I started reading Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families by Patti Armstrong and Theresa Thomas hoping to enjoy some quick, easy to read, feel-good stories about family life. You know the kind of book, full of cute and sometimes make you cry anecdotes.
However, the depth of spirituality and strength of love I witnessed in the testimonies in Big Hearted touched me deeply. As a wife and mother, my mind and heart related to the trials, the pain, the joy, the graces, and the real love flowing through the words in this book.
Every family travels an individual path through life. We families come in all different sizes and colors and bear unique combinations of God-given gifts, but we must and do learn, thankfully, from each other’s experiences.
In a time when the God-given institution of family (a holy, not merely social institution) is being contorted and perverted into whatever people feel is right, our world needs to know, see, and feel the presence of authentic families such as the beautiful ones featured in this book.
So, thank you Patti and Theresa as well as all the other contributors in Big Hearted, your testimonies are a true gift for us all!
Big Hearted: Inspiring Stories from Everyday Families
by Patti Armstrong and Theresa Thomas
Publication Date: 2013