Reviewed December 17, 2006.
Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton,
2002. 369 pages.
A big thank
you to my Mom for
sending me this series of books.
admits that this
book was written to “illustrate what I believe God teaches about
marriage.” He says, “I’ve written many
books about how to restore broken relationships. But
nothing touches the heart, nothing
fleshes out the truth quite like a good story.”
will feature the
Baxter family and their five adult children. In
this book, Kari learns that her professor husband is
having an affair
with a student. He wants a divorce.
Kari is, of
devastated. The description of the sick
feeling in her stomach when she learned the truth really makes the
her pain. But she decides that she made
a commitment to her husband, and she refuses to give him a divorce. Even though her former boyfriend comes back
in town, and everyone seems to think she should “move on.”
Kingsbury does a
wonderful job of telling a beautiful, compelling story from this
there is a slight taste of a sermon about it. And
when the couple attends a marriage workshop like those
it feels like a commercial.
refreshing reading a novel where someone decides to stand for their
and not just give a divorce as soon as her husband asks for one. A nice change
from what so many books and movies tell us or
assume. They didn’t touch the fact that,
states, he can get a divorce anyway. I
have discovered that under Illinois
law, if my husband waits until we have been separated for two years, he
easily get a divorce for “irreconcilable differences.”
It’s going to be a long haul to persevere for
all that time without signing papers to hurry things along, but I do
the right thing to do. And it was
to read a rare story about someone who did the same thing.
Though I was
a bit annoyed by
how easily things worked out for her. She
thought a few months of her husband away was a long
time! I’ve heard many stories of
marriages, and many, many “prodigal spouses” do return, but it is much
common for it to take far longer than a few months, especially if they
already having an affair, as hers was. Of
the end, she gets a much too easy solution. But
maybe I feel that way because I so related to her
predicament of her
husband wanting a divorce—so I didn’t want things to work out so much
for her so much more quickly than they’re working out for me! In short, I guess I was a bit jealous. It was a little bit too close to my situation,
but her story was much easier than what I’ve see in real life.
is a moving
story, told well. It’s very tricky to
tell a story that has a message, but on the other hand it can be
it’s a good message. And I have to admit
that reading it made me feel much less strange to want to keep my
well as much less alone.
Copyright © 2006 Sondra Eklund. All
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