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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pass It On Publications (April 9, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981474705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981474700
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #819,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mae Chambers and her husband, John, have had a saved marriage since 1985. For years, they have seen the tremendous impact of sharing their own story of healing with hurting couples. Fascinated by the "power of a story," Mae teamed up with her daughter, Erika, to publish a book FULL of saved marriage stories. With a shared passion to see broken families restored, Mae and Erika founded SavedMarriagenetwork.com, which provides online access to some of the most effective marriage-saving resources available today.

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Once she mailed that letter to Clint, Penny left the outcome completely in God’s hands. She was at peace for the first time in many years.

Until she came home late from work one Friday evening and was greeted by the blinking red light on her answering machine. She never expected that blinking light to represent a message left in that familiar, deep southern voice—a voice she hadn’t heard in over a decade.

His message said, among other things, that he had received her letter that day and would make “one more attempt” to call at 8:00 p.m.

Penny was absolutely stunned at hearing Clint’s message. She fell to her knees and sobbed in desperate prayer. Penny was not about to miss that call. After calling her best friend in utter panic, Penny sat alone with God and waited. As the minute hand struck the top of the clock, her telephone rang. Clint’s first words to her, spoken in that deep, familiar drawl, were, “Is that you?”

It’s me, all right, she thought, but a very different “me” than the young woman you once knew.

The humility and gentleness in his voice spoke of Clint’s own transformation. He was a changed man, toting a tone of one who had encountered a similar level of intimacy, mercy, and forgiveness from God that she had.

Their conversation lasted five hours. By the end of it they had put everything on the table. They cried, reminisced, and even laughed together. Most importantly, they exchanged words of regret and forgiveness well into the early morning hours. As they said their good-byes, they prayed together and wished one another well. Their work was complete, and Penny never expected to hear from Clint again.

God, however, was working behind the scenes, gently drawing their hearts back together as He had so gently drawn each of them back to Himself. The day after their marathon phone call, Clint was busy writing a ten-page letter of his own, which Penny would receive just two days later.

"To My Dearest Penny,
This is the longest and most honest letter that I have written since you and I were together. Last night was one of the most eventful nights of my last twelve years. I had a lot of pain and guilt in my heart because of the way you and I ended our relationship. What I am getting ready to say right now is something I never thought I would say to you…

Penny, if all you wanted from me is my forgiveness so you can move on with your life, you have it, and I want you to enjoy it. I want the best for you, my lady. May the Lord bless you. But I still have unconditional love for you in my heart. This is not meant to play with your emotions or with your heart…

Boy, this next part is hard to write, Penny. If it is your desire to meet, I say that you fly from California and I fly from Florida, and we meet somewhere in the middle and spend some time together to pray and do some healthy talking about our ministries and what we feel God wants us to finish for Him for the rest of our lives on Earth.…I would like to see if you and I could get it right this time. "

His words turned Penny’s heart upside-down, as they had so many years ago. She called him that evening, and they began to seek God’s will about if, when, and how they might begin bridging the wide gap between them.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Centore Ph.D. on May 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Mae and Erika Chambers are an unlikely duo to write a marriage book. Or are they? This bluegrass singing, guitar playing, mother-daughter duet doesn't have any training in marriage and family therapy, but what they do have is real life experience.

Mae Chambers' marriage had problems from the Opening Bell, and by its 7th year, the stock was at an all time low. Three out of four counselors said it was time to sell. Mae writes,

"The first three counselors, after hearing of John's re-involvement with drugs and alcohol, his raging verbal abuse, and his adamant refusal to seek help, all advised me to go along with the divorce...But I simply couldn't accept their conclusion...so I found myself in yet another counselor's office...she [the fourth therapist] challenged me to go home, get alone with God, and honestly ask Him to show me what I had done to cause problems in my marriage. My face flushed with anger, but I held my tongue. Obviously she had missed the fact that I was a victim in this mess of a marriage. John was the guilty one.

While John was obviously out of control, Mae began see subtler ways she had contributed to the marital mess. She sought forgiveness and then, as she describes it, began to "stand for her marriage" by remaining faithful to a prodigal husband. In time, her marriage improved.

Real Marital Problems

The book, Can My Marriage be Saved?, is a collection of 22 auto-biographical accounts of severely troubled marriages that survived. The problems are severe, and true to life: cheating husbands, cheating wives, a spectrum of verbal and physical abuse. Some couples describe being estranged for years before reconciliation. Warning, Disney boycotters: its sex, drugs, and bluegrass.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dale Sadler on July 2, 2011
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I first met Mae when I was doing my radio show. Her book was unlike any I had heard of before. When I meet with couples, many are on the brink of divorce and don't know if they can find their way back because of the hurt that has been caused. This book can effectively give them hope through the stories of others who have successfully survived marital trials. This book is great for counseling agencies, marriage ministries in your church, or if you need to get inspiration for your own struggling relationship.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By netrbug on July 5, 2010
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I had a client who mentioned this book as one that has helped her while waiting on her husband to return to their marriage. I bought it and can say that it is one I recommend often to those who are wanting their marriage restored and are waiting on the Lord. There are amazing stories within this cover than can lead to hope and healing.
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