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Finding Hope After Divorce (40-Minute Bible Studies) Paperback – July 15, 2014
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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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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.
This particular book, Finding Hope After Divorce, could be an amazing resource for groups helping others through the pain of marital break-up. Kay Arthur herself speaks with experience, having gone through her own divorce many years ago. She covers topics with truth and grace, deep Bible study and deep compassion, including a discussion of emotional pain, feeling hopeless, struggling with emotions and fears, and what the future may hold. Ultimately, she reminds those doing the study of God's forgiveness, His peace, and His ability to restore and heal us.
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”