Back to Main Page

Social Media Sharing

Social media is a great way to help spread the word about Living With a Broken Heart so that it can bless as many people's lives as possible. Here are some ideas:


Creating your own personal posts and tweets that share your thoughts about the book is a great way to spread the word.
-- What ideas in the book caught your attention?
-- What was/were your favorite story/ies in the book?
-- What ideas or stories evoked the strongest emotional response?
-- What inspired you about the book?
-- Did you have any "AHA!" or "light bulb" moments as you were reading the book?
-- Was there anything in the book that you disagreed with? Why?

When you share your thoughts about the book on Facebook, LinkedIn, or other social media sites that aren't as restrictive on how many words or characters you can use (like Twitter is), please include a link to For Twitter tweets, you can use the shortened URL, and please include @paulorear in the tweet as well.


Another great way to let other people know about the book through social media is to share quotes or brief excerpts from the book.

With Twitter, you are obviously limited to short quotes because of the 140-character limit. Please include the following at the end of your tweets: @paulorear

With longer-post social media such as Facebook, you can choose longer quotes or excerpts. Please include a link to


Here are a few examples of posts and tweets about the book. Feel free to use these as-is (by copying and pasting).


How do you go on living when it seems your heart will never be whole again? @paulorear

Grief and heartache are not the whole story — not even close! @paulorear

With every child whose laughter is restored, this world becomes a better and brighter place. @paulorear

Look for all the beauty and all the fun that life has to offer. @paulorear p9

Mom was right. Life is not fair. @paulorear p22

"I found myself surprised at the unpredictable nature of my grief." @paulorear

Hearts broken by grief cannot be fixed. @paulorear p25

Each person grieves in their own way. @paulorear p25

Grief and Happiness can peacefully coexist. @paulorear p25

"All things work together for good to those who love God." @paulorear p25

You can learn to live with a broken heart. @paulorear

There are no "right words" that can be spoken to fix broken hearts. @paulorear p26

"Her absence hurts so much because her presence brought so much joy." @paulorear p52

Ashley's legacy: "Trust in God, and never give up." @paulorear p64

"Getting over it" is not even an option. @paulorear p83

Your grief belongs to you and to no one else. @paulorear p88

No two people grieve in exactly the same way. @paulorear p105

Sometimes, God can accomplish more through us in our suffering than in our comfort. @paulorear p145

No one said that grief was going to be easy. @paulorear p164

Depression is not hopeless, and it does not have to be permanent. @paulorear p176

"The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart." (Psalm 34:18) @paulorear

God's answer is not always "yes," but it is always the right answer. @paulorear p190

Ashley, quite simply, is worth remembering. @paulorear p204


Each box below is a separate post. Just copy everything that is inside one of the boxes, and then paste it into a Facebook post. The intro line is useful so that your readers know the context of your post, and because it gives them a link to learn more if they are interested.

From "Living With a Broken Heart," by Paul O'Rear (

Life is not fair. Mom warned us about that harsh reality when we were just kids. In the words of the Shirelles, “Mama said there’d be days like this.” Mama was right! Life has a way of knocking you down, throwing you a sucker punch, yanking the rug right out from under your feet. Sometimes you fall so hard that it seems impossible to ever get back up. Often these knockdowns produce an emptiness and a sense of pain that reach to the very core of your being—an emotional state that we often describe as being brokenhearted.

From "Living With a Broken Heart," by Paul O'Rear (

In the classic movie, It’s A Wonderful Life, Angel Second Class Clarence Oddbody tells George Bailey that “every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel’s just got his wings.” I did not hear the bells ringing on November 24, 2001, but if Clarence is right then I know they were ringing wildly, because on that cold November day, my own angel Ashley received her wings and flew away to heaven.

From "Living With a Broken Heart," by Paul O'Rear (

Trust in God, and never give up. This is Ashley’s Legacy. It was the battle cry by which she fought her own battle, and it is the heroic advice that she timidly offered whenever she was asked how to make it through life’s darkest days.

In facing the deep despair and utter emptiness of losing Ashley at such a young age, we have simply taken a page from her playbook as we struggle to make it through life’s darkest days: “Trust in God, and never give up.”

From "Living With a Broken Heart," by Paul O'Rear (

When Dad died in December of 1989, the words "until death do us part" became a haunting reality for Mom. They were no longer just hypothetical words spoken by young lovers as part of a fairy tale wedding. Death was the only thing that could have parted Mom and Dad, and after spending thirty-three years of their lives together, it became the only thing that did separate them.

From "Living With a Broken Heart," by Paul O'Rear (

As my life takes me further away from the day Ashley left this world for her eternal home, I have become better able to carry on the demanding duties of work and everyday life in spite of the emptiness created by her loss. Those moments of relapse seem to be getting further apart, even though any particular relapse has the potential to be powerfully intense. The pain has not gone away. It is simply moving from a place of prominence in the foreground of my life, where it started when Ashley died, to a less conspicuous place somewhere in the background. There will always be a scar. There will always be an emptiness. There will always be something missing. But I am learning better each day how to go on living, and loving, and laughing, and remembering … with a broken heart.

From "Living With a Broken Heart," by Paul O'Rear (

The heartache of losing a loved one does not simply vanish with time. You cannot just put your grief behind you and go on with life as though it never happened.

If you were involved in an automobile accident that resulted in your right arm being severed, do you think that life could possibly ever be “normal” again? Of course not! If you were right-handed prior to the accident, you would have to train yourself to write with your left hand, to eat with your left hand, to do everything with your left hand. You would have to teach yourself to tie your shoes using only one hand, to type using only one hand, to ride a bicycle or drive a car using only one hand, to dress yourself using only one hand, and to do everything else that was once a two-handed task using only one hand.

It is true that, with time, you would develop increased ability and proficiency in performing all those tasks. But would life ever be the same as it was when you had two arms and two hands? Absolutely not. Your right arm is gone for good. It is never going to grow back. For the entire rest of your life, you will be a one-armed person living in a world designed for people with two arms.

From "Living With a Broken Heart," by Paul O'Rear (

One of the most frustrating things about losing a loved one is the expectations of other people concerning the appropriate ways in which to deal with your grief.

If you cry too much or for too long, people may be inclined to think that you are slipping into an unhealthy depression and that you may need counseling or drugs to help you get over it and get on with your life.

If you laugh too much or too soon, people may be inclined to think that you are suppressing your grief in unhealthy ways and that you may need counseling or drugs to help you be able express your grief in appropriate ways, so that it does not all stay bottled up inside you.

From "Living With a Broken Heart," by Paul O'Rear (

Helping a grieving friend is more of a heart thing than a head thing. Don’t spend a lot of time trying to figure out the logical thing to say or do. Grief has very little to do with logic.

After praying for God to give you wisdom, the best thing you can do is to simply love. Whatever words you speak, whatever actions you pursue, just let your heart be your guide. Act and speak out of unselfish love for your friend, and you will be a blessing to his or her broken heart.

God bless you as you strive to bless those who are grieving.