Patched Together: A Story of My Story
By: Brennan Manning
Print Length: 146 pages
Publisher: David C. Cook; Original edition (January 1, 2010)
Genre: Christian, Inspirational, Religion
My Rating: 5.0 of 5.0
For everybody who's stumbled, fallen, or turned away from God, here's a touching story of grace and forgiveness. Follow Willie Juan as he moves from orphaned boy to prodigal adult to ragamuffin friend of Abba---and experience the joy of our heavenly Father's unconditional love. A moving parable by a master storyteller! Foreword by Amy Grant. 144 pages, hardcover from Cook.
Willie Juan is a young Mexican boy with a crippled leg and scars from an accident. The other children are cruel, making fun of him and embarrassing him even as he tries to believe they will be his friend. He has a wonderful, Godly grandmother who tries to impress him always with her love and the love of God.
One festival day Willie meets the Medicine Man who is the first stranger to ever befriend him. The man gives him a vial of medicine to use to help deal with his lameness and scars. It implies that there will be help, but doesn’t say the medicine will cure him. Willie Juan’s grandmother encourages him to go to a local cave that is considered a place for a vision or dream quest. Willie Juan has an encounter with the Man of Sorrows – God – and it changes his life.
The story is broken into three sections: Morning, Noon and Night. The author follows Willie Juan’s revelations, growth, success, downfall and finally surrender. Willie Juan’s experience is an allegory for everyman’s experience of longing, rebellion and redemption. The story is touching and moving and provided me with a central point for my devotion for the Ladies Book Club: do we recognize and accept that we are a beloved of God?
This was a quick, inspiring read. All of the ladies in book club loved the story and recommend it to anyone who is seeking God or seeking to find peace and acceptance in who they are to God.
I picked this up on sale earlier this year for Ladies Book Club which we discussed 11/11.
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