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Finding Hope After Divorce (40-Minute Bible Studies) [Kindle Edition]

Kay Arthur
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Book Description

Divorce is painful. Take comfort in God as healer and counselor. 
 
With divorce comes many questions, pain, and frustration. What am I going to do? How will I survive? What about the children? What will people think of me? What does God think of me?
 
So how can you get through this? Live with it?
 
Through this six-week study you’ll discover solid, biblical insights to help you or a loved one recover from the grief over the end of a marriage. Find practical advice and encouragement, as well as reassurance of God's love and redemptive power at work in even the most difficult situations as you move forward with a godly perspective on your new reality.
 
40 minutes a week could change your life!
 
The 40-Minute Bible Studies series from the teaching team at Precepts Ministries International tackles the topics that matter to you. These inductive study guides, designed to be completed in just six 40-minutes lessons with no homework required, help you discover for yourself what God says and how it applies to your life today. With the leader’s note and Bible passages included right in the book, each self-contained study is a powerful resource for personal growth and small-group discussion.


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PRECEPT MINISTRIES INTERNATIONAL, founded in 1970 by Jack and Kay Arthur, has trained millions of people to discover God’s truth for themselves. The Precepts for Life radio and television programs, hosted by Kay Arthur, reach a worldwide viewing audience of over 94 million. In addition to inductive study training workshops and thousands of small-group studies across America, PMI reaches nearly 150 countries with inductive Bible studies translated into nearly 70 languages.

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“I want a divorce.”
 
You may have heard it. You may have said it. Either way,
the words speak of failure—and failure is hard to bear, hard to excuse, hard
to accept, and hard to get over.
 
Some people say those words—“I want a divorce”—are more
devastating than learning of a mate’s death. Death
brings marriage to an end; there’s no recourse, no reversal.
But in divorce, you both still live. And you have to live with that!
If the words came from your mate, then more than likely you feel
faulted, rejected, scorned, cast away.
 
Questions flood your mind: What am I going to do? How will
 I survive? Who will take care of me? What about the children?
Whose side will they take? What will people think of me?
What does God think of me?
 
When you try to look ahead to the future, all you
can see are more questions: Am I doomed to be alone forever?
Damaged goods? Will God ever again use me in ministry, or will I
always wear a scarlet D in Christian circles? What will people
in the church think? How will they treat me? And what about our friends?
Whose friends will they be? Will aloneness define my life?
 
We could fill pages with question upon question—some rational, some irrational.
Questions that keep you awake, that won’t go away, that keep you
wondering how you will ever get out of bed and do life in the morning.
 
So how can you get through this? Live with it? First and foremost,
you need to know that if you are a child of God, believe it or not,
you are beloved of God. He says it over and over again in His book, the Bible.
 
And if you’re not His child yet, then the reason you have this book in
your hands is because God wants to lavish His love on you. He wants
 to call you beloved, even though you may feel there is nothing lovable about you.
 
Second, you need to know that divorce does not take God by surprise.
Because God is God, because He is omniscient—all knowing—He knew your divorce
was coming. And although He does not like divorce because of the pain
and damage it brings to our lives, God knows that, because of the hardness
of our hearts, some will choose the path of divorce.
 
However, with God, that’s not the end. God describes Himself in the Bible
as the divine Potter, the One who is able to reshape your life into a vessel of
beauty. He’ll put you back on His potter’s wheel, rewet your clay with the
water of His Word, and shape you into a man, a woman of praise,
renown, and glory if you will become putty in His hands.
 
In Psalm 107:20, God offers to send His Word and heal us, to deliver us
from our destructions if we will listen to what He says, believe Him,
trust Him, obey Him. He is a redeemer, the God of all hope.
 
Having experienced personally the devastating effects of divorce and
an immoral lifestyle, I can assure you that your life is not over.
Damaged, yes, but not ruined if you will take God at His word
and cling to Him.
 
The question is, are you willing to give it a try? I pray so.
 
Over the next six weeks you are going to learn much from God’s Word
and from those in your group who take God at His Word.
God tells us two are better than one (Ecclesiastes 4:9), and though
you’ve lost or are losing your mate, you are sure to find a sister, a
brother to walk through this with you as take God’s hand
and follow His path.

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  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (July 15, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
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5.0 out of 5 stars Grace and Truth for those who need it July 15, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
The Kay Arthur 40 Minute Bible Studies series was one of my favorite discoveries as a leader of women's small groups. Years ago when I started a small group for women, we wanted to study God’s Word together and do so with some depth. But we were busy. We had young kids, jobs, ministries and more. Many of us were already doing one or two other studies for Sunday School and other groups.

That’s when we discovered the 40-minute Bible Study series, which now includes this book on Finding Hope After Divorce, as well as topics like worship, prayer, discipleship, contentment and more. The books are written to be done during the group time together, not with homework prepared ahead of time.

Some of the ladies still did the homework in advance, preferring to take time for thought. As the leader, I always prepared the lessons in advance, as well. Yet, others were able to come to group, open up the book, read the passages with us and participate without difficulty. The Scripture verses she references are printed on the side column of each page, saving us the time it takes to flip from book to book of the Bible.

I’ve never been a big fan of Kay Arthur’s style of having us circle this, put a red triangle around that, and a cross over every mention of “Jesus.” This is probably a technique that some people love and others could do without. When we found that those exercises didn’t do much for our group, we just adapted and spent more time on the questions themselves. The studies were in depth, truly discussion-oriented and great for encouraging participation and Spiritual growth. In other words, a hit! For those who like the inductive exercises with colored pencils and special ways of marking the Bible, you can choose to do more of this than we did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written!! Using it to help a young ... September 12, 2014
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Well written!! Using it to help a young lady through a break-up after a multi-year relationship, though she did not actually divorce, it is extremely relevant to what she is going through. The pain and loss is still just as real. This study guides you to hope and healing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finding hope after divorce December 11, 2014
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I received this book in exchange for honest and unbiased review. No other compensation was provided. I received a paperback book. I chose this book because I am divorced and don't want to be single or celibate for the rest of my life.The book presents 6 week lessons on how to heal and draw closer to God after a divorce. The lessons are short with bible verses on the side. The book also can be used as a small group bible study. Each section helps the reader observe and discuss. I also loved the insights at the end of each lesson. I loved lesson 6: How does God feel about me? The chapter discusses God's perspective on marriage.
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