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Holding On to Heaven While Your Marriage Goes Through Hell [Kindle Edition]

Connie Neal
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Book Description

You vowed "for better or for worse" and when your marriage encounters the worse you and your spouse will need God's help to make it through. Help is here. This book brings you the combined experience, wisdom, comfort, and guidance that took twelve married couples through hell and back to joy. Real people; real problems, real hope. So, whatever you are going through in your marriage, take hope. Your life and marriage can get much better. Your problems can be solved. Your hopes can be fulfilled... no matter how impossible that seems to you now.

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This book is intensely spiritual, personal, and practical. Every one of the stories I tell here are true. They are not fictionalized, nor are they compilations of bits and pieces of several stories. In some cases, those who shared their stories asked that I keep their identities a secret. In these cases, I changed minor details so that they are not recognizable.

I chose to use real stories because I have seen how God has used the sharing of my personal story to encourage others. Knowing you are listening to someone who has been there gives greater credence to what is said. This is as it should be. God tells us to comfort others with the comfort we have received from Him. In these pages, I share the real comfort God has given real husbands and wives, along with practical solutions, wisdom, and advice. I hope and pray that you are encouraged and helped so you will become one of us; who has come through a difficult season of marriage victoriously and will go on to comfort others with assurance of God's love and redeeming power.
I first crafted this book in 1998 (eight years removed from our ordeal). At that time the publisher required me to address it only to wives. Now that I am publishing directly, I have expanded the reading audience to include husbands and wives.  I decided not to make the reading tedious by saying "him or her" repeatedly throughout. The message of this book applies to husbands and wives, so despite the gender of the pronouns, please freely apply the message to your needs. The only distinctions would be where Scripture specifically assigns differing roles and responsibilities to husbands and wives. I trust that if you are a man whose wife's problems are causing your marriage to go through hell, you will be able to apply the contents of this book to your situation. Whether you are a husband or wife reading this, I pray you will find help here to get through this difficult time in your marriage and go on to enjoy the good years ahead of you.

We celebrated our 32 wedding anniversary in the summer of 2011 and look forward to many more. Our years of marital "hell" are more than two decades behind us. We will never forget what we went through together but the pain is gone and the joy remains. We also never want to forget those things we learned that might help you and your spouse make it through to the happy years ahead. Our prayers go with you on this journey.

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  • File Size: 534 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Mun Gode Press; 2 edition (February 17, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MGPB6A
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What to do when there is nothing you can do. April 16, 1999
By A Customer
I recently finished reading this book (devouring it is more of an apt description). My husband is, as I write, "going through hell", and I am clinging tenaciously to my God, because He is my only hope. All around me, I am being persuaded to "let him go", " get rid of him", etc, - the world's answers to all problems - discard & recycle. Jesus very graciously led me to Connie Neal's book. At last, here in written form was the feelings of my heart - what about all the promises I made to You, Lord, & the promises You made to me? I loved this book and have re-read it now several times over these past couple of months. I am doing all that Connie suggests that she and the others she wrote about who have experienced first hand the anguish of storms and trials in their marriages did when there was nothing they could do other than turn to God. I am so grateful for the honesty and obedience of all these christians who have exposed the most awful times of their lives for the encouragement of ME. Watch this space to see how God triumphs!!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a book all women should read. November 22, 1998
By A Customer
I believe every woman (married or not) should read this book and keep it in her library. Personally, I want to share the book with others but I am reluctant to loan my copy so I have purchased copies to give away. YES! I believe it is that good. I never realized so many women go through similar things with their husbands. This book covers whatever the problems are or might be. Connie Neal has been there and she spoke with and received input from other women who have been there -- their husabnds may have been unfaithful, or abusive, or had cancer, or walked out, or committed a crime. But whatever his personal hell the wife goes through the crisis too. Bill McCartney founder of Promise Keepers said: "This book shows a wife how to go through tough times with her husband without faltering in her own faith, and how to be a source of spiritual strength for him. Men, if you're going through tough times or fighting some spiritual battle, do yourself a favor, give your wife this book." That last sentence is what happened to me. My husband spotted this book several months ago and got it for me. I didn't know at the time how much I was going to need it. But God did. So my recommendation is, get the book and read it. Then keep it in your library. I pray you never need it, but if you do you will have it and if you don't I still believe it will help to read it -- maybe it will help you to help another woman going through a crisis with her husband.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What An Incredibly Honest Book!! June 5, 1999
By A Customer
Connie Neal is one of the best artists I have had the privilege of reading! Her work on this book, and research into the lives of real people in real situations is filled with honesty. Makes me know the feelings, thoughts I had as I journeyed with my husband through cancer were normal, and that I was not a flegling Christian because of my weakness.
Keep Writing Connie!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life Altering Literature November 24, 2001
By A Customer
I saw this book in the store, and it kept calling my name, for many reasons ... but it seemed a reasonable choice, at the time I was looking for ways to help my husband through some difficult times
Once i began reading the book, I found it to be a help to me spiritually . It covered all the bases of my relationship with God and my spouse. I knew I was being ministered to through this book.
I look at things so differently now... not just because of the author's practical applications of God's Word,(which was truly enlighting) , but the sheer ability to motivate me to change and place myself in a position to seek God more in regards to my marriage, and His total purpose for marriage.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thy will, not my will June 3, 1999
This book made God's plan for marriage so clear. It provided a much needed contrast to what the world says marriage is.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring! May 21, 1999
By A Customer
This book has given me hope. Please tell Connie Neal that I really appreciate her writing this book. Even though sometimes I feel like giving up on my marriage, I am trusting God for our future. Thanks again for a real inspirational book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Restore Your Mariage With The Hands From Heaven November 28, 2012
Let me say this. Everyone couple has to handle the " temptation " outside their marriage . It is how well they prevent it that keeps their marriage wholesome.

