Unraveling – Book Review
Several years ago, I had the privilege of upholding a friend during what was probably the most painful period of her life – the dissolution of her marriage. There were many difficult forks in her journey – but one of the most difficult things she grappled with was coming to terms with being a Christian who would soon be divorced. How does one deal with that burden along with all of the other difficult emotions one must come to term with during this most vulnerable of times?
The experience of those who have walked that road before us are a beacon during difficult times, and Elisabeth Klein Corcoran lights the way in her new book Unraveling – Hanging on To Faith Through The End Of A Christian Marriage.
I wish I’d had a copy of Unraveling to give to my friend as it would have made her journey so much easier. In Unraveling, Elisabeth opens her journals and her heart to walk us through the very real and raw emotions she felt along every step of her path.
She walks us through Guilt.
She walks us through Loneliness
She walks us through Hurts, Anger, and Brokeness.
She walks us through our places of Vulnerability to bring us to our places of Strength.
In each chapter of Unraveling, Elisabeth walks us through a different emotion you will feel if your marriage is coming apart – but she doesn’t leave us stuck in that place. Instead, she leaves us with a Prayer – and A Next Step – and A Way Forward. What could have been a terribly dreary book is instead a book filled with courage, honesty and hope.
We face our Fears –
We say our Good-byes –
We walk into a world of Unknowns –
So that we can find Joy, Friendship, Relief, Truth, and
Something New awaiting us on the other side.
Unraveling is a sensitively written book that will help you navigate and stay on course during an emotionally difficult time.
This book is a keeper. I rate Unraveling 5/5 Stars.
Unraveling – Synopsis
To be a separated or divorced Christian is to be an anomaly, a scandal. No one knows what box to put you in or what to do with you, and this no-man’s land—pun intended—can be an isolating and core-shaking place to dwell.
Elisabeth Klein Corcoran knows from experience. After extensive counseling, mentoring, 12-step groups, many tears, and even more prayers, Elisabeth found her 16-year marriage ending in separation and divorce. Drawing from her own sea of emotions and questions, she now provides readers will vulnerable and hopeful short chapters that candidly discuss some of the most common struggles of divorce: anger, faith, guilt, loneliness, and more. What began as her own record of a process has turned into a calling and ministry to soothe broken hearts with stories, prayer, action steps, and scripture readings, helping readers hold on to profound faith and reassurance in the one Love that will never die.
About Elisabeth Klein Corcoran
Elisabeth Klein Corcoran lives with her children, which includes two teenagers, in Illinois. She attended Christ Community Church – Blackberry Creek Campus in Aurora, Illinois, for nineteen years, where she began and led the Women’s Ministry for ten years. She now attends Orchard Community Church in Aurora. She’s traveled to Haiti and Sierra Leone, and led a team of women to Liberia with Samaritan’s Purse doing AIDS work. She writes a monthly column for moms, and writes regularly for websites such as Crosswalk.com, Graceformoms.com, and Thelifeofasinglemom.com. She speaks several times a month to women’s groups. She is honored to be a member of Redbud Writers’ Guild. Her idea of a great weekend would include time with her kids, time with her best friends, a bike ride, some reading and some writing.
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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Abingdon Press for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
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