A journey of family secrets, finding true worth, and discovering how brokenness is made beautiful, Sweet Like Jasmine is a celebration of what it really means to belong.
“Sweet Like Jasmine is the gift, a beautiful remembrance that God treasures each of our broken hearts in His sweeping story of redemption.”
Ann Voskamp, New York Times best selling author of The Broken Way
Growing up as a Chinese American daughter of a mail-order bride and a busboy working in San Francisco Chinatown, Bonnie Gray had never truly felt beautiful or beloved. She had built her life to look pleasant and ordinary, with a wonderful husband, two amazing boys, and a thriving career. But despite these blessings, she still felt the tugging emptiness of a missing piece.
At 39, a long-forgotten birth certificate in an old file cabinet sparked a curiosity Bonnie couldn’t ignore. Determined to uncover family secrets and understand the home she was born into, Bonnie embarked on a journey that would leave her forever changed. Returning to the culture, places, and stories that shaped her, her search led her to soul-shaking discoveries about her identity, human kindness, and what it truly means to be loved.
Sweet Like Jasmine is a profoundly moving account of how God uses our unique and broken stories to create a beautiful mosaic of His love, one life at a time.
- Feel seen and valued, because you are worthy of loving, resting in God’s love for you.
- See the grace woven in each chapter of your life and embrace the wholeness of who you are.
- Learn to listen deeply to your life and feel empowered in your true worth.
- Find freedom, hope, and healing in rewriting your stories with faith.
- Through powerful truths and insightful reflection prompts, find beauty out of brokenness and belonging out of loneliness.
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In Sweet Like Jasmine, Bonnie Gray is an engaging storyteller reminding us of the grace woven through each chapter of our lives. This book is both poetic and insightful. Beautiful and honest. A worthy companion through the wilderness of learning to find our identity. Through stories, letters, cultural insights, and reflections, Sweet Like Jasmine generously provides much-needed language and permission to embrace the wholeness of who we are.
Morgan Harper Nichols, Author of All Along You Were Blooming
“Bonnie has often led the way to freedom and truth by going there first herself. Her ability to invite us as readers into her stories, therefore into our own stories, only makes this world a better, more healed place.”
Annie F. Downs, New York Times bestselling author of That Sounds Fun
In a world crying out for kindness and belonging, this is a book needed for our times. Sweet Like Jasmine is the gift, a beautiful remembrance that God treasures each of our broken hearts in His sweeping story of redemption.
Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts
Bonnie has a gift! Her stories draw you in from the start, with raw honesty that captures the heart of all who are looking for love and belonging in a culture of loneliness and isolation. This book is a healing balm of beauty from brokenness!
Rebekah Lyons, bestselling author of Rhythms of Renewal
Bonnie Gray is the author of Whispers of Rest and Finding Spiritual Whitespace. An inspirational speaker, Bonnie touches thousands of lives every year using storytelling, visual arts, nature, and prayer. Her writing is featured in numerous Christian media outlets including Relevant Magazine and Christianity Today. She lives in California with her husband and two sons. Connect with her at thebonniegray.com and on Instagram @thebonniegray.