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September 26, 2008

Open book thread

Kristine_booksigning Our own Kristine Steakley recently did a book-signing and reading at PFM. Here's an excerpt from her excellent new book, Child of Divorce, Child of God: A Journey of Hope and Healing:

Even today there is a happy-go-lucky crowd singing the merry party line of "divorce won't hurt the children if you do it right." Not surprisingly, the proponents of this theory are parents who have divorced. I have yet to meet or hear of a child of divorce who has bought into it -- we know better. There is not a "right way" to do divorce so that no one gets hurt. It may be a nice idea, but the reality simply does not work that way. Our actions have consequences, and one of the consequences of divorce is the battered hearts of children whose homes are broken when marriage vows are abandoned.

This book is not intended to be a pity party for children of divorce. It is not a forum to whine about how tragic our lives have been, and it certainly is not a tell-all that airs the dirty laundry of my own family. This is not a sob story about how hard it is to have divorced parents. Rather, it is a story about hope and healing. Coming from a broken home is difficult, but it is not insurmountable. But if all we have are the world's answers to the hurt we experience, then we are in big trouble. It doesn't take long to figure out that the world's answers do not work! There is not enough beer, sex, drugs, perfection, academia, counseling -- in short, not enough of anything -- to dull the pain, much less heal it.

But there is an answer. God provides a firm foundation for healing our broken hearts.

For a copy of Kristine's book, click here. And don't forget to stop by the comments section to let us know what you're reading.

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