challenged me to deeper faith. A few of the art items that she recommended were moving. But in the second half of the book, it seemed that the theme of art was forced and more central to the book than God’s grace. The final chapter was a bit redeeming as she encouraged the reader to care for the stained glass heart God is so sweetly working on. My final criticism is that the book needs more Scripture! God’s Word is what has the power to heal broken hearts! The book isn’t void of the Bible, but it often seems thrown in as an aside. Overall, I recommend the first 6 chapters and the final chapter.(Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.)