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“Moving From Broken to Beautiful” is for everyone who hurts. Learn the book’s nine life lessons to live victoriously. Let us travel toward hope and healing. Leave fear behind and step forward in faith. Reconstruct your lives in the journey towards hope and inner healing. Get through the fear and come out strong. Learn to live life on your own terms with grace, humor, and genuine caring. Leave destructive patterns of thought and behavior behind. Move forward to a life set free by truth.

Being true to ourselves is a most difficult challenge in life. You’re not alone in your life. You too can overcome life’s challenges and live a full life, filled with hope. Lift yourself up from the darkness with courage to find the joy God has kept for you. Get a genuine love ministry for hurting, broken people.

This book opens our hearts to understand precious truths to give us peace and joy. It brings new life back to the hopeless to open the door to healing. Each chapter is flooded with God’s light and love. It gives a genuine sense of hope to those who seek strength, comfort and the wisdom to get through life’s challenges.

Yvonne Timorah Beales Resized


Yvonne Ortega is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner, a Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor, and bilingual professional speaker. She is the author of Moving from Broken to Beautiful: 9 Life Lessons to Help You Move Forward and FindingHope for Your Journey through Breast Cancer (Revell). She’s also a contributing author to The Embrace of a Fatherand Transformed. Her website is http://www.yvonneortega.com

Yvonne is on the board for Christians in Recovery, speaks for Stonecroft Ministries, and is the Stonecroft Regional Speaker Trainer for Virginia. She loves to speak to audiences in either English or Spanish about her journey in moving from broken to beautiful and enjoys hearing from her readers.


Yvonne, you’re celebrating the release of your new book, Moving from Broken to Beautiful: 9 Life Lessons to Help You Move Forward. What led you to write that book?

Friends often asked me how I survived and thrived after a domestic violence marriage, divorce, single parenting, breast cancer, several car accidents, and the loss of my only child. I would tell them, and they would say, “You need to write a book about that. It would encourage other people.”

After I heard some version of that response dozens of times, I sensed God leading me to write the book.

All those trials make me think the book might be somber or depressing. Is it?

On the contrary, remember the subtitle is 9 Life Lessons to Help You Move Forward. The style of writing is positive and hopeful. Friends tell me my sense of humor keeps the message upbeat.

How does your work as a licensed professional counselor influence the book?

I became a therapist after the divorce. My training and clinical experience helped me to focus on change for the better rather than being stuck in the past. However, my writing and speaking are not based exclusively on my training and clinical experience but also on the life lessons I learned. Although I’ve also used stories from other people, I have changed names and some identifying details to protect their privacy.

What makes Moving from Broken to Beautiful an interactive book?

The introduction of Moving from Broken to Beautiful suggests how the readers can utilize the book. At the end of each chapter, the readers will find three activities, three affirmations, three Scriptural readings, a prayer, and two pages to journal their thoughts and emotions about the life lesson in that chapter. The book emphasizes application of the life lessons.

What additional resources make Moving from Broken to Beautiful an interactive book that encourages the readers?

Appendix A has thirty additional affirmations to encourage the readers. Appendix B has thirty additional Scriptural readings to give the readers hope that they, too, can move from broken to beautiful. Appendix C lists and describes helpful links for cancer, divorce recovery, domestic violence, grief recovery, and substance use recovery.

The book has one hundred and three pages. Did you have a reason for keeping it short?

Yes, I did. People who are going through a major illness or some other crisis don’t have a lot of time to read. They want help and hope, but they want them quickly.

Where can the readers purchase Moving from Broken to Beautiful?

They can go to Smashwords, Create Space, and Amazon. They can buy a paperback book or an e-book for the Kindle, iBook, Nook, Sony Books, Deisel, Flipkart (India), and Kobo (Europe).


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