Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Shattered - A Book Review

About The Book:

Shattered explores how grief-avoidance strategies can keep us from fighting the battle to reclaim and reinvest our hearts after loss, and what faith-based strategies are necessary for healing.

Too many people today are suffering from the catastrophic effects of loss. This year, three million people will die from diseases alone, leaving loved ones grieving, not to mention millions more affected by divorce, suicide, the rise of mental health disorders, war, terrorism, abuse, and economic failure. These statistics reflect the gravity of losses on today's culture.
Shattered explores how unidentified or unresolved loss impacts every area of life, especially our relationship with God. The long-range impact of these losses is often obscured, buried beneath the conscious surface in an attempt to avoid pain. This book calls the reader to "notice" the losses of life, and fight the battle to reclaim and reinvest our hearts after loss through faith-based strategies.

About The Author:

RITA A. SCHULTE is a licensed professional counselor in the Northern Virginia/DC area. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a Master's in Counseling from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is the host of Heartline Podcast and Consider This radio programs. Her show airs on several radio stations as well as the Internet. Rita writes for numerous publications and blogs. She resides in Fairfax Station, Virginia. 

My Review:

When we think of grieving from a loss, often we think of someone passing away, but grief can come from any type of loss, like that of a job, friendship, marriage, prodigal child, and anything that shatters your heart and makes you feel like your life is shattered (no pun intended). This book is a must read for any of us that have dealt with loss, in any form. We may not initially realize that a life experience is a loss or even call it as such but when you really sit down, and digest what you are dealing with, it is exactly that. And there is a process you need to go through in order to rise above that loss and be who God wants you to be. 

The book is very nicely organized, flows perfectly and encourages the reader with each page written. Depending on where you are at in your personal journey of loss, it could be a difficult, but needed read. So prepare yourself to dig deep but to be changed forever by reading this book. I have dealt with a number of loss situations in the last few years and while I thought I had dealt with them pretty good, reading this book opened my eyes and made me realize my journey is just beginning. The book is a wonderful reminder that in the midst of devestating pain from losing someone or something, it is Him that we need to cling to or we will slip from hope to despair easier than we thought.  Beauty comes from the broken, sometimes we need a book like Shattered to remind us of that. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT: You can purchase Shattered online through Amazon, as well as from your favorite local bookseller from Leafwood Publishers.

***I received a complimentary electronic copy of this book, courtesy of Leafwood Publishers, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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