A pastor friend called after reading my book and said, “Wow, Ed. Have you read The Shack? Your saying the same thing from two different perspectives. The Shack speaks to the deepest hurts of life through fiction, and your book tells your story from the perspective of John 11. It would make a great follow-up for people who wanted to know if there was somewhere specifically in the Bible they could turn to.”
I love the comparison, and I have read The Shack. I enjoyed it immensely as fictional literature, and I do believe that the same hurting heart who draws nearer to God through The Shack would find When God Breaks Your Heart helpful.
The subtitles of the books tell me that we’re both trying to connect broken hearts to God: The Shack, Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity, and When God Breaks Your Heart, Choosing Hope In The Midst of Faith-Shattering Circumstances. The difference, of course, is that the stories in The Shack come from the creative mind of William Young and the stories in When God Breaks Your Heart come from my personal story and the story of Mary and Martha.
So, if you enjoyed The Shack, I think you’ll like the raw honesty of When God Breaks Your Heart.
The first review of my book is in, but it’s pretty humbling. It comes from two very special girls in my life–granddaughters Megan and Cam. Their mom,and my daughter, Aimee, writes:
So the girls saw it on the kitchen counter and were looking at the book today. And Meg said, “who’s it dedicated to?” So I showed her the dedication page. She read and thought it was “cool” with the “should, could, would” part–then the absolute glee in her voice as she said, “PAPA KNOWS DAVID COOK?!” and Cam ran over to see for herself, and indeed, there it was, in black and white–you had thanked David Cook! I regretfully told them that this was, alas, not the David Cook from American Idol, and Megan’s next words were priceless: “but it’s still really cool that Papa wrote a book.” Out of the mouths of babes.
Well, it’s not a bad review. It’s just that I’m not as cool a grandpa as they first imagined.
Since this is my first book, first blog, and first time having a chronic disease, I want to make sure that no one navigating to this site would think I don’t care.
If you or someone you love is facing your darkest days and nights, this is the blog you were looking for.
If you’ve read my book, When God Breaks Your Heart, you’re here because you have asked God to give you hope.
All I can say to you is that I want to be a part of that process. I don’t have to be, but I’m willing. If not for Jesus and His people, I wouldn’t be here today. I’m asking Him to use this blog to connect or reconnect broken hearts to Him.