This novel comes at a time when lives are being crushed by the recession, uncertainities in the world around us from natural causes such as earthquakes and hurricanes and broken families and lives, bringing a ray of bright sunshine to an otherwise dark world. Although my family is not dysfunctional no family is perfect, and even though we may be grounded in our faith, I don not believe that any one of us can say we have never had a difference of opinion with someone in the congregation. As I read this, I examined my own thoughts and opinions, my perceptions of happenings and stories heard about. There is a saying that you can not go back home, but Ava showed that it is possible. And I was inspired by her attitude to the things that happened when she was a child, from the death of her mother, to the growing up years in her Grandmother's house. As I witnessed through the story her maturity from the time she left her family at the age of 17 years to this return, how she faced the circumstances that were happening to her own family, her son, daughter and husband and the choices she and they made, I felt like my choices were not as extreme, and that with God all things are possible. We can all glean some nugget from this truly thought provoking novel, and I will not hesitate to give it my endorsement.
I received this ebook free from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program in exchange for an honest review. A positive critique was not required, and the opinions stated are my own!
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Review 2 for Song of the Brokenhearted - eBook
God can turn old torments into a new start
Date:August 10, 2012
Ava has come a long way from her hurtful childhood in Sheila Walsh and Cindy Coloma’s latest book Song of the Brokenhearted. Now the perfect image of someone who has it all together, Ava runs the Broken Hearts Ministry out of her Dallas church with compassion and smooth efficiency.
But no sooner are we clued in to her student daughter Sienna’s impending wedding, her high school son Jason’s prowess at football, and husband Dane’s successful business when things begin to fall apart in an almost Job-like way.
By the end of the story Ava is at the point of herself needing help from Broken Hearts as she faces the broken pieces of her life and, worse, feels compelled to revisit her painful past even though she has to do it in the old VW van and without a credit card in sight.
The setting and day-to-day activities of this middle-aged urbanite and her family felt believable and easy to relate to. I especially enjoyed the description of Ava’s impulsive road trip through Texas near the book’s end. Meeting her quirky family was a delight for me, even though it gave her little pleasure.
The way Ava’s past came back to haunt her is a lesson to us all that we ignore a painful past at our peril. On the other hand, the story illustrates that there are treasures to be mined even from hurt and God, in His surprising way, can turn old torments into healings and a new start.
(I received this book as a gift from the publisher for the purpose of writing a review.)
Ava is one of those women who seems to have it “all” – the loving successful husband and family, beautiful home with hired help to care for it, even a flourishing ministry outreach. She’s well-liked by most, but underneath all the gloss, she has a secret, and she’s afraid. When the time of testing comes, Ava clings to her faith in the God she loves, as her “perfect life” appears to unravel.
The Song of the Brokenhearted explores the story of Job in the setting of an upscale American suburb. I found myself very engrossed in the story of Ava and her family, as unexpected surprises continued to appear throughout the book. It was gratifying to see her emerge from the time of testing with her family intact and her faith strengthened.
I’ve “known” and loved Sheila Walsh as a Women of Faith® speaker for over a dozen years. I’ve heard her personal testimonies and her honesty, and when she crafts a story about the broken-hearted, she knows whereof she speaks. While in no way a biography, this story portrays accurate reactions and emotions in an endearing manner. We may not all have the material blessings of Ava and her family, but we can all relate to a life where blessings mix with disappointments, or where a smile may mask experiences we’d rather keep hidden. And perhaps, like Ava, through reading her story, we can release the hurt and embrace the truth.
I received a free copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my fair and honest review.
Christian Fiction Copyright September 2012 ISBN 978-1-59554-687-6
When “unfathomable” tragedies ravage other families, a phone call is all it takes to summon Ava to the front-lines. A compassionate heart and clear headed instincts have made her an asset to the Broken Hearts ministry team she founded. She walks into emergency produced chaos and organizes other people’s lives while scarcely chipping her manicured nails.
Although Ava and husband, Dane have cultivated a comfortable, somewhat affluent lifestyle for their children in an upscale Dallas neighborhood, Ava’s past and present are about to collide. Her willow “prayer tree,” dug up at the riverside near her childhood home has begun to wither and “While most of her life was an open book, there were a few secrets to keep within a tree.”
The writing dynamics of Walsh and Coloma have created believable characters set in the current struggling economic world where a family’s budget dreams can quickly spiral into nightmares. As Ava senses her season of summer blessing may be shifting dramatically, she also feels GOD is “with her, tugging at her to draw closer. It was time for her to listen even more.”
However, just as I was thinking the characters and plot were settling into a typical predictable path of simplistic self-discovery, the authors managed to weave tantalizing bits of back-story into a delightfully unexpected plot twist.
Climax builds as Ava is forced to open doors which she’d slammed shut, and just as unpredictable storms leave “no time for preparation—the tempest” is gathering “at their doorstep.”
This book is about a lady named Ava and how far she has come from her "troubled" childhood. Ava is now in her late forties and has started a ministry in her church. She has the "perfect" marriage, two great kids, and a beautiful house. Until one day...it all fell apart. Ava has to learn to fully rely on God through the good times and now through the bad times.
This book was a great read. I found myself not wanting to put it down, but with a toddler in the house, it was not possible to keep reading. I had to read it when she was in bed. This book was beautifully written and has an easy to follow the story line. There are also many great lessons to learn from this book. Do we always rely on God? Even during our bad times? I learned that God will always be with us- at ALL tiimes,
I received this book from Book Sneeze for an honest review.
Song of the Brokenhearted by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma is a beautiful tale. It is the journey one woman has to take to make it through the curve balls that life finds a way of throwing themselves at us. Ava is living a very safe life and never thought anything could or probably would go wrong. I think we can all relate to that at some point in our life but those bumps are what make us strong. Ava's bumps just happened to come all at the same time testing her strength. Along the way she receives the guidance from God that she needed.