Saturday, August 31, 2013

Shattered:Finding Hope and Healing through the Losses of Life by Rita Schulte

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.

Check out her first chapter here:



“Who needs a heart when a heart can be broken?” —Tina Turner

“I have come to bind up the brokenhearted.” —Jesus

The Winds of Change

It was a rainy Virginia day, warm enough to sit outside with a cup of tea but too dark and dreary to really enjoy it. Just the kind of day that surrounds one in melancholy. And that morning I had a reason to be sad. My faithful companion, my dog Spanky, had died the week before.

Wait, I am going to open a book about grief and loss by talking about my dog? I am. In the pages that follow I will share more of my story, about the seasons of heart-breaking loss that led me to write this book. But loss comes in many forms, and that morning on the porch, my sadness was about more than the loss of a pet. Spanky’s death represented the loss of an era, a snapshot of my life that I would never fully reclaim.

Sometimes we don’t notice how loss affects our heart. It can happen slowly, yet before we realize it, the effects of our grief have become catastrophic and death of our hearts inevitable. Loss throws us off balance, sometimes causing us to lose our way. If enough time goes by, and we don’t repair the distance between what we know intellectually about our grief, and what we feel deep within our souls, we’ll find that along the journey we will have sacrificed something precious at the expense of protecting ourselves from pain. That something is our heart.

The closing of one chapter of life gives way to the birth of another, offering us hope and promise—but not without cost, and certainly not without a glance backward, and a twinge of sorrow. Which brings me back to Spanky.

We brought Spanky home as a puppy, a gift to our son on his seventh birthday to comfort him after the death of his grandmother. He is grown now, a young man beginning his own journey. Our home is quiet, void of the cacophony of children’s voices and the sense of security provided by my parents’ presence. Another twinge of sadness. There was a time not so long ago when my soul was in mortal agony over the very thought of losing them. Where did the years go, and how could the pages of my life turn so swiftly?

Telling the Story

Everyone loves a good story. Stories are full of adventure, passion, love, and mystery. But the stories of grief and suffering aren’t usually happy, and they are not always easy to tell. So we don’t. We bottle them up, push them down, and close up shop. And our pain sits, sometimes for decades. We don’t pull it out or look at it, and so we miss the opportunity to really understand the event or series of events that were responsible for breaking our hearts.

Yet we must tell the story to walk the healing path. That is why I wrote this book—to help you understand your own story of where loss and grief have affected your journey, and more importantly, to show you where those changes will help you find and connect with the heart of God. The choices you will make will be difficult ones, but if you stay the course, freedom is possible.

How do I know? Because I have walked a journey of loss myself that has spanned twenty years.

The first real tragedy in my life, the one event that broke my heart, started one morning when my children were still young. The day started as usual with my morning devotions. I opened my Bible randomly, as busy moms are prone to do, and read John 11:25, where Jesus says to Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” For some reason I kept thinking about it all day.



Rita has a video of her book here:
Visit her website to see it.

To buy her book, go here:

Author bio and where to connect with her:
Rita A. Schulte is a licensed professional counselor in the Northern Virginia/DC area. She is the host of Heartline Podcast and a short form feature Consider This. Her shows air on several radio stations as well as the Internet. They can be downloaded from or iTunes. Rita writes for numerous publications and blogs. Her articles have appeared in Counseling Today Magazine, Thriving Family, Kyria and Her book Shattered: Finding Hope and Healing through the Losses of Life releases in September 2013 by Leafwood Publishers. Follow her at, on FB and twitter @heartlinepod

Rita is giving away a copy of Shattered: Finding Hope and Healing Through the Losses of Life. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


squiresj said...

Whow - fist comment
I am really really hoping I can win this. Would love to read it.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this inspirational book

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this inspirational book

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

squiresj said...

Sounds like a good uplifting encouraging book. Please enter me to win
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Janet K Brown said...

That sounds like a wonderfully, inspiring book, Rita. Thanks for sharing it with us & thanks, Sharon for letting us know. I would love to win & know just who I would give it to.

Boos Mum said...

That was beautiful writing. Please enter me. I would like to read this and then pass it to my mom. We lost my father coming up on a year in September. I understand completely what you mean by the pet.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Lane Hill House said...

Would love to win, and your journal photo is really neat! Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

bonton said...

I think this is a book that will be relevant, & beneficial to everyone, at some point in their life.

I would love to read this book - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


Patricia Bradley said...

Such sound advice. Great book! pat at ptbradley dot com

Library Lady said...

I would love to win this book to give to my church library.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Janet E.

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