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.
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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).
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Do you have another profession besides writing?
I have two other professions other than writing, in fact I would say that writing isn’t my primary professional all – but rather a way for me to share the wisdom and experiences I have gained with a broader audience than the women I work with.
I am a Coach and Mentor, this is my true passion. Even though my journey never led me to become a licensed therapist, I have a Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling. I use the knowledge gained as a Coach and Mentor. I love mentoring women one on one and I honestly consider it a privilege when these women allow me into their journeys and trust me enough to serve almost as a tour guide who has walked the path already and knows what it takes to get to that change of scenery – it isn’t always going to be dark and difficult. It’s so much fun for me to watch them step out of their comfort zones and take risks. I’m selective in who I work with, and most have therapists. My job isn’t to fix what is broken, it’s to build on what is true. I help women become who they were meant to be before their own limiting beliefs and bad patterns took them off course.
It might surprise many that I have a successful career in the business world. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Business with an emphasis in Finance and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration. I have worked for the same organization as a Financial Analyst for over 17 years. This experience helps me be a better coach and mentor – I know what the day to day grind of a job is like, both the frustrations and the benefits of it. I often coach women not just in relationships, but also with their careers.
Do you snack while writing? Favorite snack?
When I first started writing I would always treat myself to my favorite beverage, Dr. Pepper. I wouldn’t allow myself to drink it any other time other than when I’m writing (that didn’t last long- I always cheated). Then I started to snack on chips and salsa – my go to snack during the day. One day I started to realize that if I continued with associating eating and writing, I wouldn’t fit in my clothes for much longer – so I stopped!
What I sometimes will do now, especially on a particularly hard writing day when I’m not feeling it, but know I have to get things done is eat hard candy such as peppermints or jolly ranchers. For some reason it really works! It must trick me into thinking I’m indulging or it distracts me just enough to push through. Who knows why – as long it works and gets me moving when all I want to do is relax!
How long have you been writing?
I have been writing for years, but really got serious in 2011 when I hired a writing coach, but what I wasn’t expecting was how vulnerable the process was! I have written thousands of words, I even have two written books (in draft form) that sit on my lap top. I could write, but truthfully, I was to scared to publish.
The first draft of Through A Broken Heart was completed in 2015 – it’s not an exaggeration when I say it took me 4 days to write, 3 years to edit. The raw honest truth is that I had to tackle my insecurities and feelings of inadequacy before I finally had the courage to make my writing public through this book and through my website.
Do you ever get writer’s block? What helps you overcome it?
I get writers block seemingly every day. I can write for about 1200 words, then my brain literally goes blank. If I’m not working against a deadline, I will step away from my keyboard at that point and return to it the next morning. If I have to get something done, then I try to do something that gets me “out of my head” like working out, cooking, cleaning my bathroom (honestly, my house is never cleaner than when I’m writing and have writers block!) or just hanging out with my husband and dog, Molly.
What is your next project?
I’m still thinking this through – but right now I want to focus on sharing as much information as I can on my website, mentoringbycolleen.com and continuing to work as a coach and mentor. I suspect my next book or devotion will be based around the struggles and issues I see with respect to dating, specifically, dating in the Church as an adult woman.
There are a lot of dating books out there, but none have quite hit the mark with the women I work with. They are either too “in your face” and edgy or they are over spiritualized and not in touch with “the real dating world” – these are often books written by pastors or pastors wives – many of whom married in their 20’s and have never experienced the stigma and shame that single women in the Church often feel. I have seen a need for an honest, Christian dating book that is geared toward 30 and 40- something women who haven’t yet found that one guy to share their life with but are still hoping to.
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