Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Song of the Brokenhearted Book Review

The most recent book I've read to review from Booksneeze is called Song of the Brokenhearted by Sheila Walsh & Cindy Martinusen Coloma.  It is a fictional Christian novel about a a woman named Ava who seems to have the perfect life.  A successful and loving husband, a daughter who is about to be married, a happy high school football player for a son, and a ministry that reaches out to families in need.   On the surface, she is living the life she's always envisioned but when trials and tribulations occur, her life seems to be falling apart.  Everything she thought she new of her family was turned upside down and she's now forced to deal with her painful memories of her childhood.  This is Ava's journey to rediscover what God has planned for her.

This story illustrates the idiom, "don't judge a book by its cover."  In life, we try and create our own version of what life should be about.  We protect ourselves by surrounding ourselves with comfortable situations and we avoid what makes us uncomfortable.  In essence, we are trying to steer our own ship instead of letting God lead us where he wants us to go.  How do we grow spiritually if we do not step out in faith?  How do we walk closer with Jesus, if life goes smoothly?  Before Ava realized that something was not quite right with her husband, her daughter or her son, her life was right on track.  Then it slowly started falling apart.  This book shows us that God often has his own plans for us and he sometimes takes us where we don't want to go.  It's a test of faith really, when we encounter stress in our families, work, community, or church.  How do we respond?  Do we try and avoid it?  Ignore it?  Steamroll over it? Or do we face it knowing that we need him to get through it?  Do we trust God to lead us?  Ava wrestled with all of these questions as she struggled to maintain course but ultimately, she had to let go of the wheel and let God take over.  Her life became vastly different after letting go of the wheel and she and her family, were happier then ever. This is a work of fiction that speaks to our hearts.  I would definitely recommend this book to all moms since they will find a character trait of Ava's they can relate to as wife and mother.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 



  1. Noreen,

    I want to read this book! Thank you for the review.

    Yes, I know all about wanting to steer my own ship, and then my life falling apart.

    You are reviewing some interesting books, and I always enjoy reading your posts.

    I hope all is well with you.

    God bless!

  2. Sounds like a good book--your review has made me want to read this one!

  3. Thank you Sue and Barb for visiting! It was a very good book.