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Divorce: Before You Say 'I Don't' (Resources for Biblical Living) Paperback – September 30, 2007
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"Lou Priolo brings over two decades of counseling experience, a deep knowledge of Scripture, and a love for God's people to his writing. You'll find these little booklets very helpful, whether for yourself or to give to a friend. I heartily recommend them." --Elyse Fitzpatrick, author of Idols of the Heart, A Steadfast Heart, and Love to Eat, Hate to Eat
"Lou Priolo's direct but fair counsel contained within these pages is much needed for so many professing believers today. Biblical, practical, straightforward, and timely are the main qualities that these brief booklets will offer to those who read them. If you're looking for a relevant word for your difficult path, read them hopefully and receive much needed direction. After you've read them, by placing these booklets into the hands of a hurting friend, you may also be giving that person just the thing he or she desperately needs in order to receive a ready word for a difficult situation." --Lance Quinn, president, National Association of Nouthetic Counselors
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Lou Priolo is the founder and president of Competent to Counsel International and is an instructor with Birmingham Theological Seminary. He has been a full-time biblical counselor since 1985 and is a fellow of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors. Lou has been married to his wife, Kim, since 1987 and has two daughters, Sophia and Gabriella.
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This was the most encouraging idea to me:
"God may want to glorify Himself by restoring your marriage to a place that exceeds all your expectations so that His power will be made perfect in your weakness."
This is exactly what happened in my case, and although it was nearly impossible to see the chain of events that would cause this to happen, this idea allowed me to consider God's glory in whether to fight the divorce or not. I could have let her leave, but I believe God's glory has been on display more through His grace to our marriage by restoring it than it would have been in His grace by allowing it to end.
The criticism about the lack of provision for abuse in this booklet is warranted. I would say victims of real abuse are not the target audience.
The criticism about the author's lack of understanding of pain of suffering inside marriage are not warranted in my opinion. In my case, I had what many considered solid Biblical grounds for divorce based on the provision in Matt 5:32, and the emotional pain from those months is still with me years later. However, at no time during my many readings of the booklet did I believe I was outside the scope because I wasn't the "guilty party". I still had a choice to sign the divorce papers or continue trusting God for reconciliation, regardless of how improbable. This booklet helped my heart from hardening despite the pain. While I take no responsibility for my wife's decision to enter into adulterous relationships, I recognize my marriage consists of two fallen sinful humans and the mistakes I made required repentance as well.