When Christmas Feels Broken

When Christmas Feels Broken

When life changes, so do the holidays. And not always in ways we like or feel good about. My devotion at Proverbs 31 today, When Christmas Feels Broken, talks about this and how hard my first Christmas was as a single mom. But I also recognize that regardless of what might have turned our life upside down, the holidays can often feel joy-less instead of joy-ful. You can read the whole devotion HERE. 

Yet for those who have experienced pain and heartache during the holidays due to separation and divorce, whether they are facing it right now for the first time or are years into the journey, I am excited to share about my upcoming book release which will offer hope and help for healing in the new year.  If separation and divorce isn't part of your story, I bet you know someone  - a friend, family member, co-worker - who is struggling with it. I hope you'll share this information with them because it could be the best Christmas gift they receive.

Watch the video above for more information about my new release happening March 1, 2022, called Living Unbroken: A Divorce Recovery Workbook. This participant workbook accompanies my popular book Living Unbroken: Reclaiming Your Life and Your Heart After Divorce and walks hurting women through a seven-week study of how to heal their hearts after devastation and move forward with faith and confidence. This study can be done alone or with a small group and is for women only. Purchase of the workbook includes a free Small Group Leaders Guide and access to seven encouraging teaching videos.

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Pre-order the workbook by February 28th, and receive the Leaders Guide, the first 11 pages of the Workbook content, and the first video for free before the official release!

Why? It is my prayer that when the book releases, many churches around the nation will have already scheduled and gotten prepared to host a small group study for the women in their church or community who desperately need a support group and hope and healing for this difficult journey.  I also hope women who are farther along in their healing from divorce will feel led to start small groups in their homes and help other women find joy and hope in camaraderie.

Pre-order your copy of the book
at Proverbs 31 or Amazon, and then visit:

Last but not least - IT'S CHRISTMAS - I WANT TO GIVE AWAY SOME FUN GIFTS!  

To enter to win a copy of the book Living Unbroken and the Divorce Recovery Workbook when it releases, do one of the following:

  • Leave a comment sharing why this workbook and seven week program might be life changing for you and what you would love to obtain from participating
  • Leave a comment sharing the name, city and state of your church and a comment about your willingness to share this information with your church's ministry staff
  • Leave a comment if you feel called to start a small group in your home in the spring and why you would feel blessed to help other struggling women in your community

Watch the video above, then leave your comments to win!  (Psst, more than one winner will be chosen in the spirit of the season of giving!)

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Tracie Miles is a bestselling author and the Director of COMPEL Training with Proverbs 31 Ministries.  She helps women grow stronger in their faith, pursue the life of purpose God designed them for and live a life of peace, joy and happiness despite their circumstances.

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17 Comments

  1. Angela Nichols on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 6:10 am

    Bossier, Louisiana
    Impact Church



    • Tiffany Dixon-Jones on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 8:57 am

      I’m praying that I’m doing this right. I was reading an excerpt from the book.. And kinda of got here this morning by accident. It was such a good read thru my tough time this holiday season.. That I kept wanting to read more to feel whole.. there’s so many things Is love to write but I’ll choose just this… My mom died.. This is the 2nd Xmas w/o her. My husband is remarried as I sit to unpack this alone. My kids are now grown… My youngest daughter had a baby.. And I’m now the old granny raising a kid.. Again. Life of busy.. But lonely. I’m in need of a miracle at this point. Just trying to let go& Let God deal with me& my hurt, wounded emotions. I’m willing to get remarried again possibly.. But I’ve got some mending to do 1ST.. Even though we’ve been divorced for over 10 years. I cannot Trust another man over my life.. no.. Not yet. I crave to be happy and whole.. find some life purpose thru my endless mistakes and try to focus on that until the end. See.. Already got myself in the grave.. and I’m only 54! Help. I need this bill! Stems to Target some stuff on the inside. Her writing seems to be speaking right at me! LOL!!!! Thanks for listening! XOXO
      Tiffany Jones
      Bloomington, MN
      (Truth of God)



  2. Brenda Rivera on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 6:27 am

    I divorced in 2018 after 20 years of marriage. My children are now in their early 20’s and not as home as much as I would love them to be. So I am experiencing now an empty nest. It’s been hard to face the holidays year around without them at home, this year I decided to make it different and want to feel joy. I am intentionally deciding to be happy about the birth of my savior and live that way. It’s great that a program will be offered and that women like me want to participate in and how much of a blessing will be to attend in a near church or virtually.
    Abundant. Hutch of Birdsboro
    Pennsylvania



  3. Kimberly Beatson on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 7:28 am

    I feel you have just recounted my story. Eight (8) years ago I also hunted and searched for resources to support me after my husband of 22 years walked out. The options for support were very limited and many in the church that I went to for support just didn’t seem to understand what I was really going through. Thank you for recognizing the need and being inspired to fill the void. Many women will be blessed. I would be happy to review the program and share with my church. Christ’s Church in Jacksonville,FL



  4. Beth on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 8:11 am

    I have been living broken since I was a child. I don’t know what it feels like to live healed. I’ve done many bible studies, read self help books, counseling. I keep trying to find the missing link to help be come out of the brokenness. I always give it over to God, only to take it back again. It’s a vicious cycle I can’t seem to break. I’m tired, exhausted, miserable, and trying to be a mom during all of this. It is so difficult. It breaks my heart knowing I’m not helping nor teaching my children to live strong healthy lives.



