Thursday, July 11, 2013

Broken Vows

This September, two big things will be happening in my life. On September 28th, I will be getting married to the most amazing woman on the planet. Her name is Laurin—and if you know her, you know just how amazing she is. She's way out of my league, but for some reason, she loves me. And I couldn't be happier about it. Marrying her is the biggest blessing, other than Jesus, I've ever received.

Some may choose to see it as just a coincidence or even terrible timing, but there's another thing happening in September. Cruciform Press will be releasing my book. It's called Broken Vows: Divorce and the Goodness of God. Yup, that's right—a few weeks before I get married, my book on divorce comes out, and I run the risk of being "that divorce-book guy." But here's the secret: the book isn't about divorce at all; it's about the gospel. It's about Jesus offering hope and healing to every broken soul who kneels down at the foot of the cross.

Divorce doesn't just divide couples; it also divides the church. It's an issue that's been discussed, debated, argued, and avoided, and if you ask ten different pastors about biblical grounds for divorce, you may get ten different answers. This book is not about all that (though, for the record, I consider myself to be on pretty conservative evangelical ground when it comes to the biblical texts involved). This book is about what God is doing when a person's world comes crumbling down around them, and it attempts to show how a Christ follower can walk through the messiness of divorce in a way that honors Jesus.

I have two hopes for this book. The first is that Broken Vows will be a comfort and encouragement to folks who find themselves walking where I walked just a few years ago—that my story and the lessons I learned will push readers into Jesus' arms when life hurts. My other hope is for the pastors and Christians who have never been touched by divorce. I pray that this book will help them better minister to their brothers and sisters who have been wounded by a broken marriage. Divorced people have been known to stand on the fringe, afraid to come in close. Too often, they hear messages that only add weight to the already heavy loads they carry, so they shy away. But the gospel is for everyone. No one needs to hide out on the edges. All are welcome at the cross. 

At first, I was not too keen about the book coming out in September. When the publisher told me that was their plan, I winced. But now, after a couple of months to get used to the idea, I think it's a God thing. What a beautiful picture it will be to see the hope of the gospel in the aftermath of divorce side by side with the promise of the gospel in the beauty of a wedding.

You can read more about my book and check out the first chapter here. As endorsements are collected and reviews are written, that's where they'll end up. From that site, you can also pre-order print or digital copies. 

And if it wouldn't be too much trouble, would you mind spreading the word about Broken Vows? I'd sure appreciate it. 

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