The Mended Heart
A Poet's Journey through Love, Suffering, and Hope
by Rhonda Dawes Milner
Pub Date 02 Apr 2019
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In The Mended Heart, author and poet Rhonda Milner brings readers an inspirational book of her poetry, prose, and photography, offering them comfort and hope when they are going through difficult times. Drawing from her own experiences of joy and happiness, pain and sorrow, she shares words that encourage and lift the spirits of those who need to be reminded they are not alone. The poetry and writings have been compiled over the past 3 years from her Healing Presence Ministry blog where she has gained a worldwide following of over 2.6 million fans on Facebook, along with Instagram.
This book is a journey to hope, allowing readers from all walks of life, cultures, and faiths to connect with the thoughts and wisdom of the author as she leads them through the human and universal experiences of love (both love experienced as people and love as shown by God), the pain and yet gentle and inherent beauty of suffering, and the promise of hope. T
he heart is never the same after it’s been broken. But it can be healed. Ultimately, The Mended Heart brings readers to a place where they can recognize and experience God’s love, receiving help and blessing through the writings and honest reflections of someone who’s been down the road of both heartache and healing. This beautiful coffee-table gift book pairs the author’s writings with her original photography, speaking powerfully, gently, and honestly to the soul.
A Note From the Publisher
"The Mended Heart richly illustrates the truth of 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 that our suffering shapes and empowers our ministry to others, and that God redeems what He allows. The author's eloquent comments and poems on human and divine love, suffering, and hope skillfully guide us on a journey below the waterline of our emotions into the healing depths of God's truth, goodness, and beauty."
–Ken Boa, ThM, PhD, DPhil, president of Reflections Ministries, president of Trinity House Publishers, author of A Guide to Practicing God's Presence
"Rhonda Milner is a physician, counselor, spiritual director, wife, mom, and poet. This book, like her life, is a remarkable tapestry. Her writing, in The Mended Heart, becomes a fabric that draws threads from each of those voices. Rhonda writes with wisdom and beauty about the gift of love, redemption of suffering, and pathway of hope. Each poem is offered with a wonderful visual image and commentary from the poet."
–Gary W. Moon, M.Div., PhD, founding Executive Director of the Martin Institute for Christianity and Culture and Dallas Willard Center, and the Renovaré Institute; author of Becoming Dallas Willard: The Formation of a Philosopher, Teacher, and Christ Follower and Apprenticeship with Jesus
"Like a modern-day Dante, Rhonda Milner asks us to pause not just to think deeply on the spiritual meaning of life, but to feel deeply its changing rhythms and persevere. Her poetry feeds our soul care. It promises us that Love is transcendent, not subject to the boundaries of time and space, and the ultimate gift from our Creator."
–Timothy Quinnan, Ph.D., Author, screenwriter, and President, Richmont Graduate University