Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Song of the Brokenhearted” as Want to Read:
Song of the Brokenhearted
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Song of the Brokenhearted

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  123 Ratings  ·  25 Reviews
Ava has a lovingfamily, 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 asa high-schoolfootball player, andthe ministry she sta
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 20th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Song of the Brokenhearted, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Song of the Brokenhearted

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Dec 28, 2012 Jodie rated it it was amazing
Ava has managed to leave her unstable childhood behind her, completely. She has taken great strides to become nothing like them and improve every aspect of her life. Ava is helping her daughter plan her wedding, her son is a star on his high school football team, and her husband works night and day to provide everything for his family. Ava also helps her church's "Broken Hearts" club which provides comfort, shelter, food, or whatever is needed to families dealing with family tragedies. Things co ...more
May 19, 2013 Tonya rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-reads
Yes, to anything by Sheila Walsh! I grew up listening to her tapes over and over, and over! So as an adult, a book. Yes yes yes!!!

This book could speak to each woman, I hope everyone passes it on. We all have broken hearts. Will we be moldable? Ava has it all, or so it seems. She helps those WITH broken hearts, but still has a safe life.

But God doesn't want us to stay in the shadows or safety. We can grow when we allow ourselves to be broken and moldable, as Ava will learn. I love what I read on
Oct 30, 2012 Loraine rated it really liked it
Ava has it all - a comfortable life, two wonderful kids, a husband with a great job until one day it all falls apart. In her brokenness, Ava finds what she has really been looking for all of her life as well as the relationship with her dad and her heavenly Father that she had been missing all along.

I liked the storyline and the characters in this novel very much. It really points out what Jesus said that we must lose our life to really gain life eternal.
Aug 06, 2012 Erin rated it really liked it
Song of the Brokenhearted by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma is the story of living the faith when everything in life seems to fall apart. Ava in her late forties is married to a wonderful man and has two wonderful children. Her daughter is getting married to a great guy. Her son is a fantastic football player. Her husband has a strong profitable company. As Ava’s world starts to crumble she has to determine if her faith is a fair-weather faith or the kind that will stand through fear a ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Belindachaplin rated it it was amazing
After taking months to read through my last booksneeze book 360 Leadership, it took me all of 2 days to read the next one! After reading Sweet Sanctuary in May, I know that I will love any of Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma's books so when I saw this was up for review, I grabbed it!

Ava is a typical American mom, living in Texas, with a successful businessman husband who completely shelters her from anything to do with the business. With a daughter about to get married, and a son who's
Katrina Burchett
Ava has a good family life, she teaches Bible study and she’s part of a ministry that helps hurting people. Because of her childhood, Ava has lived most of her days preparing for bad news. When her life begins to fall apart will her faith in God waver or grow stronger? And will she be able to do the one difficult thing she believes God wants her to do?

I really need to start with this: Ava had some EVIL family members – they were judgmental, condemning, legalistic, confused, controlling people wh
Sep 27, 2012 Clarissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: booksneeze
Song of the Brokenhearted is about Ava and her well put together life. She has her ministry with the church that occupies what little time that isn't taken up with her family. She's planning the wedding of her daughter, dealing with the increasing work load her husband seems to have and the new football season for her son. Then like the click of a light switch her well constructed life seems to fall apart. She's constantly brought out of the present with reminders of a past she'd like to forget. ...more
Aug 05, 2012 Violet rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Ava has come a long way from her hurtful childhood in Sheila Walsh and Cindy Coloma’s latest book Song of the Brokenhearted. Now the perfect image of someone who has it all together, Ava runs the Broken Hearts Ministry out of her Dallas church with compassion and smooth efficiency.

But no sooner are we clued in to her student daughter Sienna’s impending wedding, her high school son Jason’s prowess at football, and husband Dane’s successful business when things begin to fall apart in an almost Job
Aug 18, 2012 Ellen rated it it was amazing
Ava has risen above the poverty of her youth and her dysfunctional family. Now, in her late 40's, she has a wonderful family, a picture-perfect home, and a few secrets in her closet. In Song of the Brokenhearted by Sheila Walsh and Cindy Martinusen Coloma, Ava enjoys a life filled with high school football games, her daughter's upcoming wedding, and a ministry to people in crisis - those with broken hearts.

