"This book is about a spiritual journey, and I’ve had the privilege of walking alongside my friend Lisa through many of these passages in the fifteen years of our friendship. Lisa is one of the most truly creative people I know, and one of the most soulful. Her writing style is as beautiful as her songs are, and her journey will feel familiar to so many—joy and pain, disillusionment and discovery. She’s a brave and brilliant person, and I’m so thankful for this book."
—Shauna Niequist, New York Times Best-selling author of Present Over Perfect and Bread & Wine
"The Most Beautiful Thing I've Seen" is intimate in a way few books are, so bring along a box of tissues to blot the tears for the journey. It's worth it: this is a work that will show you the miracles all around you - especially in the dark places.
- Mike Mchargue, co-founder of The Liturgists and author of Finding God in the Waves
"In her book, Gungor gives us the most precious gift of all - herself. Through these pages we read the story of mother and daughter, and the transformation as that daughter becomes a mother herself - one unbroken line of womanhood, a journey of becoming and letting go all at the same time. Gungor weaves together the complexity of life, the small and vast, the Divine and the mundane, beauty and pain. This book is honest, and breathtakingly beautiful. It is as much a woman's story, as it is an invitation into the greater story; a story of opening, oneness, and the painfully awe-inspiring journey of being human."
-Hillary McBride, MA, RCC, PhD Cand. Author of Mothers, Daughters, and Body Image: Learning to Love Ourselves As We are. Psychotherapist and co-host of The Liturgists Podcast
“If there’s anyone in the world you want to teach you about wonder, it’s Lisa. When you read this book, your eyes will be opened to the beauty that’s already around you, to all the ways the very life you’re living right now is calling you to be in awe. It will take you deeper, and make you laugh, and cry, and feel at home in your own skin. This is the very essence of Lisa on paper. This book is a gift.”
—Allison Fallon, author of Indestructible: Leveraging Your Broken Heart to become a Force of Love and Change in the World; founder of Becoming Indestructible
Coming June 26, 2018 from award-winning recording artist Lisa Gungor
Lisa Gungor thought she knew her own story: small-town girl meets boy in college and they blissfully walk down the aisle into happily ever after. Their Christian faith was their lens and foundation for everything—their marriage, their music, their dreams for the future. But as their dreams began to come true, she began to wonder if her religion was really representative of the ‘good news’ she had been taught.
She never expected the questions to lead as far as they did when her husband told her he no longer believed in God. The death of a friend, the unraveling of relationships and career, the loss of a worldview, and the birth of a baby girl with two heart defects all led Lisa to a tumultuous place; one of depression and despair. And it was there that her perspective on everything changed. The Most Beautiful Thing I’ve Seen tells the story of what can happen when you dare to let go of what you think to be true; to shift the kaleidoscope and see new colors and dimension by way of broken pieces.
Lisa’s eloquent, soul-stirring memoir brings you to a music stage before thousands of fans and a front porch where two people whisper words that scare them to the core. It is the story of how doubt can spark the beginning of deeper faith; how a baby born with a broken heart can bring love and healing to the hearts of many, and ultimately, how the hardest experience in life often ends up saving us.
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