Featuring Author Colleen Meissner
Today’s book spotlight is Through a Broken Heart: Finding Hope and Healing After a Breakup. This devotional will help and inspire you through God’s Word and His love. Ms. Meissner is currently on a virtual book tour hosted by iRead Book Tours. We are delighted to be a part of that tour.
Take a look at the description below, learn more about the author. Then pick up a copy for yourself or a friend who might need its words.
As part of the tour, Ms. Meissner has provided an article to share with you. You’ll enjoy hearing from this lovely author.
How did you write this book? Did you plot or write by the seat of your pants?
Through a Broken Heart either took one weekend or 15 years to write – depending on how you want to look at it. Literally, it took one long weekend to put it on paper (and 2 years to edit!). However, the scriptures and content come from my own journey that include both a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and the wisdom that can only come from walking through a breakup myself; a journey that began over 15 years ago.
I learned early in my Christian walk to write down every scripture that “jumps out at you” or that “speaks to you” on a note card. Since I became a Christian after the “love of my life” decided I wasn’t his, I had a lot of scriptures that spoke to heartbreak, loneliness, fear, to hope in the future, and to the concept of who I was as a child of loving God.
During this season of my life, I was living at the beach and was lucky enough to hit the beach most nights after work. I would grab my stack of notecards and would just begin reading them as I walked. I would pray through each one – honest prayers like, “Lord, this says I am loved by you, but I don’t feel it. I feel unlovable and alone.” I held on to these cards long after my heart healed, and returned to them in subsequent breakups.
Eventually, despite having a Master’s in Business (MBA) and a successful career that I still work in to this day, I felt the unmistakable prompting to return to school for a second Master’s degree – this time in clinical counseling.
As I learned how childhood experiences can shape how we think and how we see ourselves, others and the world around us, I began to put the puzzle pieces together. I began to realize that so much of my struggles and bad relationship choices were stemming from what I call a “faulty filter.” Messages that I believed about myself (and others) that I felt to the core of my being as truth were actually lies.
I also began to see how my friends were also operating from wrong messages (or core beliefs). That’s how I began mentoring and coaching – and eventually how I ended up writing Through a Broken Heart. I combined the scriptures and lessons learned from my education and experience to help other women identify what it is they are believing that is in fact a lie.
So even though it took only a weekend to write, I couldn’t have done it without the journey that has led me to this place – a journey that began with nothing but a broken heart, a stack of scripture cards and the beach.
Book Title: Through a Broken Heart: Finding Hope and Healing After a Breakup
Author: Colleen Meissner
Category: Adult Non-Fiction, 144 pages
Genre: Christian non-fiction, self-help, devotional
Publisher: A Book’s Mind
Release date: April 19, 2018
Tour dates: June 18 to July 13, 2018
Content Rating: PG-13
Dear Broken Heart ~
You must be hurting deeply. Perhaps you’re also feeling overwhelmed and completely alone in this place of emptiness and grief. I’ve been where you are and my heart aches with yours.
I want you to know there is someone who sees and someone who cares. His name is Jesus. The journey right now is dark and painful, but if you will travel with me using God’s word as our guide, it will eventually lead to a place of hope and restoration. A destination where God’s love ushers you into wholeness. Where His healing hand won’t just repair your shattered soul, but will establish you in the truth that you are deeply loved and understood.
In contrast to your current sorrow, this may seem too good to be true. I get that, I’ve been there. At this point, I’m only asking you to trust that He is able. I invite you to spend these next six weeks at the feet of Jesus and allow Him to enter into your wounded heart through this very place of brokenness. Will you give Him permission to transform you in a way that far exceeds your own expectations?
~ Colleen Meissner Married for the first time at 42. Colleen knows firsthand the pain of heartbreak, being single longer than expected, and the battle against fear and insecurity. She holds a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and has spent over 10 years sharing her own experience and knowledge as a coach and mentor. She now has a vision to share the wisdom she’s been given with you.
To follow the tour, please visit Colleen Meissner’s page on iRead Book Tours.
Meet the Author:
I earned a Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University in 2010 and have been mentoring women for over a decade. The most common area of counsel I provide is to single women not ashamed to admit they want to be married and have someone to share their life with. These women often without realizing it, are battling soul wounds (emotional and heart wounds) from their past that are preventing them from fulfilling this deeply held desire of marriage and family.
I consider there to be no greater privilege than to have women trust me with their deepest struggles and fears and to travel along side of them on their journey from a place of being held in bondage by lies (“I am fat, ugly, a loser, unlovable…”) to a place of freedom and victory.
I know this journey well, I have traveled it; it is hard and it is long, and you cannot do it alone. There are seemingly impossible hills to climb, valleys to crawl out of and side-roads leading to nowhere. Perhaps more than a mentor, I am a tour-guide, leading you as you navigate your way to healing and overcoming those things that have kept you from embracing the fullness of life that the Lord came to give you (John 10:10).