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Breaking and Mending: Divorce and Gods Grace [Paperback]

By Mary Lou Redding (Author)
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Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.03" Width: 6.03" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1998
Publisher   Upper Room Books
ISBN  0835808556  
EAN  9780835808552  

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From the publisher: In struggling to make sense of her own painful divorce, Redding looked to the bible, where she found guidance and hope. Her intimate book weaves her personal story with those from scripture to help other Christians who are facing divorce find God's grace in the midst of pain. Breaking and mending looks at the spiritual issues of divorce, rather than the sociological ones, and allows the scriptures to illuminate and heal those who are facing this difficult transition. Chapters deal with forgiveness, breaking old patterns, broken dreams, and healing.

Publishers Description
In struggling to make sense of her own painful divorce, Mary Lou Redding looked to the Bible where she found guidance and hope. Her intimate book weaves her personal story with those from scripture to help other Christians who are facing divorce find God's grace in the midst of pain.

Breaking and Mending looks at the spiritual issues of divorce, rather than the sociological ones, and allows the scriptures to illuminate and heal those who are facing this difficult transition. For example, chapter one deals with broken dreams and uses the story of Hosea and Gomer. Later chapters focus on forgiveness, breaking old patterns, forging a new identity as a single person, and searching for healthy relationships. Honest and straightforward, Redding has written a book which addresses the hard issues of divorce, but always with hope in God's unfolding grace.

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Mary Lou Redding currently resides in Nashville, in the state of Tennessee. Mary Lou Redding was born in 1950.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Going The Distance  Feb 13, 2004
This book has just been a Godsend these past few weeks! I still deal with vulnerabilities 3+ years after the divorce. I felt like the author hit on all the major ones: Is the divorce my fault; am I anything without a partner, will I have healthy relationships in the wake of a dysfunctional upbringing, etc. She talked about how she felt about the particular challenge. Then, she presented some Biblically-based perspective on how an individual can surmount that stumbling block. This book is a keeper! I keep going back and reading a chapter as I grapple with specific challenges. It's appeal goes beyond the "Christian" reader.
I didn't care for it much  Mar 26, 2002
I found myself wishing I'd bought something else about halfway through this book. I recently came out of a very abusive marriage for unimpeachable reasons (adultery included) and I thought the author had no principles whatsoever. She had no biblical grounds for her divorce and actually boasted about dating and even kissing various men--and getting sexually aroused herself and arousing them--with no honorable intentions beyond. This really offended me. I could have gotten the same approach from a secular title.

In addition, her description of "predators" in Christian circles who go after divorced women scared the bejeebies out of me. I am trying hard in therapy to get over my terror of men and my conviction that they are all slimeballs out after only one thing, even when they hide it behind a religious facade, and this book only reinforced my fears.

Her thoughts that God still loves divorced people and still has a plan for their future were comforting, yes, but doesn't every Christian divorce title in print say this same thing?

Thumbs down.

Real Life  Apr 8, 2001
I really like this book because I felt that the author conveyed honesty and a real picture of married life and relationships (also after being single again). A lot of people do pretend in public that everything is okay when that is not always the case. This leaves a false impression on others on what a marriage is like. I think all marriages have problems that couples work on but this is the only book I have read that addressed the problem of one spouse not being in love with the other. I think this is a common problem when people marry for many other reasons such as pregnancy before marriage, money, and whatever else you can think of. The author did not try to gloss over problems and pretend that counseling and prayer solved her problems. She communicated everything that she tried to make the marriage work and how she honestly felt at the results of those efforts. I felt the author was honest in conveying her struggles as a christian and not wanting to disappoint God. The book is more about healing and God's grace after deciding to get divorce as opposed to God's commandments on divorce.
What a blessing!  Jan 30, 2001
I picked this book up in the summber of 2000. I read this immediately after reading two other books that had a profound affect on me. Still unsure as to what the outcome was going to be in my marriage, after I finished this book, I felt relieved to know that I would not go to hell if I chose divorce.

I learned that God does allow u-turns in life.

My marriage has been very, very painful. I have endured years of verbal abuse and crazy making. I stayed in my relationship believing that I would be committing an unpardonable sin if I divorced. I no longer believe that...although I must admit, it's a day to day struggle.

I, like many wives out there, counseled till I was blue in the face (I'm still in counseling) while my husband did a few sessions and now believes he is well and healed.

Yesterday, I saw his heart through more abuse and now realize he is not going to change and that it's time for me to move forward with my life.

Because of this book, I know that God knows I have tried everything humanly possible to save my marriage, but now it's time to accept the grace that God is offering me in divorce. I know it breaks HIS heart, it breaks my heart too and it will break the children's hearts as well. However, it would break my heart to have my children endure the pain of accepting a relationship like this or become abusive as well when they marry.

I have my issues and I am not perfect, but I am doing what I can through counseling and reading, to work on myself so that I can be a good example to my children. As I move forward to become the person God created me to be (after years of feeling like a nobody, a zero, and brainless), I know HE is not waiting behind a cloud to smite me (as some pastors and elders all but say) because God loves me, I am wonderfully made by Him and He has plans for me...great plans!

A Godsend!  Jul 28, 2000
This book was instrumental in my healing from a broken marriage. Its particular strength is in Redding's perspective, having grown up in a conservative Christian environment. She deals honestly with the reality that, divorce sometimes seems to be the only option, even for two Bible-beliving Christians. This book helped me feel less alone and even articulated some of my deepest thoughts and fears. It is rooted in the reality that God loves us more than we will ever comprehend and nothing can change that - even the sin of divorce. She also offers practical advice for healing after the divorce. I believe this book was inspired!

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