Healthy Hearts: A Gift For My Fellow Mom Bloggers

The Broken Heart

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.~ Psalm 34:18

About the Novel Secrets and Lies

Faith Morgan is struggling with her faith. Years of neglect leave her doubting that God will ever fix her marriage. When a coworker accuses her husband, Jonah, of the unthinkable, Faith begins to wonder if she really knows him at all, and if it’s truly in God’s will for them to stay married.

Pediatric cardiologist Jonah Morgan is obsessed with one thing: his work. A childhood incident cemented his desire to heal children at any cost, even his family, but now he finds himself at a crossroads in his life. Will he continue to allow the past to haunt him, or find healing and peace in a God he shut out long ago?

An Excerpt from the Novel

Faith was surprised she was able to keep up the front of being “okay” until she put the children to bed because, in truth, she was boiling under the surface. How could he do this to her, again? How could he do it to Eric?

She pulled Eric’s bedroom door closed, took a few steps and then stopped. Unable to move forward, she leaned sideways against the wall. Her anger and disappointment were mixing together in her spirit like a cocktail of oil and vinegar. Neither dominated, but each equally strong.

“Lord, how much more am I supposed to take?” she spoke into the darkness of the hallway. “How many more times will it be okay for him to break my baby’s heart?”


Faith is angry with her husband Jonah in the excerpt. He was a no show for an important family activity and as you can see, it wasn’t the first time. She’s heartbroken. I think many of us have challenges with communication and time. The demands in our current workforce make it difficult for families to have quality time. But it’s a must if we’re going to have healthy, happy, strong families. Jonah Morgan’s work is more important than his family, or at least it appears that way. At the heart of his work-a-holism is a childhood hurt that has never healed. His broken heart affects everyone in his life – his wife, children, even his parents. But how much does Faith have to put up with? How much does anyone have to deal with when a person who’s hurting won’t talk about it or get help? I believe we owe our families to be the most healthy, happy, whole person we can be. Because who we are shows up in our relationships and our work and our spiritual lives.

“How many times?” Faith Morgan asks. How many times indeed? God answers Faith. You’ll have to read Secrets and Lies to find out how. But in the meantime – what are some ways you can carve out family time? What might be hindrances to making it happen? What do you think about “for better or for worse” when what’s hurting one spouse is crippling the other? What about the children?

I'm asking these questions and more during my blog tour for the novel, Secrets and Lies this week. Join me and join the discussion. Follow the tour at http://www.tywebbin.com/blog-tours/2009/12/healthy-heart-blog-tour-...


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I’d like to present a small gift to all of the women of MomBlogger. It’s a resource I found for women.

During my research for the novel, I found that one in four women die from heart disease as opposed to 1 in 30 from cancer. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) developed a very informative ebook that educates women about having Healthy Hearts.

http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/public/heart/other/hhw/hdbk_wmn.pdf

I’ll ask your readers to please commit to sharing this with at least 30 women on your email lists. It could make a difference and save a life.

Many Blessings,


Rhonda

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