The Heart That Heals is a book I wrote for you, for your mom, your sisters, the girls in your small group or Bible study and the women you work with every day. Basically, I wrote this book for every one of us, because we all need to be reminded from time to time of the promises of God.
Two things I want today:
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THE HEART THAT HEALS: Healing Our Brokenness Through the Promises of God Hope is written here. Love happens here. Friendship is born here. Community begins here. Bring your coffee. Pull up a chair. Join us!
Comfort Zones, we all have them. We try to stay neatly tucked inside them. Few of us ever dare to wander outside our comfort zone on our own. It takes someone to nudge us. Prod us along. Encourage us. Invite us. Suggest that we move outside those boundaries. That’s just what happened to me when someone suggested I speak at a ladies conference, and the notes from that conference became this book.
I am not a speaker. I am not even a writer. I’m just a girl asking God, “What’s next?” I recently wrote that person who nudged me out of my comfort zone to say, “Never stop inviting people to step outside their comfort zone. Good things happen there!” Good things do happen there, and good things are waiting for you, friend, just outside your comfort zone—things you never dreamed possible!
Where’s your comfort zone today? Are you securely fixed inside it? Are you comfortable serving God there? Maybe He doesn’t intend for us to be comfortable serving Him. Maybe, in our discomfort, we learn to lean on Him more, to trust His provision, and not our own. Can I challenge you today to step outside your comfort zone, out of that temperature range where you feel so comfortable, out of that place of ease and familiarity and serve God uncomfortably in the difficult and unfamiliar places, in a way that only He can do through you? He’s waiting to meet us there! LET’S GO!
The morning I woke up to the first book review of The Heart That Heals, waiting for me in my inbox, was the morning I knew we have something special here. It was like a little sweet potato in my garden, waiting to be unearthed. And can I just tell you friend, it was exactly what I had been praying for!
I wanted her to see Jesus. And she did. I want readers to find Him waiting for them on every page. And He is. I want the promises of His faithfulness and steadfast love to scream above the waves of the storm you are in. And! They! Do!
If you and I were Pen Pals, The Heart That Heals is the letter I would write to you if you’d lost a child, a husband, a best friend, or a sister. It’s the kind of letter I would seal with a heart-shaped sticker that says, God Loves You, you know, that kind of sticker you used to get in Sunday school. You’d read my letter and you’d know, yes, you would know, He truly does love me!
I love coffee, dark chocolate, and Jesus. Just not necessarily in that order. But if I’m completely honest with you friend, some days it is in that order, and that’s a big problem!
One of the things I love about The Heart That Heals is that it reminds me of my priorities and that I’m not the one in control here. Then it gently guides me back to the path where the One who is in control is patiently waiting for me. Except He’s not just waiting. He’s been perusing me, calling my name, beckoning me back to Him this whole time.
I pray The Heart That Heals meets you in the quiet places of your heart—especially that place where you struggle to see God at work. I’m inviting you to explore those places with me and be changed.
"God never asks us to do anything or go through anything that He will not empower us to do or give us the grace to endure." —The Heart That Heals: Healing Our Brokenness Through the Promises of God
“God uses people who cannot do it alone. He uses the weak, the broken, the people in need like you and me.” —The Heart That Heals: Healing Our Brokenness Through the Promises of God
“Nothing slips by God. Nothing catches Him off guard or takes Him by surprise, as it does us. He is always in control, always prepared and always waiting and able to meet your particular need, whatever that may be.” —The Heart That Heals: Healing Our Brokenness Through the Promises of God
“Don’t let anyone ever tell you He won’t give you more than you can handle. He will! This is how and when we develop our dependence on Him.” —The Heart That Heals: Healing Our Brokenness Through the Promises of God
“If we were never led up steep treacherous hills, through deep waters and barren deserts, how would we ever learn to depend on His all-sufficient grace?” —The Heart That Heals: Healing Our Brokenness Through the Promises of God
"Our choices have consequences. The pathway we walk has a destination. I want you to make good choices so that the consequences will be good. I want your destination to be one that glorifies God. If you’re in a broken place, it may be difficult to make good choices. Is your pathway littered with the debris of brokenness? I want to help you get past all that and learn to be still, and know that He is God." —from the Prologue
"The Heart That Heals is like a friend who comes alongside you to walk a long journey. There are moments on the path when your friend lets you cry, or even cries along with you because the terrain is tough. There are times when your friend grabs your hand and lifts you up because you’ve tripped over a tree root you didn’t see. Then there are glimpses of remembered joy when your friend says something funny-and you laugh-and the path seems brighter. And, somewhere along the way, you realize she gets it. She understands. She knows because she’s walked this path before. Thank you for providing a resource that not only offers healing hope, but also a sense of friendship for the journey." — Stephanie
“'Is your pathway littered with the debris of brokenness? I want to help you get past all that and learn to be still, and know that He is God.' With this question, author Patsy Burnette takes those who are heartbroken and searching for answers on a remarkable study of God’s Word. This study is full of hope and healing for all who have suffered tragedy and heartbreak. The author shares her own personal journey of sorrow and shows she clearly understands the struggles of coping through tragedy.
