Book Review: Hope for the Separated


Wounded Marriages Can Be Healed

I just finished reading “Hope for the Separated: Wounded Marriages Can Be Healed” by Gary Chapman.  In the book, Gary deals with:

  • Taking constructive actions while separated in regards to your own personal life, your relationship with God, and your relationship with your mate.
  • Loving one another while separated through kindness, patience, and all the other attributes of charity listed in 1 Corinthians 13.
  • Handling loneliness, bitterness, reconciliation, and even divorce, if it comes to that.

I liked the book for several reasons:

  1. It dealt with real-life problems.  Often, we paint idealistic pictures of marriage that often are very far removed from where the average marriage is.  I think that Gary gives alot of help to any couple who want to improve their marriage whether they are separated or not.
  2. It gave very practical advice.  Gary takes the teachings of the Bible on love and explains how that love could look in a marriage.
  3. It offers hope.  When there are marital problems, it might be possible for a couple to lose hope and resign themselves to divorce, because divorce is so common and seen as just a part of our society.  This book encourages hope, gives reasons to be hopeful, and practical ideas for how to put your marriage back together with God’s help.

I encourage you to pick up a copy of the book.  With only eleven chapters and 119 pages, it is a short book.   It will be a blessing to anyone who is contemplating marriage, wants to improve their marriages, or desires to heal a wounded marriage.

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