Utah author Tiffany Webster’s "Embracing the Broken: Letting Go of Perfection and Living by the Power of Christ’s Grace" reaches into the depths of her struggles with perfectionism, chronic illness and other personal trials to inspire and uplift readers. Webster digs deep to find the root of the perfectionism that drove her to her breaking point — pride.
On the outside, Webster looked like she had a perfect life — good student, athletic, loving husband and business owner. But appearances, as they often are, were deceiving. Ignoring the signs of a growing chronic health issue coupled with a need to continually add more to her life in an effort to fulfill perceived expectations, she hit rock bottom. Once there, the only way out was to turn to God.
Webster focuses on a lie, the perfect lie, that many people tell themselves. A good desire — to become more like Christ — becomes an attempt to achieve that goal without the help of the Savior. But then grace, forgiveness and gratitude make their way into the picture.
By focusing on truly understanding the important role that grace plays in providing daily strength not just after all we can do, Webster brings the reader to a series of interconnected principles that encourage letting go of perfectionism to let in Christ.
Webster beautifully weaves her story with gospel principles from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Finding joy in her own journey has led to inspire and start others on a path of their own. All paths lead to the Savior through his saving grace.
Embracing the broken isn’t about embracing those who are broken, but about acknowledging the broken within each of us. She successfully makes the argument that there is mending within each of us that only the Savior can provide.