Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God Paperback – August 29, 2013
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
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.
If you buy a new print edition of this book (or purchased one in the past), you can buy the Kindle edition for only $0.99 (Save 83%). Print edition purchase must be sold by Amazon. Learn more.
For thousands of qualifying books, your past, present, and future print-edition purchases now lets you buy the Kindle edition for $2.99 or less. (Textbooks available for $9.99 or less.)
Browse award-winning titles. See more
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
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.
Chapter 4 is the gem of this book, the author gives 6 steps for us to think through when we undergo such situations,
1) Leave vengeance to God
4) Be wronged to the glory of God
5) Help the one who's hurt you
6) Move forward
Why are they the gems? It is full of scripture, each is explained and backed with scripture, and one that particularly struck me was the fifth one, where he chose to help pay for the car payment of his ex-wife days before the divorce was finalized because he was still, technically her husband and as Christians we're called to love those who are unlovable, and this is just one demonstration of it.
Chapter 5 ends with how others have tried to deal with martial affairs but these may not be gospel-centric, and again drives us back to the word and the gospel, to be centred onto it no matter what. And Christ when He saved us, has secured everything for us and that nothing can change that, no matter what situation or trials come our way.
The book clearly shows the power of the gospel, even in situations like a divorce, I would certainly recommend this book especially to those who are in similar situation like the authors' but also to anyone whom I know who are undergoing through 'unjust' suffering in his/her life. The gospel that is truly sufficient for all things.
Two quotes in the book which I think summarizes it "A gospel-centred life learns to recognize everything - even the seemingly bad things - as being the very best from the hand of a loving God and Father." "Life is good, because God is good."
Greco describes his story with raw honesty, fully disclosing his own responsibilities in the midst of the pain that he was going through. His tone is always humble, never coming across as arrogant or pious, just being himself. He speaks of the hurts that he experienced at the hands of "church people" who may once have experienced the grace of Jesus Christ but seem to have forgotten that it extends beyond themselves.
John does a good job of building a solid foundation on Scripture as he lays out his own story and talks about the fact that divorce is sin, but not something that puts us beyond the reach of a God whose ultimate plan is redemption and restoration. He reminds the reader that, as much as we might like to, we cannot tidy things up with pretty bows and neat packages when sometimes, they are just dirty and ugly and force us to reconcile with them or even live with their tension and discomfort. I'm reminded of the words of Derek Webb in his song "Nobody Loves Me" when he says, "The truth is never sexy, So it's not an easy sell. You can dress her like the culture, but she'll shock `em just as well." There is no attempt on Greco's part to dress up his situation and make it look like something other than what it is, hard, difficult, and painful.
Through it all, God accomplished something miraculous through Greco's situation. His experience drove him to a full reliance on God, dropping all idols and distractions. Greco shares with the reader the six steps or movements that he found helpful to move forward through the pain and hurt of a situation. He does not attempt to downplay the pain and hurt, but also acknowledges the power of the Gospel which, as Paul wrote in Romans 1, brings salvation.
Greco fully admits and acknowledges that his view had become distorted and he had, "let my desire for the good overshadow my desire for Jesus." Despite the cloudy vision, the restoration that he experienced led him to conclude that, "There is no limit to what God can do with a life yielded to him." Broken Vows is an honest account of one man's struggle with the brokenness that we all face while living in this world, a world in need of redemption. I appreciate his honesty and candidness. While Greco's subject is divorce, his experience and God's wisdom to him through it can be helpful to those who struggle through all of life's difficulties.