Broken Things to Mend was given to me by a friend and neighbor, shortly after learning that I was struggling with depression.* Which was kind of funny, because several other people had already recommended the book that week.
I had actually read this book before, but didn’t remember most of it (even while reading it again.) Jeffrey R. Holland is one of my favorite speakers, and he is an especially compassionate Church leader. It was good to read something from him.
This book is a collection of talks/essays, so it’s hard to give the book an overall summary, but I will say this: the first section is wonderful. I can’t say it gave me any tools for overcoming depression, but it did give me hope (which I guess is the opposite of depression anyway.) And more than that, Holland does a very good job of pointing out that having something “broken” about you doesn’t make you any less human than every other person on earth, and that’s the entire reason we need Christ. So it was a good, healing perspective.
My one complaint about the book (and another book I’ve read by Elder Holland, actually) is that the collection is pretty random. The first section is about mending broken things (hence the name.) But after that, it’s just general gospel topics. A bit about the Restoration, a bit about missionary work, a bit about the nature of God. I mean, these are all important topic, but it didn’t feel cohesive. I would rather have read several shorter books, all with their own topics.
Anyways. I always recommend Jeffrey R. Holland. If you don’t want to go out and pick up a whole book, check out one of his talks on lds.org. He’s a gifted speaker and a wonderful man of God. ♥
*When I picked up the book from my mailbox, my upstairs neighbor asked what it was. “Broken Things to Mend, from Lisa,” I said. He hadn’t heard of the book. He thought she was just sending me old junk to fix.