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Broken & Blessed

God Changes the World One Person and One Family At A Time

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The first family in Genesis was a mess by anyone's standards but God chose them for His purpose just as God chooses each of us and our families today.

A little nod to those of us who are still feeling slightly half-baked: those with struggling families, cracked relationships, and a world that's showing a little wear around the seams. When God wants to create the remarkable, He chooses to work with the less-than-perfect.

Genesis is a book of beginnings. It is deeply concerned with the origins of things-of the universe, of humankind, of relationships, of sin, of civilization, of families, and of one special family created and chosen by God to be the instrument through which He would bless the world. That family is our family, yours and mine. Like all good family stories, it starts with not just a something or somewhere, but a someone.

Part memoir, part biblical inspiration story, Broken and Blessed is about how change begins when one person decides to believe God's promises and how that makes a change in a family, like ripples on water.

Jessica LaGrone is an acclaimed pastor, teacher, speaker, and writer whose engaging communication style endears her to her audiences. Currently she is Pastor of Worship at The Woodlands United Methodist Church in The Woodlands, Texas, a church with over 8,000 members. In this position she serves as worship architect, planning and developing four of the church's seven weekly worship experiences and working with contractors whose talent in music, media, and preaching build worship services that shine for the glory of God. Her other projects include leading the development of The Woodland UMC's online church initiative and acting as the church's pastoral liaison and chaplain to the Asbury Theological Seminary program. Her popular blog "Reverend Mother" encompasses her dual roles of pastor and mom. She writes, "This is a blog about having a foot in two worlds, and being imperfect, inadequate, and available to God in both at the same time." Jessica enjoys speaking at retreats and events at churches throughout the United States. She and her husband, Jim, have two young children, Drew and Kate.

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