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Second Chance: Biblical Principles of Divorce and Remarriage (Biblical Blueprints) Paperback – March 10, 1999

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Dominion Press (March 10, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0930462491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0930462499
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It has been six years since I read this book but its impact remains to this day. As a Christian I had always had a very narrow definition of "grounds for divorce". When my husband of 10 years let me know he wanted a divorce I was devastated. How could I do this? What about remarriage? Was I destined for singleness as a result of this? I read this book with thoughtfulness, prayer and an anguished soul. By the time I was finished I had peace, confidence and hope. Reading this book enabled me to see marriage as a covenant and divorce as the breaking of a covenant. This book does not offer a quick fix or easy answers for someone who wants to get out of a marriage but seriously looks at what constitutes the breaking of a marriage covenant and what the Bible has to say about divorce and remarriage. I highly recommend it to anyone searching for a Biblical perspective on divorce and remarriage. Thank you Ray Sutton and Gary North.
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I've read several books on the subject of divorce and remarriage, but this one was the most enlightening. It was taken straight from the Word of God and addressed many areas that I had not seen addressed before. It was a very great encouragement to me (being the innocent party going through an adulterous divorce.) It assured me that I had done things God's way so far and gave me hope that I am free to enter a second marriage with God's blessing. I highly recommend it to any Christian who wants to be obedient to God's Word while dealing with divorce.
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This book by Ray Sutton has been important to my development on the issue of divorce. The book has completely changed my thinking on how a Christian should approach the difficult topic of divorce and remarriage.

In _Second Chance_ (1988), which you can download for free, Sutton rejects the "no divorce/no remarriage" view which was and is commonly held among more conservative Christians. In this view, it is held "that under no circumstances is divorce permitted, and if it happens to an innocent spouse, he or she is not allowed to remarry." (p. 7) Not only is the view lacking the support of Scripture, Sutton argues that it likely promotes promiscuity since it's a "solution" to the problem of marital breakdown that's simply not practical.

Sutton also rejects the laissez faire view of divorce/remarriage, which holds that "anything goes."

From what other perspective, then, can divorce/remarriage be viewed? Sutton's solution is to look at the issue from a covenantal perspective. If marriage is a covenant, then guidance on the issue of divorce/remarriage must be determined by looking to the Bible's teaching on covenants.

Says Sutton:

"Marriage is a picture of the God-to-man covenant: Paul says, "Just as the Church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything...Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ has loved the Church" (Ephesians 5:22-25). So all we need to do is examine how a covenant is made and dissolved at the God-to-man level, so as to understand the principles of divorce and remarriage at the marriage level. In other words, making or renewing a covenant between God and man is analogous to forming a marriage covenant or entering a second marriage, and dissolving a covenant is analogous to divorce.
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I read this book some years ago, loaned it out and never recieved it back. An excellent work, that provides insight and balance concerning this issue as I have never seen before, a must read for any christian dealing with this critical issue of divorce and remarriage.
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Very important book, Thank You!
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