She is terrific stepping in and helping people in need, but what happens when Ava is the p
Nov 28, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing
This novel comes at a time when lives are being crushed by the recession, uncertainities in the world around us from natural causes such as earthquakes and hurricanes and broken families and lives, bringing a ray of bright sunshine to an otherwise dark world. Although my family is not dysfunctional no family is perfect, and even though we may be grounded in our faith, I don not believe that any one of us can say we have never had a difference of opinion with someone in the congregation.
As I read
Jul 28, 2014 Jodi rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Stephanie Ziegler
Feb 16, 2013 Stephanie Ziegler rated it liked it
Recommended to Stephanie by: BookSneeze
Shelves: booklook, first-reads
This is a very easy and tidy read. Sometimes I wonder if I grew up in a different generation than these authors or maybe they are trying to change behavior patterns because the parent's reactions to their kid's misdoings are lack. Maybe, through church, trust is easy to have. If my parents ever found out I smoked weed in high school (and I am pleading the 5th on that topic), they would have kicked my ass. I wish I were the daughter of Ava Kent.

The weeping willow tree was the perfect analogy to A
Sep 02, 2015 Kat rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Cathy Elliott
Dec 02, 2016 Cathy Elliott rated it really liked it
Song of the Brokenhearted was a pleasing read. I liked the characters & felt "their pain" so to speak. There was good exploration into relationships within a family, as well as friendships.

Nicely written, I felt the strongest point was that it could have been, but was NOT predictable. I fully expected one outcome at a certain point, but got a different turn. Since I love to solve mysteries, I appreciated the good plotting of the story. There were several twists I did not expect & that u
Aug 18, 2012 Joy rated it it was amazing
Ava has a great family, a caring ministry to those who are hurting. Then her life starts to fall apart. She is guilty of giving things other than God first place in her life. The story is about getting off track and God bringing her back.

A wonderful tale of a woman's journey through those things life can throw at us. We follow her through the depths of despair, experience heartache, and temptaion. The authors have tackled some tough issues and did a beautiful job!

Well written, good characters,
Clara Roberts
Jan 15, 2013 Clara Roberts rated it liked it
Shelia Walsh is a better writter of ficion than non-fiction. This is the story of a woman from a dysfunctional family who marries well and creates a pleasnt life. She leads a ministy that cares for others that are brokenhearted because of tragedy in their lives. In the mist of her ministry to others her own life is falling apart.
I found this book by Sheila Walsh encouraging and inspiring. When life gets you down or it looks impossible to go forward, remember God is in control and that He has a plan that is so much better than we the ones can conceive. Real and recommended by me.
Oct 15, 2012 Kathy rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. A powerful and heartfelt novel that I highly recommend to anyone who has ever faced difficult times. To read my review in its entirety, please click HERE.
Apr 25, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
This has restored my faith in Christian fiction - I'd about given up!
Quick, easy read - I got into the story quickly and it was hard to put down.
Sep 30, 2012 Pat rated it really liked it
In this world you will have trouble--Jesus said it and it is oh so true for Ava and her family. Trouble is something that never leaves us alone. How to cope? Prayer and listening to God.
Angie Cain
Angie Cain rated it it was amazing
Sep 04, 2016
Lisa Byrd
Lisa Byrd rated it liked it
Sep 06, 2015
Maira rated it it was amazing
Jan 02, 2013
Brandi rated it really liked it
Aug 22, 2013
Rebecca rated it really liked it
Oct 29, 2012
Pamela Leinenweaver
Jan 06, 2014 Pamela Leinenweaver rated it it was amazing
Wonderful story must read
Christina Harrah-joiner
Christina Harrah-joiner rated it it was amazing
Jan 01, 2016
Glena rated it liked it
Jul 26, 2016
Tina Putt
Tina Putt rated it really liked it
Apr 01, 2013
R Kenneth Ledford
R Kenneth Ledford rated it it was amazing
Jul 13, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Another Dawn
  • Desert Gift (Side Roads #2)
  • Another Way Home (Chicory Inn #3)
  • The Bones Will Speak (Gwen Marcey #2)
  • Need You Now
  • The Choice
  • The Darkest Embrace
  • Through Rushing Water
  • Two Testaments (Secrets of the Cross Trilogy #2)
  • Reunion
  • Cherished
  • The Shadow of Your Smile (Deep Haven, #5)
  • An Amish Gift: A Novel
  • The Last Woman Standing
  • Beneath the Night Tree (Threads of Change #3)
  • Skip Rock Shallows (Copper Brown, #3)
  • House of Mercy
  • Heart of the Country
Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Sheila Walsh (05-07-1956) is a powerful communicator, Bible teacher, and best-selling author with more than 4 million books sold. A featured speaker with Women of Faith, Sheila has reached more than 3.5 million women by artistically combining honesty, vulnerability, and humor with God's Word.

Author of the best-s
More about Sheila Walsh...

Share This Book