Patsy Burnette has written this study in a readable and compassionate voice. There are ten chapters to this book that are divided into sections: The Problem; The Solution; and The Application. She discusses the emotional aspect of brokenness and how men and women process this differently, which is not always addressed in studies like this. All throughout the study, there’s encouraging commentary and Scripture verses on which to meditate. I especially loved the way the author presented John Chapter 16 and I’ll be taking additional time to work my way through this chapter again.
Besides the wonderful content, the artwork in this book is beautiful. There are ten memory verse coloring pages, one for each chapter, that those who love this type of Bible journaling will enjoy. Although this book works well as a personal Bible study, I’d also recommend it as a great resource for a small group study. I can see this book being used between friends who are seeking to encourage each other on a journey through sorrow." —Patti Stephenson, She Lives to Read
"Is your heart broken from a devastating loss? Patsy suffered an unexpected grief as a young wife and mother. Yet God helped her heal as she drew strength from His Word. In The Heart That Heals, she guides you through key Scriptures to help you find peace and healing." --Sarah Geringer, author of Transforming Your Thought Life: Christian Meditation in Focus
“Each one of these pages draws you closer to the heart of God. When we walk through brokenness we often feel alone. Patsy goes on the journey with us in this book, a faithful friend reminding us that we haven't been alone for a single moment. With honesty and biblical truth, she leads you to God for healing deep in your heart.” --Rebecca Hastings, author of Worthy: Believe Who God Says You Are
"Transparent, tender, and full of Truth are words that come to mind as I reflect over The Heart that Heals. Patsy is willing to let us walk beside her as she peels back the curtain on one of the darkest days of her earthly journey. Through pain, loss, and heartache comes a clear view of a God that “makes all things work together” for His precious children. Whether you have been called to a similar journey, know of others that have, or just desire to be encouraged by a true example of growth and joy in the midst of suffering The Heart that Heals is for you. I highly recommend this book.” —Christine
“The Heart that Heals was written as a personal testimony from the heart of the author. Patsy is an artist and her illustrations are a colorful addition to the whole of the message. Each chapter flows into the next one. Scripture is paramount throughout. The reader is reminded of simple biblical truths and presented with thought-provoking information and explanations. You can’t come to the end of this book without seeing God’s sovereignty in your personal life. If you truly seek healing from a hurting heart, your life will be forever changed. The Heart that Heals can help guide you on that journey.” —Debbie
“If you’re struggling with pain and brokenness, this book is for you! I especially appreciate its interactive nature. Scripture coloring pages, reflection and application questions, and ample room for note-taking and journaling encourage you to make this book your own. I highly recommend it.” —Kim M.
“I've been reading The Heart That Heals. . . It’s so beautiful. Of course, the book itself is lovely with artwork that welcomes you in. It marries the current interactive coloring aspect available in so many women's publications with passages from the Bible, blending in stories that gently illustrate the ideas being shared. But the content is also beautiful, touching on so many things that we women struggle with—emotions, bearing burdens, and trusting God as we walk through pain and challenges in this life.“ —Kim T.
“I sat down to read The Heart that Heals the other night and had a hard time putting it down. Finally, a book that not only encourages me when I am burdened, but also helps me to become the giver of encouragement.
"A Christian woman who has suffered loss or brokenness will find balm for the soul in The Heart That Heals. I have personally been encouraged by Patsy's book with practical help in thinking biblically about my trials and looking to God in the midst of them. Patsy's openness reminds you that you're not alone in your pain, and her skill in sharing the truth of God's promises point your heart to the healing love of Jesus." —Kathy, Redeeming Goods