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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.

©2018 Lisa Gungor (P)2018 Zondervan

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One of the most beautiful things I have read.

This book is beautiful, raw, painful and a must for anyone who has experienced a faith change or know what it is like a raise a disabled child. I can't recommend it enough.

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  • Marissa Maharaj
  • 08-08-18

A beautiful guide for how to embrace your story

In this must-read memoir, Lisa Gungor bravely shines a light on the intricacies of her personal story, which allows us to be curious and ultimately embrace our own stories. Lisa invites readers to examine tender themes like motherhood, spirituality, ableism and tribalism, without casting shame or judgment. Instead she graciously offers her experience as a bridge to our own self-discovery. Thank you for your voice, Lisa.

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  • Meaghan
  • 06-08-18

Refreshing

Any book that could possibly fall into the 'Christian self-help' category is typically on my 'avoid' list.
But you should never judge a book by it's cover!
This does not fall into my 'avoid' list.
The only thing I knew about Lisa Gungor was that I heard her music in religious settings.
I didn't know that her story, basically a letter to her mother in the form of a book, would make me cry, make me feel understood, give me pause to reflect, cause me to stop and hurriedly jot down lines I needed to look back on. She reads it with a cadence as though the entire piece is a poem, a work of art.
Lisa's journey of coming into her own beliefs and faith is deeply touching and inspiring.
It left me feeling a little less alone in this world.

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  • Dorean Carrasco
  • 01-08-18

purely gorgeous!

I loved this book from beginning to end. Her willingness to share her story ~ the successes and the failures, her vulnerability, her ability to open your eyes to new things, to new perspectives - it ended me. In a good way.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-07-18

Beautiful and Raw

This book is beautiful and a very well articulated story of humanity, society, and one's personal journey amidst these. The reading was touching, as I heard the voice and words of Lisa Gungor tell a raw and personal story.

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  • Denise Whitney
  • 16-07-18

A Beautiful, Sacred Story

Heartwarming and challenging. A beautiful story of navigating this world we live in, and a great reminder that our stories are Sacred Text.

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  • Jessee
  • 03-07-18

Refreshing Honesty & Vulnerability

Our perception of the world and our communities, through the lens of social media, lacks the vulnerability that we crave as human beings. Lisa’s book is a connecting point to the joys, struggles and pure passion that can sometimes get buried in our lives. The fact that Lisa narrates her own book only deepens the impact of her journey.

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  • Cheri
  • 03-07-18

A vulnerable and beautiful story.

I personally have followed the work of Lusa Gungor for about 8 years and I feel that her work always has a way of breaking me open and helping me find my way. This book is the beautiful, raw and open culmination of her body of work.

In her vulnerability and honesty, Lisa opens us up to not just to who she is, but also our world and ultimately ourselves.

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  • Justicepirate
  • 05-07-18

3.75 stars!

Lisa writes very beautifully. She is a wonderful person and I really enjoyed how she poetically expresses herself and her story.

I listen to Gungor regularly and love their music so dearly. I actually was not aware of any of the things she talked about in this, because honestly, I don't really follow people on social media or pay attention. I was actually very surprised while listening to this, but it did not change my heart and love for this family or their music.

Lisa talks a little bit about her upbringing, usually focusing on her mom and how similar or different they have become in their relationship. She also talks about how she met and started dating Michael (this was adorable by the way, and the whole kissing the neck and cheek thing made me laugh). Sexy time is fun!

I actually related a lot to portions of her story. She was raised very similarly to myself with the "edifying music" rule and Pentecostal type of lifestyle that was forced or too strict. It always bothered me how the Assembly of God church I went to handled things. I understood fully what was mentioned in this book. I also married young as she did and love my husband more than ever and I loved learning how their relationship works.

Many times my husband would surprise me with things he would struggle with in his time reading the Bible. I had a hard time with him questioning God or even asking questions, but now I find myself questioning many of the things, and I think it is a healthy thing to do in order to grow more deeply in my faith, so I am glad that Lisa asks questions.

I think my only sadness about this story is how confused and emotion filled Lisa sounds in the middle to the end of this story. She seemed to feel really alone, and I understand that too, as I have been rejected by friends because of certain things that I have questioned, and therefore they question if I am a Christian. I believe fully in Jesus' saving grace, so I feel that Lisa has endured similarly, except that she has been in the limelight and therefore gets more heavy opinions on how she lives thrown at her (which is terrible). We are accountable for our own lives and choices, not others'. I just feel like many times she blames God for the wrong in the world because she saw a lack of Him through the things that go on. I think maybe her focus is more on the people who do those hateful acts rather on the God who loves and sees those oppressed and often times does help them (I work in the field of human trafficking, and I have seen God through the most horrific situations). I think that is what hurt. We forget that man has a choice and the outcome of the sin of man can affect too many others, which does seem unfair, but God is not to blame, man is. I do understand her mentality though because I had really hard times focusing on the good when all I did was hear of such evil atrocities. I think we all do that at times.

Although I disagree with some of Lisa's ideals, I see her as valuable and beautiful. She is smart and filled with such love. I think we'd get along really well (and I want in on one of those dance parties too). I feel so similar in many ways to her. I am sad so many shun her and look down on her family rather than encouraging and being there with them.

The bulk of this book is about Lucy, Lisa and Michael's daughter with down syndrome who brings them so much joy and light. I really enjoyed learning about this. It taught me some great lessons in listening (oh yeah, I listened to this through Audible).

I think for most Christians, they might have a hard time listening to this. They would probably be filled with anger. If you do read or listen to this, don't do that. I loved how this book ended. So very nicely wrapped up!

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