In her new book, Broken and Beautiful: 31 Days from Healing to Joy, author, and certified trauma counselor Julie Ann Rose (Julie Woodley) offers readers a month-long day-by-day path to honesty, restoration, and hope. “Brokenness is not the end, but a new beginning, for those who allow Jesus to reshape their shattered selves into something wonderful and full of His grace,” Julie says. “Walk with me as I share my day-to-day struggles, victories, and moments of clarity on this path with the Re-Creator of My Heart.”
Julie has walked through several lifetimes of trauma, starting with childhood sexual abuse in her home and family, sexual trafficking, post-abortion trauma, head injury, cancer, and divorce. While such tremendous pain creates deep scarring of a person’s identity, Julie has learned that by trusting the One who was scarred on our behalf, the hardships and turmoil have the potential to transform the hurt person into something beautiful. Like a translucent piece of sea glass polished by the unrelenting waves of innumerable tides, Christ can shape the wounded person into someone lovely to behold.