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Song of the Brokenhearted (Women of Faith (Thomas Nelson))
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Published: 2012-08-21
Paperback : 320 pages
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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 succe...
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Introduction

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 successful for years, her son is thriving as a high-school football player, 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. Along the way, she encounters God in new and unexpected ways. She sees she's been hiding her brokenness behind good deeds and the comforts of 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.

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Chapter One
"You need to Wake up," Ava told herself as she gripped the steering wheel between quick gulps of the coffee she'd grabbed at an all-night gas station.

She turned onto Walnut Street and the directions to the Gibson residence became unnecessary. Her destination was obvious by the cars parked at awkward angles around the two-story stucco house.

Tonight was not the night for casseroles, sympathy cards, or flowers. That would come tomorrow, and in the days that followed. This was the time to arrive empty-handed and with as few words as possible. ... view entire excerpt...

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In the novel, Ava’s comfortable life suddenly spins out of control. How have you experienced such times, and what did it feel like?

Though Ava built a new life separate from her past, she reaches a time when the past returned to her. If there are painful places from your past that continue to bubble to the surface, do you think God is trying to heal you or something else?

When bad things happen, do you tend to blame God or draw closer to Him? How does your reaction affect you and the people in your life?

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