Unraveling: Hanging Onto Faith Through the End of a Christian Marriage

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Abingdon Press, 2013 - Family & Relationships - 226 pages
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To be a separated or divorced Christian is to be an anomaly, a scandal. No one knows what box to put you in or what to do with you, and this no-man s land--pun intended--can be a very isolating and core-shaking place to dwell. Elisabeth Klein Corcoran knows from experience. After extensive counseling, mentoring, 12-step groups, many tears, and even more prayers, Elisabeth found her 18-year marriage ending in separation and divorce. A believer completely in love with Jesus, Elisabeth was alone, drowning in a sea of emotions, and questioning how to navigate her way through the end of her marriage. Elisabeth walks readers through the varied emotions of being newly single in this collection of vulnerable and hopeful essays, expounding on some of the most common struggles of divorce: anger, faith, guilt, loneliness, and more. What started as an article for Crosswalk.com, has turned into a calling to soothe broken hearts with stories, prayer, action steps, and Scripture readings, helping readers hold on to profound faith and reassurance in the one Love that will never die. Whether separated, newly divorced, or just considering divorce, women will find hope and comfort in these short, but dynamic readings."
 

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I haven't read a book this honest and open in a long time. For any Christian who is experiencing divorce, this is a must read. Even if it has been some time since your divorce, reading this book will ... Read full review

Contents

Raw
1
Hope
5
Guilt
10
Heart
15
Opinions
20
Perseverance
26
Flourishing
31
Waiting
35
Brokenness
120
Healing
125
Suffering 180
130
Avoidance 185
135
Doubt
140
Strength
144
Sadness
150
Stress
155

Happiness
40
Expectations
45
Goodbyes
49
Gratitude
55
Children
61
Loneliness
66
Health
71
Fear
75
Identity
79
Hatred
84
Joy
89
Friendship
98
Hurts
104
Enough
109
Anger
115
Vulnerability
160
Unknowns
165
Exhaustion
169
Rejection
173
Enemies
177
Grief
181
Relief
185
Truth
189
New
194
Wrapping Up
199
Afterword by Lauren F Winner
202
Acknowledgments
205
Open Letter to My Children
210
For Those Who Want to Help
216
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About the author (2013)

Elisabeth Klein Corcoran is an author, blogger, speaker and founder of the women's ministry at Christ Community Church's Blackberry Creek Campus for 10 years. With a heart for social justice and outreach to women, she leads international mission trips, organizes women's meetings, and moderates Facebook groups connected with difficult marriages, domestic abuse, and divorce. A regular contributor for websites such as Crosswalk.com and Graceformoms.com, she lives with her two teenagers in Illinois.

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