  5. Michelle O on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Alsbury Baptist Church
    Burleson, Tx 76028

    I am part of a large Ladies Bible Study group. The attendees are mixed with married & divorced. This would be a great resource & even for those still married because of the knowlege & encouragement. Thank you!



  6. Ann Lowe on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 8:34 am

    I am recently divorced after 43 years of marriage…to a pastor. He retired and decided his retirement did not include me. Tracie’s book, Living Unbroken, was my lifeline during my year of separation and divorce. Her words encouraged me, comforted me, and often challenged me. Her story nudged me closer and closer to the Lord. My faith is stronger and l have a deeper understanding of God’s peace and mercy now. What l do miss is the company of other women, especially those who may be struggling in their marriages or would understand that tension. I often wanted to share or discuss Living Unbroken with someone who was also reading Tracie’s journey of recovery and healing.



  7. Jennifer Cook on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 8:49 am

    I was divorced in 2019 after almost 37 years of marriage. My children are grown, so I was immediately alone. The first Christmas was very hard. I’m looking forward to this study and continuing to move forward in my new life. Thank you for sharing your struggles.



  8. Vivian Teasdale on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 11:35 am

    Wow.today this popped up on my P31 devotional. Boy this is so my story. How sad
    To read so many of us women are alone with no real resources or community.

    I will find a way to take this to my church. Calvary Community Church Westlake Village CA.

    Thank you



  9. Pam Reeder on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    My husband had an affair with a coworker. After 42 years of marriage that included raising two children, being actively involved in teaching junior high, high school, college and young married at church, he chose to end our marriage and continue that relationship. My entire world was turned upside down because I had no idea how to do life anymore the way I knew it. We don’t talk about divorce much in my church. I think this study is so needed where I worship. I would like to start a small group and create a community where we can support one another through this devastating experience. Thank you for sharing your pain and experience with the rest of us.
    Saturn Rd Church of Christ
    Garland, TX



  10. Sandy Kurdziel on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    A friend recommended this to me today. My divorce was finalized June 2020. This was a second marriage after 7 years of being a single mom. I thought I was marrying a “Christian” man. That was my #1 priority. His brother was a pastor. I thought I was marrying into this Godly, devoted Christian family. He left me after 6.5 years of marriage. I can not express the betrayal and deceit that nearly devastated my life. Also in June 2020, my youngest child graduated college and moved to a different state for his career. I’m a twice divorced, empty nester with 2 grown kids starting all over. I don’t feel I will ever trust another man again, except my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I’m still in the process of picking up the pieces. I changed churches and am attending a new church plant in my community. Id like to start a women’s divorce ministry there. I’m thinking this book and video series could be a good start.
    May God bless and show himself faithful to the many women who have experienced divorce as he has done for me this past year.
    Sandy
    Michigan



    • Angie Eisenbeis on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 at 11:56 pm

      I’m sorry that happened to you, Sandy. My situation is so similar to yours. I am divorced twice and starting over. I just turned 50 and feel so alone. I’m trying to pick up the pieces and rely on the Lord to get me through this. Prayer to you.



  11. Asha K on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    I think it’s amazing to have this resource. April 1, 2022 will mark one year of being officially divorced. Not only was I physically alone during this time but I felt that there wasn’t any support for me as I navigated the path of divorce. I was away from family and friends. I was grieving the loss of a pregnancy and now the end of my marriage several months after. I questioned on why this was all happening to me and what I did to deserve so much pain and discomfort back to back. I’m working on healing and getting closer to God and this tool can be a helpful resource because it feels that there are still few resources available to cope and navigate life after divorce in a modern time. It is my prayer that we can all find peace and healing.



  12. Jennifer on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 at 4:59 pm

    I have started reading Living Unbroken and it has helped me a lot. I was married for 31 years and have 2 adult children. I don’t know what I’m supposed to be anymore. I’m not his wife and my kids don’t need me because they’re grown. I just feel stuck. Don’t understand how my husband cheating then walking out and divorcing me is part of Gods good plan. Would love to have the workbook and go through to course.



  13. Angie Eisenbeis on Thursday, December 23, 2021 at 12:10 am

    I need to read this book! I am divorced twice and trying to recover from narcissistic abuse. I’m 50 with grown kids that don’t need me, no husband, no home, and no hope. I have a good therapist though, and I’m just trying to forgive myself and love myself again. This book may help me. I would love to share with my church family – Good News Community Church, Festus MO. They have been a huge source of love and support for me.



  14. Gail Masondo on Friday, December 24, 2021 at 6:28 am

    Thank you for allowing God to use you in this way..I am an American who now lives on South Africa.this particular life recovery program resonates because I have been divorced and I am a counselor..a life recovery coach serving broken and women who come from the professional arena..I know what it’s like to live through the shame and gulit which presents itself and while I have a testimony of restoration this tool would be so helpful in my practice..our postal service here in SA is also broken..and we do not have access to all Amazon products..so my request is a simple but profound one..HEL



  15. Maureen L on Monday, January 24, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    After 28 1/2 years of marriage, I found out my husband was having an affair with a younger woman. He has asked for a divorce and wants to build a life with his new found “love.” We have one daughter who he has told lies to about me (apparently for some time now) and she wants nothing to do with me and is encouraging the divorce. We went to some counseling at our church, however, It was made clear that this is all my fault due to a physical prolapse. I have since started to attend another local church which this program would be a great addition to with love, support and courage. I am so broken, lonely, and in shambles. I know God has a path that I am trying to walk on. I would love the workbook along with the course.