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Overview The former wife of cyclist Lance Armstrong offers a daily devotional for women going through the pain of divorce, presenting a compilation of scriptural passages, prayers, inspiration, and reflections for every day of the year. Reprint.
Publishers Description Kristin began her recovery from divorce to professional cyclist Lance Armstrong with a ring of 3 x 5 note cards. Each one held a hand-selected passage of scripture that helped her cope and survive that stage of her life. Now, in this powerful daily devotional, Kristin offers the same inspiring verses that helped transform her heart and complements them with her own compassionate, personal messages of faith and love. HAPPILY EVER AFTER is a year long daily devotional designed to help women through one of life's most difficult times. Each entry contains a Bible verse and personal reflection from Kristin, helping readers maintain an open heart through their pain, confide in God at every stage of grief and despair, and forgiving those who have hurt them because they have been forgiven by God's grace. As readers continue on their road to recovery, Kristin's spiritually rejuvenating devotional will bring new hope to each passing day of divorce recovery.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.78" Width: 4.99" Height: 0.98" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2008
Publisher HACHETTE BOOK GROUP
ISBN 0446503959 ISBN13 9780446503952
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More About Kristin Armstrong
Kristin Armstrong was married to cyclist Lance Armstrong for five years, raising their three children while living in France and Spain. She is the author of a children's book, Lance Armstrong: The Race of His Life, and a contributing editor for Runner's World magazine. Her work has also appeared in USA Today and Parentwise Austin and Glamour magazines. Kristin is passionate about her Christian faith, her family, her friends, and her career. She speaks French and Spanish, is a marathon runner, and enjoys cooking, reading, painting, and travel. Kristin now lives happily ever after in Austin, Texas, with her family--Luke and twins Grace and Isabelle.
Kristin Armstrong currently resides in Austin, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Happily Ever After?
This book is not just for women or those going through divorce.... Feb 21, 2008
It applies in all of life's situations. Kristin is so on point and hits home with so many of life's tough lessons...... She puts my feelings, thoughts, and lessons I've learned through my divorce and becoming a humble follower of Christ so very well. I am always sharing tidbits from this book with my women's Sunday school class and my fiance. He has really enjoyed and been impressed with the portions of this book that I've shared with him. This book is definitely a KEEPER and I will read it over and over.
bible verses and that's all! Jan 21, 2008
I was VERY disapointed, I was looking for inspiration from a true story and all I got was Bible quotes and scriptures!
Words of Encouragement for All Disappointments Sep 16, 2007
This may seem a little odd, but I am neither divorcing nor divorced; and I am a guy. I will tell you that this book of daily thoughts and meditations does have a perspective geared toward women and toward divorce. I would also say that men can benefit from this book too and about 95% of what is in the book is geared toward God's blessing and provision in any challenging situation or life disappointment. Ours happened to surround an adolescent daughter; and everything that accompanied that entire situation. If you think about it, there are lots of situations in life that involve unexpected change, loss, separation, etc. Divorce is only one of them.
I would recommend this book to anyone - male or female; who is or has walked through a "valley of the shadow". It will change you and help restore you. You will learn that no matter how hard you tried or what walk of life you are from, that you are not alone, and you are not the first person something bad has happened to. You will also learn, in small readings that take 3-5 minutes each day to get through, that you have a watchful, loving and caring God, who sees, knows, helps, and understands.
God bless you in your journey.
A great book to read during a difficult time Jul 7, 2007
I am a fan of Kristin Armstrong's articles in Runners World magazine, and I had seen her on Good Morning America promoting this book. Two days after being diagnosed with breast cancer, I bought this book since I had heard that it was a great book for anyone going through a difficult time. I've been reading a few pages of the book every day, and much of what is written can be used to get through any tough time -- it's not limited to divorce or a broken relationship. Kristin is a great inspiration since she went through a terrible time of trial and used the time to delve into her spirituality, and she refused to wallow in bitterness and regret. The book has shown me light on some dark days.
Readings will help and encourage women as they journey through their first year of divorce Jun 5, 2007
Kristin Armstrong's divorce from professional cyclist Lance Armstrong led her to write HAPPILY EVER AFTER: Walking with Peace and Courage Through a Year of Divorce, a personal 365-day devotional geared toward women (especially with children) whose marriages are dissolving.
"I never imagined that divorce would be part of my life history or my family's legacy," writes Armstrong, mother of three, whose marriage to Lance lasted five years. "I have walked this path, from the trenches of despair, through pitfalls of anger, bottlenecks of blame, along the cliffs of loneliness and fear."
As she navigated through her divorce, Armstrong kept a journal of the scriptures that were most encouraging to her. The result is this book, she writes in the introduction. The scriptures are a mixed bag, with such gems as the Isaiah 40:31 passage "Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength..." to more obscure ones like Amos 6:1: "Woe to you who are complacent in Zion."
The book begins on Day 1 as Armstrong acknowledges the tough road ahead. "This year will be epic for you...Every day, many times a day, you will make decisions that determine the rest of your story...Eventually you will be surprised to find yourself healed, whole, and happily living your brand-new life." As the devotional continues, she addresses difficult issues such as the need for forgiveness, letting go of retaliation and gossip, and letting go of the worry over preserving your reputation. "To practice silence and discretion in these situations is wise," she advises.
There is a welcome tone of quiet and resolve that permeates the pages. "The path of sour bitterness, crusty resentment, and cold regret breeds generations of despair. The path of righteousness grants generations of peace, quietness and confidence," she writes in an early devotion. Many readers longing for comfort and kindness will find them in Armstrong's words, as she reminds them in the persona of a close girlfriend: "Now is not the time to make sense of this mess.... Sweetheart, now is the time to trust in the Lord with all your heart."
There is an occasional question mark. Armstrong says in one essay that she believes it is important to experience your pain fully rather than numbing it with "remedies" --- therapy, coping pills, exercise, massage. Does she believe these are wrong things to do? Or that they are not enough? A little more context here would be helpful, as it would in the devotional telling of the story of a couple who refused to accept their cancer diagnosis: "She and her husband, Bob, are both cancer free today." (What about those who are not healed?) Occasionally, there is some repetition, such as two devotionals centered on the word "betrothed" (Day 251 and Day 92).
But overwhelmingly, Armstrong's soothing essays prompt women toward growth, resilience and an opportunity for reinvention while acknowledging their pain and need for God. Repeatedly, she affirms the reader and assures her of God's love: "(God) loves you, cherishes you, is faithful to you, is honest with you, and will never leave you." She includes glimpses into her own divorce, such as the pain of walking through grocery store checkouts and seeing the tabloid headlines, but laudably these are asides rather than the focus. One of the most moving devotions tells of her baptism as an infant, and then her "baptism" as an adult in a rainstorm.
What repeatedly comes through is her unquestioning faith that God will bring something good out of divorce. The devotions are peppered with the phrase, "I am blessed...." Her gratitude and seeming lack of visible bitterness keep the devotions centered squarely on God and healing. "It's natural to lament the death of a marriage, but in our grief let us not lose sight of or appreciation for the fact that we are still betrothed, still desired, still vital to the one Being who will never fail us."
Armstrong writes, "I found my unshakeable compass in the Lord... May you find your center, a strength and courage you did not know you could summon.... The terrain ahead is rough, but there are gifts hidden along your path of faith."
This moving and encouraging collection of readings will help and encourage women as they journey through their first year of divorce.