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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

BOOK REVIEW: Unfaithful

Can you rebuild trust after a marriage is shattered by infidelity?

Get the truth about adultery recovery from a couple who’s been there.

This book is a "must have" for every married couple's library. I would also recommend it for those who are engaged or thinking of marrying, because it offers great advice on how to place boundaries and hedges around your relationship.

Gary and Mona Shriver share their most heartbreaking moments, the steps that led their relationship into being vulnerable, and the long painful process that saved their marriage.

In the first chapter, (Revelation), the book opens with Gary's thoughts and emotions as he is driving home to confess to his wife that he's had an affair. This chapter was so raw and so emotional, I found myself choking back the sobs as I read about this couple's journey.

I admire the Shriver's willingness to be completely honest and open with this book about their life - it's a testimony of forgiveness, grace and restoration that we all can learn from.

Statistics show that one in every four marriages is impacted by infidelity. If you haven’t experienced the searing pain of unfaithfulness, odds are you know someone who has. The affects of infidelity are devastating and have destroyed many families, but adultery doesn’t have to be an automatic death sentence for your marriage. You can trust again. You can restore intimacy. You can have a relationship that you will both cherish for a lifetime.

Fifteen years ago, Gary and Mona Shriver experienced the devastation caused by adultery. After saving their relationship, the Shrivers wrote Unfaithful (David C Cook, November 2009), the true story of how God restored their unraveling marriage. Raw and transparently honest, the Shrivers’ story alone is an inspiration, offering hope and practical strategies for healing. In this revised version, the authors add new information on emotional affairs and share real life stories of betrayal and complete healing.

As co-founders of Hope and Healing Ministries, a Christian peer support ministry for couples in adultery recovery, the Shrivers have seen countless broken marriages restored and transformed into intimate relationships built on love, respect, and trust. Unfaithful is a lifeline for couples with no hope in sight. It is also a useful resource for ministers, counselors, as well as friends and family of couples struggling to recover after a spouse has strayed.

With updated content and new discussion questions, Unfaithful is an ideal resource for small group studies or support groups. This revised version also offers a recovery timeline from a couples’ perspective, a helpful addition for couples wondering what the healing process will look like.

“We can now say with absolute sincerity that we have fully healed from the adultery,” the Shrivers share. “Our marriage is strong and mutually satisfying. We have love and trust. And we can only encourage you with the fact that it is worth the journey.”

Unfaithful by Gary and Mona Shriver

David C Cook November 1, 2009

ISBN: 978-1-4347-6533-8/256 pages/softcover/$14.99

This book was provided for review by The B & B Media Group.

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