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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Cruciform Press (August 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936760797
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936760794
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,059,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

John Greco is a freelance writer in the Atlanta area. In the past, he’s served in a variety of local church positions, and he’s been a staff writer for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Crown Financial Ministries. He holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. John’s website is BlogInMyOwnEye.com.

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John Greco is the author of Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God. He currently serves as a writer and editor for an international Christian ministry in the Atlanta area. In the past, he's held a variety of local church positions, and he's been a staff writer for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Crown Financial Ministries. He holds a Master of Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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Greco was married and moving towards his dream job of becoming a discipleship pastor when everything fell apart.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Chris Ho on September 19, 2013
Format: Paperback
What would you say to someone who's undergoing or who has already went through a divorce?
Is the gospel powerful enough to handle a divorce? The answer is a resounding yes, and John Greco seeks to show that in his book.

The book is split into 5 short chapters, and each of them was very readable.

The first chapter sets the context of the book, it talks about the author's experience in divorce, mainly about how his ex-wife had an affair and wants now to undergo a divorce. Not only so, the divorce had a domino effect and he lost his job as a pastor, but it then introduces the wonder of the gospel, with an eager expectation that one day, we will be free of all such effects of sin in this world that we currently live in.

Chapter 2 talks about how God works in mysterious and unexpected ways and how sometimes God does things for reasons known only to Him. Then it proceeds about the danger one faces when undergoing such situations, like a belief in a better circumstances in the future, or we begin to trust ourselves. The chapter ends with a clear call to trust in God in everything and for everything

Chapter 3 deals with the situation where one has to undergo 'unjust' suffering through no apparent fault of their own - "What is God doing?" - one will struggle with the question "Why I am made to got through this when I am not in the wrong?". The truth is, as the author points out, there is no one who's innocent, we are all sinners. In these situations we might be better than the other party, but hey, even our most righteous deeds are filthy rags, we too need Jesus to carry all our guilt.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chloe G on October 27, 2013
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I am not quite done yet but God...thank you. Going through a divorce presently I truly needed your words of encouragement and guidance on the steps to take towards healing. Your Movements truly blessed me and helped me release so much to God. Your book also confirmed many things I've felt in regards to suffering as Christ and knowing there is a purpose intended. Thank you so much for sharing your story. May God continue to bless you and use you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kicker on September 24, 2013
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The topic of divorce in the Christian world is one that elicits a wide range of emotions. We have all encountered people who are dogmatic in their beliefs that divorce for any reason is unbiblical, and automatically disqualifies you for serving in any ministry capacity. Most of the time, those people don't even care to know the details about what led to the divorce. They simply brand you with the giant letter "D" (for divorce) on your chest (much like Hester's letter "A" in The Scarlet Letter), and cast you to disqualified Pastor/Deacon purgatory. However, even the Catholics who believe purgatory, give their people a chance to pay their penalty one day, and to "enter the joy of heaven". The people who hold to the view that all divorce is unbiblical seemingly do not want to extend a similar type of mercy to those who gave their all to make their marriages work, but their spouse either had an affair and violated the marriage covenant, or are not true born-again believers themselves and therefore have no desire to stay married to the person whose heart has been regenerated by the Spirit of God. After studying divorce myself, and reading/listening to countless sermons about the issue, I think we make a grave error in broad-brushing all divorce as unbiblical and that it automatically disqualifies you to serve in any ministry capacity in the church.

John Greco's book, Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God, is a short, but refreshingly biblical and honest look, at divorce through the eyes of a man who was days away from moving to Ohio to take over as the Associate Pastor of a church (his dream job) when he was confronted by a wife who confessed to an affair and wanted a divorce.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Armstrong on October 17, 2013
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If you want to kill a conversation, bring up divorce. Even though our culture treats it as no big deal, divorce is weighty. Something breaks within us when we hear that a friend or family member's marriage is ending. And with good reason: Instinctively, we know divorce "shouldn't" happen. It's not remotely what God designed for marriage.

But, as John Greco puts it in his new book, Broken Vows, "If marriage is two people becoming one flesh, as the Bible says, then divorce is like that flesh being torn in two without anesthetic."

This was certainly Greco's experience, when he learned his wife wanted a divorce and had no interest in pursuing counselling. Not only did her decision end their marriage, it ended his career--the church he was called to pastor rescinded the call and he was left broke, unemployed, and bearing the mark of the "scarlet D" (to borrow a phrase).

And yet, despite all the hardship he experienced, despite all the pain and emotional anguish he suffered, he can look back and say, God was good in this. And this is what he wants readers to learn. He wants us all to see "a gospel-centered life learns to recognize everything--even seemingly bad things--as being the very best from the hand of a loving God and Father."

In all honesty, this is a difficult book to review. I've never been divorced, nor do I plan to be, Lord willing. But I am a child of divorce and I've seen multiple family members divorce. And friends, too. So it's hard to say, "this particular point really spoke to me and here's how I'm applying it." I'm just not in that place.
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