Over the past few months, friends have told me that they are reading “Blessed Broken Given” with their small group at church or with a group of friends. I recorded a few videos when the book released that give an introduction and overview to each chapter. I had also written discussion questions for each chapter. These videos and discussion questions were only available to Christian retailers to use as they sold the book. Until now. Today, dear reader, I give you these videos and these discussion questions in the hopes that they are enrich your reading, whether that’s on your own or with a group of friends.
Here’s a bit about the book:
Blessed Broken Given is an invitation to find beauty and meaning in the ordinary and imperfect aspects of your life; not as a call to settle for less, but rather as a way to mysteriously participate in God’s power and purpose.
I want to empower you to find great joy, purpose, and passion in their daily living. While bread may be one of the most common items on our dinner tables, Jesus chose to take it at the Last Supper and invest deep, wonderful, and transcendent meaning in it. Like the bread that was blessed, broken, and given; readers will see how God uses ordinary experiences to cultivate their mission and their brokenness to bring healing to the world. The ordinary is not the enemy; it is the means by which God accomplishes the miraculous. Through clear biblical teaching and practical steps, the books leads the reader into a more purposeful, directed, hopeful future.
Here is a chapter by chapter overview of the book in this 10-minute video:
Here are discussion questions for each chapter to help small group discussion:
Finally, here are some nice things some of my friends have said about the book:
“Blessed Broken Given immerses us in the miraculous story of God, who uses broken and frail humans regardless of their past failures, present realities, or future struggles—all for His glory and our joy. There is nothing common or ordinary about life in Jesus. As you read this book, I pray you’d be able to see the seemingly mundane and ordinary things in your life with new eyes. It is in the common, the small, and the ordinary in which the creator of the universe is joyfully at work.” —Matt Chandler, lead pastor of the Village Church
“Glenn Packiam is a rare gem—budding academic, songwriter, Anglican priest, charismatic pastor, and fantastic writer. To have Glenn’s mind and heart aimed at the Table, the locus of the church, is a gift to the church at large. This book is well worth your time.” —John Mark Comer, pastor for teaching and vision at Bridgetown Church and author of The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry
“In our world of technology and isolation, we long not just for truth about God but for His personal touch. Glenn has opened a window into our hearts and minds so that we might understand the beauty of life and the love of a Father who is so willing to pour out for us every day. A brilliant book!” —Sally Clarkson, speaker and author of The Lifegiving Home, Own Your Life, and Different
“Meditate on this: ‘In the hands of Jesus, your life becomes broken in a new way. When you place the brokenness of your failure, frailty, and suffering in Jesus’s hands, you become open to the grace of God.’ My friend Glenn wrote these beautiful, life-giving words. This book is a treasure chest overflowing with life-transforming wisdom.” —Dr. Derwin L. Gray, lead pastor of Transformation Church and author of Limitless Life
“Packiam’s triple emphasis—blessed, broken, given—is a combination of three beautiful terms, each explained with Scripture, dipped in theology, and illustrated with narrative. Blessed Broken Given is a book for study groups to read and pray over together to turn this meal into the glory God has given us.” —Rev. Canon Dr. Scot McKnight, professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary
“This book was written out of years of learning and practice. My friend Glenn embodies everything on these pages and lives a life that demands our attention. You’ll find yourself more in love with Jesus as you embrace the timeless truths of this book.” —Brady Boyd, senior pastor of New Life Church and author of Remarkable
“Blessed Broken Given is a brilliant, beautiful, thoughtful introduction to sacramental thought and practice for those hungering for a deeper, more tangible encounter with God and His world. It blends academic rigor with the imagination of a musician and the generous heart of a practicing pastor. I highly recommend it.” —Pete Greig, cofounder of 24-7 Prayer International, senior pastor of Emmaus Rd, and author of Dirty Glory
“Packiam develops the powerful image of our lives as bread. Reflective yet practical, this is a super exploration of an important theme.” —Andrew Wilson, teaching pastor at King’s Church London
“Glenn Packiam is one of the most insightful and compelling voices in North America. He offers us a powerful yet ordinary vision of what Jesus wants to do with our lives, if we would be bread in His hands. A good way of starting this journey of living blessed, broken, and given is to get this book in your hands!” —Rich Villodas, lead pastor of New Life Fellowship
“This book provides manna in the wilderness to countless Christians hungry for a deeper walk with God. Fresh and engaging, it offers a gracious invitation to place your life in the hands of Jesus so that you may be blessed, broken, and given for the life of the world.” —Dr. Winfield Bevins, director of church planting at Asbury Theological Seminary and author of Ever Ancient, Ever New