This book, however, shows how to resolve grief and affirms that there is hope for healing after the loss of a love. Packed with solid, action-oriented guidance, How to Mend a Broken Heart is a personal first aid manual for healing the loss of any meaningful relationship.
1. Acknowledge the Loss
2. Accept Your Pain as Normal
3. Realize That This, Too, Will Pass
4. Don't Waste Your Pain
5. Give Yourself Time to Heal
6. Do your Grieving Now
7. Let Go of the Past
8. Forgive to Be Free
9. Guard Against a Rebound
10. Face Loneliness Head-On
11. Get Into a Support Group
12. Be Committed to Personal Growth
13. Realize that Failure Is Never Final
14. Discipline Your Thinking
15. Do Something for Someone Else
16. Do Something for Yourself
17. Take Care of Your Health
18. Be a Responsibility Thinker
19. Ask for Help When Needed
20. Call on God for Help
Andrea Fabry of "Midday Connections" said on the Moody Radio Network (WMBI Chicago), "How to Mend a Broken Heart is the best book on resolving loss and grief that I have ever read."
C.M. wrote: "Everyone experiences disappointments in life. Some are worse than others. One of my worst was when my husband asked for a divorce after 27 years of marriage and my boss replaced me with my protege at the same time. I read many books which helped me heal by many Christian authors: Dr. Larry Crabb, John Ortberg, John Eldridge, and Max Lucado. At the top of my list is Richard (Dick) Innes's How to Mend a Broken Heart. It met me in deep places that I didn't know were hurting, and helped heal my broken heart. I've shared it with many friends who have broken hearts and it always helps the healing process. Richard's approach is scriptural, direct, practical, personal, and humorous. Thank you, Richard, for sharing your heart and victory to help the rest of us live joyfully in Jesus' love."
Joan from Kansas wrote: "I have just recently read the book How To Mend A Broken Heart. I lost my husband 18 months ago and there are no support groups in this area. This book has done more for me and has helped me more than any of the other books that I have read or even in the professional counseling that I have experienced. And excellent job of writing. I certainly will be recommending the book to everyone I meet that has suffered the lost of a spouse. Thank you so much."
A retired veterinary surgeon, former lecturer at the Royal Veterinarian College of London and at Cambridge, wrote: "I have gone through two divorces and have just read your book, How to Mend a Broken Heart. It is the most helpful counseling I have ever read."
Pastor Paul Baker from North Carolina wrote, "My precious wife of 56 years went home to be with the Lord...needless to say it was a great tragedy in my life. Some friends of mine gave a copy of your book, How to Mend a Broken Heart, to me. It was the most inspiring, helpful reading I ever received at this time of sorrow. I want to thank you personally for sharing the gift our blessed Lord gave to you."
Karen wrote, "I ordered two copies of each of your books: How to Mend a Broken Heart and You Can't Fly With a Broken Wing. I gave a copy of each book to my daughter who is going through a horrible divorce as her husband of 17 years decided upon turning 40 that he didn't want to be married anymore and is now playing around with what was a good friend of our daughter's. He has broken the hearts of not only my daughter but also of their two children, ages 15 and 9 years.
"How to Mend a Broken Heart is so encouraging and inspirational. I wanted to read the book with my daughter so that we could share together to help her in awful situation. Her faith in God is so strong and getting stronger every day. In fact, she is showing me things too. She still deeply loves her husband and would possibly reconcile with him, but if that doesn't happen, she is looking forward to doing what she needs to do for herself and the children—to heal and move on in their lives.
"Anyhow, I just wanted you to know that your book is so, so good. I have read it and re-read it, and I have already worn out one highlighter and almost another one. Thanks again for writing such a wonderful book. I will definitely recommend it to others who are hurting."
Dick has authored three books: I Hate Witnessing, a best seller with over 100,000 copies in print, How to Mend a Broken Heart, and You Can't Fly With a Broken Wing. He has written more than 250 Encounter brochure articles—40 million of which have been distributed in several countries. He has led seminars and spoken to many groups in Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., and is the author of Daily Encounter, the week-day email devotional of ACTS International which goes to 373,000 subscribers worldwide, and the editor of Weekend Encounter going to almost 8,000 Subscribers