The old adage says that time heals all wounds, but those looking for more immediate relief from heartbreak can rely on religion and spirituality publishers for help. Four new titles present spiritual practices, such as prayer and meditation, as a means for finding peace after a romantic failure.

Love Hurts: Buddhist Advice for the Heartbroken

By Lodro Rinzler (Shambhala, Dec.)

The author of The Buddha Walks into a Bar shares Buddhist-inspired advice for fixing a broken heart, urging readers to “sit in the middle of the sadness” in order to come to terms with rejection and unfulfilled expectations. Rinzler tells of his personal experiences with failed romance and suffering, and told PW that “there’s no way to talk truly about heartbreak without being vulnerable yourself.” 

Talk Yourself Happy: Transform Your Heart by Speaking God’s Promises

By Kristi Watts (Thomas Nelson, Jan.)

Watts, the former co-host of the Christian Broadcasting Network’s 700 Club, reflects on her painful divorce before exploring how words, thoughts, and beliefs can affect happiness. By memorizing biblical principles and saying them aloud, Watts began to overcome feelings of disappointment, sadness, and discouragement. Each chapter ends with Steps to Talk Yourself Happy complete with passages from scripture.

Detox Your Heart: Meditations for Healing Emotional Trauma

By Valerie Mason-John (Wisdom, Feb.)

Mason-John, a former journalist and anger management trainer, walks readers through meditation exercises that incorporate Buddhist principles of mindfulness, loving-kindness, and compassion in her guide to healing emotional pain. The book makes a case for the transformational benefits of recognizing negative emotions, such as sadness and resentment, and how meditation can lead to self-healing and peace.

Season of Heartbreak: Healing for the Heart, Brain, and Soul

By Mark Gregory Karris (Kregel, May)

Making a case that breakups are more than just trivial emotional issues, pastor and therapist Karris draws on traditional spiritual practices such as contemplative prayer, journaling, self-compassion, and forgiveness in a four-step plan intended to help readers move on.