Grieving means choices.
Choices mean hurt or healing.
You’ve lost someone you love. Or you’re on the brink of losing your marriage. Your dreams. Your health. Or perhaps the trauma of your past pursues you into the present.
Your life’s going to change. Which way it goes won’t be decided by your loss, but by the choices you make.
At the crossroads of grief, one road will lead to hope and healing. The other, to more hurt.
Hope When Your Heart Is Breaking is an honest look at both roads, and how your greatest loss can lead to your greatest gain. Author Ron Hutchcraft writes from the deep well of his own devastating loss and grief, and points you to the practical steps that lead to peace and wholeness.
This book is a pathway to hope—a roadmap through the pain of grief and loss. Discover new strength through a new closeness to others and to God. And make the decisions that lead to comfort, growth, and life.
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About the Author
Joni Eareckson Tada is a gifted artist, a highly sought-after conference speaker both in the U.S. and overseas, and an author of more than 35 books. A quadriplegic since the age of 17, her bestselling and award-winning works cover topics ranging from disability outreach to reaching out to God. Joni and her husband, Ken, have been married since 1982.
Table of Contents
Foreword Joni Eareckson Tada 11
Introduction: Hope As Real As the Hurt 13
Part 1 The Flag Over the Rubble
1 Emotional Oxygen 19
2 Sinking Ship, Unsinkable You 25
3 Your Last Card-Hope Is a Choice 35
4 The Questions Hope Asks 43
5 Not My Battle 53
Part 2 Challenging Life's Hope Robbers
6 Hope When Your Heart Is Broken 67
7 Hope When Your Love Is Broken 83
8 Hope When Your Dream Is Broken 105
9 Hope When Your Health Is Broken 117
10 Hope When Your Past Is Broken 133
11 Making Things Worse 147
12 One Safe Place 165
What People are Saying About This
“Most of us don't stop to consider how vital, how essential hope is—until we feel it starting to slip away. Ron Hutchcraft has learned how to fight for hope and where to look when hope is hard to see. He has given all of us a great gift here. This book will breathe fresh hope into even the most discouraged heart.”—Bob Lepine, cohost, FamilyLife Today
“There are many takeaways in this book…but the following three bullets are my favorites. They will prove helpful to everyone who embraces them… •I will not deny my pain •But I will not be defined by my loss •I will rely on an unseen but certain Hope beyond the hurt. Thank you, Ron. As a fellow widower, these are an enormous help.”—Robert Wolgemuth, bestselling author
“Ron Hutchcraft’s Hope When Your Heartbreaking is not directed solely at people of his—and my—vintage, though we find the deaths of loved ones inescapably more common. As has been his trademark for decades, Ron attacks the gritty reality of grief in a way that not only reveals his heart, but also offers biblical insight and peace to anyone suffering heartache from any source. Based on the loss of his lifetime love, Ron unflinchingly casts himself into the embrace of the God of all comfort.”—Jerry B. Jenkins, novelist and biographer, coauthor of the Left Behind series
“This is a great book, readable, honest, and biblical. A healing balm for those who are suddenly thrust into a bleak future and left only with memories of happier times. Thanks, Ron, for this window into your life that gives as a ray of hope in our sorrow and the reminder that, despite our losses, we still have God and His promises. Read this book for yourself and pass it along to a friend.”—Dr. Erwin W. Lutzer, pastor emeritus, The Moody Church, Chicago
“This isn’t a book you can skim to write an endorsement, From chapter one the authentic words of real pain and practical encouragement went straight to my heart, kept me turning pages and brought new hope to my own life. All of us will experience the pain of a broken heart and glimpse the abyss of hopelessness more than once during our life. The wisdom Ron shares in this book reveals practical steps that lead from the valley of the shadow of death to the sun-drenched slopes of hope. I saw my own heartbreak in part two and my own life is brighter because of this book. Yours will be too.”—Ken Davis, author, professional speaker, president of Dynamic Communicators
“I have had a half-century friendship with the man of God who wrote this greatly needed and relevant book. With suffering and early death out of control in the world today, this message is not optional. If you are in a hurry, start with the last chapter—‘The Only Safe Place.’”—George Verwer, DD, founder of Operation Mobilization
“Hope When Your Heart Is Breaking is Ron’s poignantly written gift to Karen’s memory and to the reader, as he opens up his heart to honestly reveal both the pain and the peace, the grief and the goodness, and the emptiness and the fulness of Christ’s presence in the middle of that storm. In doing so, he exposes a greater truth to the reader—death is not final; it’s merely transitional. He transforms a theological concept of hope into a practical, honest, and heartfelt reality of how to walk through the valley of the shadow of death to find that hope in a personal relationship with Jesus. This book will be transformational to anyone searching for a heartfelt, honest approach to the sudden loss of a loved one.”—Joe Battaglia, broadcaster, author of Make America Good Again, president of Renaissance Communications