No marriage is a bed or roses - that happens only in fairy tales. Many of us who have been married for some years can testify to that. Constant communication between couple helps build good relationships that prevent many "storms" in a marriage.

The Author shared her real life story of how she managed , with the help of biblical principles, to save her marriage when her husband cheated on her . With their marriage saved , she went on help many solved their marriage problems along the way.

This book is a must for every couple .Well I had to constantly remind myself not to fall into the trap when I was happily married. Read this book , it could save your marriage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful during difficult time November 9, 2012
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I found the open sharing and personal stories very helpful during a difficult time. It was encouraging to see how other couples have come through with a stronger marriage after a painful time. I found it was a good resource to understand all the various ranges of emotions that I was feeling, and it was encouraging to know I wasn't alone in my struggles with forgiveness, anger and jealousy. Yet, as explained in this book, God can and will use very painful things in our lives to help us see Him more clearly and renew focusing on His faithfulness. I highly recommend this heartfelt written book to any couple going through the pain of a physical or emotional affair. There is hope to be found in the real life stories that your marriage can survive and even thrive afterwards.
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Published 22 days ago by Sherene
5.0 out of 5 stars Divinely Inspired and Remarkably Moving
Marriage is like's mostly sunny and pleasant but occasionally there are thunderstorms and Winter weather. Read more
Published 5 months ago by David Rodwell
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend
Very helpful and hopeful! Love that the writer based everything on God's word and not just different situations. All in all God can and will help us through anything! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Jamie Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars Assisted in saving my marriage!
This book was outstanding. When I first started reading it I was skeptical because I was hurt and I didn't know if anything could help me cope with what was going on in my... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Shantell L. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done!
This is an excellent book for any marriage to have in their library. You just never know when you will need it. Thank you, Connie.
Published 18 months ago by H M
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book!!!!!
This book is a great help, not only is it for your marriage, but with your every day life also.
Published 22 months ago by Jodi Hedrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking
This is a well written book that will help some women and anger others. It's made up of a series of interviews with women who are suffering horribly in their marriages. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Felly Rey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Powerful Help to Marriage
The message in this book is clear. If you can put aside ego and reach out to accept the power of God working through your spouse and yourself, you can save your marriage. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rick Bennette
5.0 out of 5 stars A very helpful read on how to get throught tough times in your...
This is a beautiful book, it shows married couples how to get through the tough times without faltering in their faith, and how to be a source of spiritual strength for each other... Read more
Published on December 27, 2012 by Henry Garman
1.0 out of 5 stars Living in Hell Because Connie Neal Says to! NO WAY!!!!
This author's supposedly "biblical teaching" is utterly sickening! She dogmatically demands that any woman HAS NO CHOICE but to remain in a mind-numbingly horror of a "marriage" no... Read more
Published on December 15, 2012 by JulieAnnTheArtist
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Connie Neal is a trusted best-selling author who writes on family, marriage, parenting, communication, and pop culture. She has authored dozens of books which have been featured in Time, Newsweek, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, Decision, Entertainment Weekly, Marriage Partnership, PBS, and media worldwide. She has a BA in Communication from Pepperdine University; MS in Education, Instructional Design for Online Learning from Capella University. She has edited & contributed to five major Bible projects and toured America as a speaker for Women of Faith. She is the premier Christian authority on Harry Potter. Her Instructional Design work helps others communicate more effectively using new media. Now she is transitioning content online (through Kindle Direct Publishing) and to online learning in keeping with research-based multimedia principles to enhance understanding.


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