Ann Voskamp answers tough questions about a word that can both harm and heal


When Ann Voskamp ascends a stage, the only sound you hear is the air conditioner. Her fans and readers hold their breath, knowing that the lyrical writer never wastes a word. Voskamp’s command of language has transformed her from a simple farmer’s wife to a New York Times bestselling author, and it is also part of the reason I decided to interview her for “On Faith and Culture.” I wept over the opening chapter of Ann’s first book, One Thousand Gifts, the first three times I read it. Her passion dripped from the pages and her words tapped on my heart’s door until I opened up and let her inside. Her newest book, The Broken Way, showcases equally beautiful prose and explores the theological significance of a word about which I feel conflicted: brokenness.