I didn’t buy When Love Dies:How to Save a Hopeless Marriage by Judy Bodmer for me. I bought it because I’m an elder’s wife and I thought it would be a good tool for the occasional marriage encouragement we do with couples.
I was also curious. I know the author, Judy, as we’re both members of the Northwest Christian Writers’ Association. She’s a director for the annual Northwest Christian Writers’ Renewal and I’ve been privileged to volunteer alongside her for several years. She’s an amazing older woman I’ve grown to love and admire. On the occasion I’ve watched Judy and her husband work together, I’ve seen their mutual admiration, respect and affection and thought, "Judy? Really? She had marriage troubles? And she’s willing to admit it?"
Christians don’t always do that. Sometimes we put on our church clothes and our church words and play a part. We don’t always delve into personal lives the way we should for mutual encouragement and burden-bearing.
Do you know anyone you could walk up to right now and truly confess what you’re going through? Would you get the spiritual wisdom you need? Would your confidence be kept?
Judy caught my heart, by opening hers. She graciously combines the wisdom of human experience and the wisdom from her study of the Word of God. Through the printed page, she is the wiser, older woman your heart has been longing to know.
I made the mistake of reading this on an airplane with only half a package of travel tissue, ya’ know, those little ones you carry in your purse, but the tissue is folded up so much, that by the time you get it all the way unfolded, you need more than one?
I began taking notes of her admonitions and I knew I would be reading this book again. And again….and again…
There isn’t any marriage that’s at a state of perfection and doesn’t need encouragement. I wasn’t packing the suitcase on the way out of the door, but I learned how to keep it from getting to that point.
But, this book doesn’t relate to only marriage, it relates to ANY relationship you have. When you see the word “husband” just substitute the name of anyone you are struggling with.
Like she was peeking through the dirty windows of my heart, Judy describes the Symptoms of An Unforgiving Heart, p. 41
1. Blowing up over seemingly small things
2. Sarcastic remarks that are meant to hurt
3. Talking about your husband to others
6. Unexplained headaches, stomach problems, fatigue
7. A bout of tears for no apparent reason
Though the book is written at a time when her marriage was struggling, it could be read by newlyweds to keep themselves from getting to that point. It could be read by happily married couples, to have an even better marriage.
I didn’t buy When Love Dies for me, but it was exactly the book I didn’t know I needed to read.
It also might also be the book you didn’t know you needed to read.
Despite trying for days to use one of those fancy blog give-away plug-ins, I couldn’t figure it out. We’re still going to do the old-fashioned way this week.
My giveaway will be open from Wednesday, February 13th at 5am Pacific time until Monday, February 18th at 12:00pm.
There are three ways to enter. You may enter three times if you qualify for each of the three different options.
1. Leave a comment on this blog about something you do to keep love alive in your marriage. We all could use the encouragement! Include your email address.
2. Like my Mindy Peltier Author page. Click on the FB icon to find me. Return to this blog post and leave a separate comment letting me know you did this. (All new followers will get credit for this, even if you liked me before the give-away.) Include your email address.
MANDITORY! You must leave your email address with each entry. I can’t find you without it. Entries without email addresses will be deleted.
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