Thursday, September 19, 2013

Finding Hope And Healing
Through The Losses Of Life
By Rita A Schulte

OVERVIEW: Shattered explores how unidentified or unresolved loss impacts every area of life, especially your 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 books calls you to "notice" the losses of life, and fight the battle to reclaim and reinvest your heart after loss through faith-based strategies.

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 on the Internet. Rita writes for numerous publications and blogs.

MY REVIEW: "Grief and loss touch people in countless ways. Millions are affected by divorce, death and disease, suicide, the rise of mental health disorders, war, terrorism, abuse, and economic failure." I was pleased to find wisdom and honest direction in this book for those who have had their lives shattered.

I think many of us at some time in our life could say what Fantine from Les Miserables said, "I had a dream my life would be so different from this hell I'm living." Ah yes, a dream of a different life! But sometimes that dream is shattered. Jesus said, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33 Rita Schulte shows the way to reclaim and reinvest the heart.

I agree with author, C.S. Lakin who said, "Shattered is a thoughtful and insightful approach to processing and moving beyond the debilitating pain of loss. Rita Schulte explores both the necessity and the empowering ability of accepting and working through brokenness to a place of peace."