- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Revell (January 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800787226
- ISBN-13: 978-0800787226
- Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 4.3 x 0.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I am afraid that I must disagree with the Rev. Dr. Daniel J.G.G. Block's review of the book. I'm a pastor and I reccomend it to every pastor I know to have for a reference and to give to someone who is facing this crisis. You will never know what it is like unless you've been through it. I've been through it and this book helped me very much.
But as this book says, the truth is that when the one you love wants to leave, all you can do is let them go. It's the hardest thing in the world to do, but the author does a great job of helping you understand why it's so important, both for your own sanity and as the only course that will give your marriage any chance of surviving.
As a man whose wife is leaving, the convention in the book of placing everything in the context of a husband leaving his wife was a minor issue. The author explains this convention in the preface, and I can't think of a better way he could have written it, but that is my only complaint. I really appreciated his references to the Biblical basis for this course of action, his very practical and realistic advice, his constant reminder that the marriage might end after all is said and done, and his keen insight into the details of the situation I'm in. The author isn't promising to work miracles, he's just telling you the way things are, and that's nice to hear.
A few of the points in the book were especially helpful to hear. It was comforting to read that folks who are "pulled out" often talk like those who have been "pushed out", blaming a majority of the problems on the faithful spouse when the reality is that they are yearning for that "something sweeter" outside the marriage. It was also good to hear that they can act so calm, cold, and rational because they are acting almost completely on emotion.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A practical guide for a marriage therapist as well as a spouse who has "someone who wants to leave". As a therapist I find myself recommending it on a number of occasions.Published 19 months ago by Ronnie Lee
I bought this book for a friend whose husband is having an affair. She told me that it has helped immensely. Read morePublished on April 14, 2014 by Gwen Mecklenburg
This was given to someone as a gift and I really don't know how it was liked as I never heard word from the person I gave it to.Published on April 12, 2014 by Gary E. Carter
As HARD as it might be to do what Dr. Harvey recommends, it seems to be working. This was a VERY easy read for me but I am sure it would be harder for a husband who's reading this... Read morePublished on December 6, 2012 by MomOf3TKL
I bought this book for a friend who's spouse just up and left after 20 years of being married. She said it was very helpful in helping them deal with everything. Read morePublished on April 16, 2011 by H. Vanover
This book is valuable for persons who are trying to understand how to respond to apparent abandonment by a spouse. Read morePublished on May 8, 2009 by B. Baxter
The spotlight reviewer above may have found the advice unhelpful for their specific situation. They certainly read more into the gender specificity than the author intended. Read morePublished on July 27, 2006 by C Eric