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Heidi McKendrick Author Interview

Secrets of Broken Pottery challenges readers view of God and how they think he seems them. Why was this an important book for you to write?

Growing up in a legalistic, performance-focused church community distorted my idea of God, the Great Potter, for three decades. Looking back, it is nothing short of a miracle that I never lost not only the Potter but also the broken pieces of my life that scattered when my clay pottery broke. My broken pottery falling into the Great Potter’s loving hands is why I wrote this book. I want to share the secrets I’ve learned about Him and my position as His pottery. No pieces of your brokenness are wasted when the Great Potter collects the fragments and takes them to the Potter’s House.

In the book, God is referred to as a potter. How did the idea for this metaphor come about?

The Bible compares us with clay fashioned by the Great Potter Himself (Isaiah 64:8).

What were some ideas that were important for you to explore in this book?

Secrets of Broken Pottery is about broken lives – broken clay pots, and their spiritual healing. Potteries crushed, shattered, cracked, smashed, crumbled, distorted, fractured, and demolished. Ruinations for every imaginable reason. Within this book, I hope, the reader will learn the Great Potter’s plan – how He holds all His clay together. I hope they will learn about His characteristics; His unconditional love, never-ending grace, and faithfulness to the generations. He will never forsake His potteries and He is always in charge of your restoration and reinstation.This book is not about a prosperity gospel or legalistic performance-focused gospel, and it does not promise that problems and brokenness will disappear if only you have enough faith, or do this and avoid that. Instead, this book is about the Great Potter, our Redeemer, who wants a relationship with His vessels of clay. Secrets of Broken Pottery – finding the blessings and spiritual growth in our brokenness.

What do you hope is one thing readers take away from your book?

The book challenges the reader to reflect and re-consider their image of God, the Great Potter, the way they see Him, and the way they think He sees them. As broken pottery we are not only perfectly safe and loved in the Great Potter’s hands, but also cherished. We are loved with the divine love that surrounds our clay pottery inside and out. We are His most beautiful and precious pottery!

I hope the reader will claim for themselves the following truth:

  • Even if I am marred or broken and destroyed, the Great Potter will start all over again¾He will make something new.
  • He will launch a good process, and He will never give up on me – He will see it to the end.
  • None of my broken pieces go wasted.
  • There is strength in broken pottery…

I wish the readers will have the most therapeutic and beautiful process on the Great Potter’s table! I hope they will be fully integrated with His unconditional and unfailing love and never-ending grace!

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Get ready to challenge the way you see God. And the way you think He sees you… Do you feel broken, lost… is your life shattered into a thousand pieces, and you have no idea how to put it all back together? Are you yearning for fresh clay, and a new start? You’re not alone. God is the Great Potter, and through his loving hands, you will discover the secrets of broken pottery, and the strength he has hidden within all of us. In Secrets of Broken Pottery, author Heidi McKendrick strips away the illusions we’ve created around Biblical heroes and presents them in a realistic light, through tales of pitifully broken potteries. This book reaffirms that the Great Potter remains faithful even if we don’t. Heidi has conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars on grace-filled topics of brokenness for NGO organizations, churches, seminaries, and universities. Now, she brings that same passion to readers all around the world. 
None of your broken pieces are wasted! Read Secrets of Broken Pottery, and discover the blessings in your brokenness today! 
The first part of the book introduces broken potteries, reflecting on the reasons for their hurt. Sometimes we break our pottery ourselves, but often, it is by others either accidentally or intentionally. It can also be a force majeure, something that can happen to anyone. The second part tells stories of broken potteries in the Bible. These stories reflect our life struggles and blessings and they celebrate the Great Potter. Every pot is precious, broken or not, the Great Potter never wastes His clay! The third part of explores the twenty secrets of broken potteries for all of us broken containers to reflect on – inviting a spiritual discovery, growth, and healing.  Immersing in these secrets will assist you in ridding yourself of any false images you may have about God. The final part discusses the process of restoration – or as much as is possible on this side of eternity.We all wear scars- but so does the Great Potter. His Light radiates through the cracks of your brokenness.
The main concept of this book conveys the framework of Christian Pastoral Care. It is targeted for Christian potteries broken because of life’s labours and painful blows -many because of their traumatizing experiences in legalistic and spiritually abusive church communities. The message emphasizes the Great Potter’s revulsion of the tarnishing of His name through the abuse perpetrated by so many religious organizations.
Allow the Great Potter to reveal what He sees when He sees you Maybe – you’ve had a wrong impression of Him all along?

Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter

Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter - Being Seen by Him by [Heidi McKendrick]

Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter – Being Seen by Him is a great book for believers that are still trying to find their place in religion and their spiritual life. The author writes about the real world through bible stories. What I loved most about Heidi McKendrick is how the author gets the readers to reflect on self with just a few words. Heidi McKendrick is an excellent author because the content in the book is relatable to many readers. One not only finds answers to pressing questions about God, but also gets to understand higher powers and what is expected of Christians.

The first chapters of the book talk about the broken potter, getting readers to feel free about opening up on their failures and struggles. Heidi McKendrick will get every reader to have a self-defining moment through the text in the book. The second half of the book was also resourceful; especially for readers that often look for stories that are relatable to what they are going through. I like how the author painted the characters in the bible; they do not appear to be super-beings, rather, God’s creatures that went through what many believers go through.

Secrets of Broken Pottery is a fantastically enlightening book that will help readers boost their spirituality and be closer to God. The author’s tone is friendly throughout the discussions and makes readers feel like they are in a safe space. This book will change the way you see God and inspire those traumatized by their religious experiences to put themselves back together and walk with God once again. Author Heidi McKendrick takes readers on a spiritual journey of discovery and provides a salve for the soul.

Pages: 478 | ASIN: B0943TH8VC

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Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter

Secrets of Broken Pottery: Seeing the Great Potter - Being Seen by Him by [Heidi McKendrick]

Secrets of Broken Pottery is an amazing book to read especially if you are familiar with the bible. The author uses different biblical figures, sharing their stories as written in the bible, but explains a different side that many bible readers may not be familiar with. Secrets of Broken Pottery is interesting to read because the author gives you a different perspective of things. The bible has many stories that bring spiritual healing and life lessons for believers. Reading this book makes you realize that there is a lot to be unpacked in the bible. Most of the stories are interesting to read and excite even young kids when they are introduced to bible studies.

In this book author Heidi McKendrick goes the extra mile and explains more than the basics that are taught in bible study. She selected a couple of biblical figures, broke down their characters and wrote about the impact they have. I enjoyed reading this book because Heidi McKendrick makes reading the bible look fun and thrilling. A story you have read more than once appears new when it is told by the author.

One of my favorite things about Heidi McKendrick’s writing is how she compares the stories in the bible to real life situations. You never know that you have gone through experiences biblical figures went through until you read Secrets of Broken Pottery. Stories from David, Joseph, Dinah and even Tamar occur in real life more often than anyone would imagine. Heidi McKendrick skillfully narrates these stories and gets one to reflect on their life and how their relationship with God is.

Secrets of Broken Pottery is a great book for any Christian looking to improve their relationship with God. In the book, Heidi McKendrick writes of different ways people connect with the almighty. Spirituality is intimate for some people and the author acknowledges that every individual’s relationship with God is different from the next person. Heidi McKendrick uses a warm language and knows how to engage with her readers through her narration.

I appreciate the author for referring to God as the great potter throughout the book. This makes the reader feel safe and at peace, knowing that the God they believe in is the greatest of all. Heidi’s language aside, I also appreciate her for the bible scriptures she shares through the chapters. Every chapter in the book spoke to me on a different level. The last chapters were however my favorite as they made me examine myself as a mortal who believes in God, and my purpose on earth.

Pages: 520 | ASIN: B0943TH8VC

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