Thursday, August 9, 2012

Song of the Brokenhearted

Book description:  "Ava has a loving family, a beautiful house, and a solid faith.

Suddenly, her ideal life will be completely broken . . . in the best of ways.

Ava’s life is full of great things. Her daughter is getting married to just the right guy, her husband’s company has kept them financially thriving for years, her son is a freshman in high school, playing football and doing well, and the ministry she started is keeping her busy as she reaches out to those with “broken hearts.”

Then it all falls apart. Ava’s safe world becomes unanchored, and she is forced to face the childhood she’s run away from her entire life. Just as she’s trying to sift through the pieces, the doorbell rings and Ava is confronted with the surprise of her life.

Ava must set out on a journey that takes her back home—something Ava hasn’t done in twenty years. As she travels across the state of Texas, strangers offer her kindness and remind her of the meaning of hope and forgiveness.

It is in this journey back that Ava discovers God in a new way. She sees she's been hiding her brokenness behind good deeds and a safe life. Learning what it means to lose it all is just the start of Ava’s journey – as is the new song God is writing on her heart."

My review:   I have read one other book by these two authors, Sheila Walsh, and Cindy Martinusen Coloma, and in that book, Sweet Sanctuary, they tackled several tough issues.  This book, Song of the Brokenhearted, was no different.  Ava's world seems to fall apart as life begins to throw some pretty hard curve-balls, and  I was not able to predict the events that unfolded as I read.  I was drawn into the story and couldn't put it down!  The theme of forgiveness that runs through the book never gets old.  We always need reminders, and this book is a great reminder.  I received a complimentary e-copy of this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze Blogger program in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.