Sunday, September 23, 2012
Review: Song of the Brokenhearted
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.
I enjoyed reading Ava's story. I think her story is one that we all can relate to in some way. I think the author does a wonderful job describing a family that to the outside appears to have it all and throughout the book shows how it is not the appearances or material possessions that matter the most. Sometimes it truly takes loosing it all to make you look at your life and what really is important. We may think, like Ava, that by running away from the past that we are free. But, she had to turn around, face it, and forgive in order to go forward with her life. Everyone at one point or another has had to deal with a Corrine in their lives. Her character in the story reminds us not to be one! God can heal all broken hearts, and although it appears that some doors are being closed to Ava and her family, the doors that He opened were much better than they could have imagined. The imagery of the willow tree is beautiful ans shows us that yes God can bring good out of all things just like He promises.
I received a complimentary e book copy of song of the Brokenhearted from Thomas Nelson for the purpose of writing a fair and honest review. I received no other compensation.