“What becomes of the brokenhearted?”+ LINKUP


Picking Up the Pieces - Divorce, separation, adulterous or unhealthy relationships and break-ups of every kind ... who hasn't experienced the hurt of losing someone or had the need to call it quits. Maybe you haven't personally, but you probably know someone who has.Welcome to Mondays @ Soul Survival. Each week I feature a book that I consider a valuable resource. This week’s selection is Picking Up the Pieces: Recovering from Broken Relationships by Lou Priolo.


Divorce, separation, adulterous or unhealthy relationships and break-ups of every kind … who hasn’t experienced the hurt of losing someone or had the need to break off a relationship.

You may be the one who was deserted by someone who said they would never leave you. Sometimes the pain is worsened by the knowledge that your former spouse committed adultery, emotionally or physically.

Or you may be the one breaking off a relationship that you know needs to end, but the sadness seems unbearable. In some cases, you may be the one who went outside of your marriage, either committing full blown adultery or by getting involved in some other inappropriate relationship. While you know the relationship was wrong, how do you get rid of those “lovin’ feelings”?

Or maybe you haven’t personally experienced that kind of hurt or struggle, but you know someone who has. Lou’s book may be just the answer.

From the introduction:

“Will this ache in my heart ever go away?”

As a professional counselor, I’ve been asked that question a hundred times in dozens of ways. If you are reading this book, chances are that you (or someone you love) have been asking this question, too. When a romantic relationship ends, the confluence of potentially depressing emotions can wreak havoc in the lives of those involved. This is especially true for the person who didn’t want the relationship to end. But for the Christian, there is a very good answer to this oft-asked question.

Yes! Your pain will go away in time.

For a Christian who knows and is willing to do what the Bible says, the heartache will be healed. And the more of God’s Word a person implements, the sooner the anguish will stop. If you are the one who is hurting, there are specific things you can do to ease the pain and help yourself get back to the way you were before the breakup.

This book was originally titled, Losing that Lovin’ Feeling and contains thirty-one short chapters, each one based on a song title, to help you or someone else, “lose those lamentable ‘lovin’ feelings’ as quickly and righteously as possible.”

There are chapters like “How Can I Mend My Broken Heart?,” “How Do Fools Fall in Love?,” “Can’t I Stop Loving You?,” “Why Are You Lonesome Tonight?,” “What Good Comes to the Brokenhearted?,” “Won’t Be Cruel,” and “Someday Your Prince Will Come.” Each one is designed to address some aspect of the strong and painful emotions involved when relationships are broken. 

The book also contains several appendixes that are just as helpful as the rest of the book. The first is for the person who is experiencing hurt because of someone he or she was married to or from whom they are currently separated. The second is for someone trying to overcome feelings as a result of their involvement in an adulterous affair. Another one helps the reader see areas where he or she may have sinned. And another one helps him or her know how to “love from afar,” show biblical love to someone to whom they are no longer married.

Picking Up the Pieces doesn’t leave out the possibility of reconciliation when biblically appropriate, but it is a powerful resource for those who are suffering as a result of a broken relationship. Lou says:

You could battle your sorrow in sinful ways (such as constantly reminding yourself what a “turkey” your former sweetheart is),1 but you would only end up in more misery and displease God in the process. You see, sin, which is thinking or acting independently of God, results in both temporal and eternal misery. You may feel pretty miserable right now, but if you don’t respond biblically to the breakup, you will face another kind of misery later in life. If you do this God’s way, you won’t have to resort to methods that are displeasing to God. If you are a Christian, you can do it. The Bible will show you how, the Holy Spirit will lead you, and this book will encourage you along the way.

So what becomes of the brokenhearted? They can heal and they might just do it faster as a result of Lou’s sound, biblical advice!



Quotations taken from:
Priolo, Lou. Picking Up the Pieces. P&R Publishing. Kindle Edition.

You can get a copy of Picking Up the Pieces: Recovering from Broken Relationships or shop for other resources here.  




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Previously featured books:

Taming the To-Do List: How to Choose Your Best Work Every Day by Glynnis Whitwer. Read about it here.

Resolving Everyday Conflict by Ken Sande of Peacemaker Ministries. Read about it here.

Ordering Your Private World by Gordon MacDonald. Read about it here.

Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy by Eric Metaxas. Read about it here.

When Life Is Hard by James MacDonald. Read about it here.

Pleasing People: How Not to be an Approval Junkie by Lou Priolo. Read about it here.

Because He Loves Me: How Christ Transforms Our Daily Life by Elyse Fitzpatrick. Read about it here.

Gift-Wrapped by God: Secret Answers to the Question “Why Wait?” by Linda Dillow and Lorraine Pintus. Read about it here.

The Heart of Anger: Practical Help for the Prevention and Cure of Anger in Children by Lou Priolo. Read about it here.

Sweethearts for a Lifetime: Making the Most of Your Marriage by Wayne and Carol Mack. Read about it here.

If I’m a Christian, Why Am I Depressed?: Finding Meaning and Hope in the Dark Valley One Man’s Journey by Robert B. Somerville. Read about it here.

Anger & Stress Management God’s Way by Wayne Mack. Read about it here.

Intimate Issues: Twenty-One Questions Christian Women Ask About Sex by Linda Dillow & Lorraine Pintus. Read about it here.

For Women Only: What You Need to Know About the Inner Lives of Men by Shaunti Feldhahn. Read about it here.

Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel With Hidden Idols by Brad Bigney. Read about it here.

Family Worship by Donald S. Whitney. Read about it here.

Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas. Read about it here.

Uprooting Anger: Biblical Help for a Common Problem by Robert D. Jones. Read about it here.

Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney. Read about it here.

Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety by Elyse Fitzpatrick. Read about it here
Foxe’s Book of Martyrs by John Foxe, editied by Harold J. Chadwick. Read about it here.
Quick Scripture Reference for Counseling Women by Patricia A. Miller. Read about it here.


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18 thoughts on ““What becomes of the brokenhearted?”+ LINKUP

  1. You are right – brokenness can only be healed by God. It’s always good to find a book that encourages us about where we are going (to wholeness) instead of focusing on the hurt!

  2. Hi, Donna! I’m so very thankful for your suggestion of this book, and the message that goes with it. I think sometimes we experience other hurtful relationships such as friendships that have to come to an end or at best, be put on pause for a time. It is important for us to know how to handle toxic relationships, but still show the love of Christ. Thanks for sharing with #SocialButterflySunday! Hope to see you link up again this week 🙂

  3. I’m so amazing at the sheer number of books you get through. In this season of life, I appreciate having a run down before I pick it up! There’s just too much going on with these little ones. Great post today Donna, thank you:)

    • Meg, I’m so glad that you are finding these reviews helpful! Some of the books are ones I use in counseling all the time, so I’m quite familiar with them. Some I’ve read numerous times through the years. Then I’m reading new ones all the time. Thanks for stopping by. Have a great week!

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