Book Review – Song of the Brokenhearted by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma

Song of the Brokenhearted, a joint effort of Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma, follows Ava Kent, a forty-something mother and wife in Texas. Ava leads a “Broken Hearts” ministry at her church, aiding people during tragedies and hardships. Ava’s own life seems perfect, and perfectly opposite of her rough, unstable childhood.

When those unspoiled aspects of her family life turn tumultuous, Ava feels she’s crumbling down, with her past upbringing adding to the trouble. After a series of tough events occur, she finds herself in need of traveling back to her roots to settle and find freedom along the way.

This Christian novel keeps action pounding the main characters, so much so that I wondered (in slight disbelief) what more was going to happen to Ava and her family next. Told primarily from Ava’s point of view, I felt I could relate to aspects within her personality, along with several other characters. A few times during the first half of the novel, Ava’s inner dialogue left me frustrated at her one-side view of circumstances, but we all have instances of blindly approaching situations at times.

Ava asked questions I’ve often asked before:

“Was that God speaking to her heart, or was she letting her imagination get the best of her?” – p. 41

“She did believe it in her heart, but what about outside her heart in the real day-to-day?” – p. 193

The authors include realistic dialogue between characters and variety of characters, including a spunky best friend, a legalistic and harsh church member, and a mislead but wanting-to-love mother. For the most part, the authors revealed character’s realizations without “preaching” too much.

“Belief had a lot more to do with courage than she’d ever known before.” – p. 246

The chapters move quickly, and the authors include a “reading group guide” with solid, reflective questions to help readers apply the novel’s messages to their own lives. A message of grace and healing from God in ways we may not expect remains evident through this story. Trust, faith, and growth arise frequently within this plot. We all are broken in some way or another, and we all need grace and healing from our present God.

“[She] had such a limited vision of what was happening around her, and still she trusted. Wasn’t that exactly how they were supposed to live their lives—with the faith of a child?” – p. 293

Question for you: How does your life story show your brokenness and evidence of His healing?

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