“Ron’s words create poignant, transforming pictures in our minds, drawing us to a higher place. Better than cloud-chasing hope, Scripture’s truths can be grasped, lifting us to that place. Not cotton candy— sweet for a only moment—but truths that provide strength through the valley. I’ve been through that valley myself. I commend Ron’s words to you, because they are our Lord’s words. Hope guaranteed. Raw lessons from precious moments—all pointing us Godward.”—Miriam Neff, founder and president of Widow Connection, author, counselor, and speaker
“Ron Hutchcraft is a faithful steward of pain. This book is not simply good advice, it’s life-tested, rock-solid truth you can rely on. There is no broken part of your life God does not see. Trust Him with your broken pieces. Reading Ron’s book will provide hope and light in the darkness.”—Chris Fabry, host of Chris Fabry Live, author of A Piece of the Moon
“This side of glory, we will have pain, loss, and heartache. But we also have something else—hope. What Ron does so beautifully in this wonderfully transparent book is to remind us of what God's Word says: Hope never fails. It's what gets you through the night, past the pain, and into the center of His love. Drink in these pages and be reminded of the priceless constancy of the gift of hope.”—Janet Parshall, nationally syndicated talk show host, author
“I know firsthand the pain of loss when plans change, relationships end, and loved ones die. In Hope When Your Heart Is Breaking, my friend Ron Hutchcraft reminds us through Scripture that God is still good. And God is still Hope. This is more than a book—it's a lifeline.”—Nick Hall, founder and chief communicator, Pulse
“Ron Hutchcraft is honest and eager to share the hope that he himself is tasting and seeing in his own walk with the Lord. In this book, he does a phenomenal job at acknowledging the hardship of pain and suffering while also encouraging the reader in the truth that despair does not have to be the end of the story. Because of the Gospel, we do not have to succumb to despair, but we have the authority in Jesus to walk in hope that cannot be shaken.”—Emma Mae Jenkins, author of Be Loved and All Caps YOU, Gen Z social media influencer/speaker
“Every time I hear or read Ron Hutchcraft, I know Jesus is at the center of the message. He is always pointing us to Jesus. This book is another great example of this. You’ll be inspired to anchor your faith in Jesus through every storm.”—Ted Cunningham, pastor, Woodland Hills Family Church, author of Fun Loving You
“As followers of Jesus, we have the blessing of knowing that this broken world isn’t all there is. Through touching personal stories and his own poignant experiences of brokenness and loss, Ron repeatedly shares the source of our defiant hope: Jesus Christ. If you have experienced traumatic loss, I encourage you to read Hope When Your Heart is Breaking and cling to the biblical promises Ron offers.”—Will Graham, executive director of the Billy Graham Training Center at The Cove
“When Ron Hutchcraft writes a book, you can be sure it contains both biblical truth and spiritual inspiration. Hope When Your Heart is Breaking will lift all our hearts during the difficult seasons of our lives.”—Jim Cymbala, pastor, The Brooklyn Tabernacle
“I think the integrity of Ron Hutchcraft and the timeliness of this book is no coincidence. If there’s one thing we need right now, it’s hope. Thank you for leading us to the only one who can give us hope, Jesus.”—Grant Skeldon, executive director of Initiative Network, author of The Passion Generation
“We all have a need for hope. But where is hope when the unexpected happens: the excruciating loss of a life partner...the devastating death of one most dear...the aftermath of the most lonesome agony? Our friend Ron writes about his heartbreak with unvarnished honesty—it’s real, but so is his needed help, leading us hand in hand to the place of renewed hope. Yes, we all have a need for thiskind of hope!”—June Hunt, founder and chief servant officer, Hope For The Heart and The Hope Center; author of Counseling Through Your Bible Handbook
“Part of my calling as a pastor is to give hope to hurting people. But hope can be fragile, and holding on to it can be a real struggle. Ron Hutchcraft knows this battle well. Like so many of us, he also has fought to hold on to hope during dark, painful times. That's the reason Hope When Your Heart Is Breaking is such a blessing and a treasure. Thank you, Ron, for showing us the way to keep hope alive. What a gift!”—Dr. Crawford W. Loritts, Jr., author, speaker, radio host, and senior pastor, Fellowship Bible Church
“As a popular speaker and longtime radio host, Ron’s voice and practical wisdom are known to many. But this is my friend Ron as you’ve never heard him—with a depth of compassion, honesty, and hope that can only come from a heart that has been broken...and then flooded with hope.”—Josh D. McDowell, author