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Overview Whether readers are in the earliest stages of divorce, newly single, processing an earlier divorce, or know someone whose marriage is ending, Butterworth offers encouragement and hope that healing, strength, purpose, and joy are around the corner. (Relationships)
Publishers Description It's the End of Your Marriage-Not Your Life. Few experiences bring more pain than divorce. Like the death of a loved one, divorce plunges us into grief and loneliness, heartache and depression. Perhaps worst of all, divorce makes us believe that all that is meaningful and joyful has come to an end. "Do not believe it." Better Days Are Just Ahead. You already know that divorce is one of the greatest challenges you will ever face. Yet it also can trigger tremendous growth in several key areas, including your relationships, the way you see yourself, and how you live out your faith. No one is calling divorce a blessing. But it is""something that you "will" live through and that can help to powerfully transform you into the person God has created you to be. Whether you are in the earliest stages of divorce, are newly single again, are processing an earlier divorce, or know someone whose marriage is ending, "New Life After Divorce" offers encouragement and hope that this new life "will" be a good life-and the promise that healing, strength, purpose, and joy are around the corner.
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Studio: WaterBrook Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.48 lbs.
Release Date May 17, 2005
Publisher WaterBrook Press
ISBN 1400070953 ISBN13 9781400070954
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More About Bill Butterworth
Bill Butterworth knows firsthand the process of working through a divorce. His extraordinary ability to blend humor, storytelling, wisdom, and practicality has made him one of the most sought after speakers in venues throughout North America. A graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, he was on the counseling staff of Chuck Swindoll's Insight for Living for seven years and has authored over a dozen books. Bill lives with his wife, Kathi, in Newport Beach, California.
Reviews - What do customers think about New Life After Divorce?
New Life Promise Jan 16, 2006
I have read this book, and bought several as gifts for people in a divorce recovery group. Bill Butterworth is very open and honest about the pain he endured through this difficult transition. I also endured a painful divorce and work with a recovery group. I am always on the lookout for information that will reach out to others and assure them that divorce is not the end--God has a wonderful plan for you and He can and will heal your ravaged heart. I highly recommend this book.
Resonating With Truth Jun 3, 2005
Whenever divorce hits your life, it hurts. Bill Butterworth had a wife of seventeen years, five kids, and a career as a speaker and writer on issues of marriage and family. Divorce definitely knocked the wind out of his life, and he didn't work for six months. As he writes in the opening pages of his book, "I lived each day waiting for the phone to ring, hoping my wife would say she wanted to get back together. That phone call never came." While he understands the pain of divorce, this book is focused on helping the reader gain encouragement and hope to get through it.
Butterworth combines pointed storytelling with wise how-to information and a mixture of some Scripture to help the reader take concrete steps forward. At first, he tackles the basics: the need for acceptance from self, the need for healing from God, and the need for help from others. Then he considers the advantage of time, distance and wise counsel combined with valued relationships and tapping into the power of forgiveness. The third section of the book examines some practical matters for many in this situation such as single parenting, getting along with your ex-spouse, and the different type of dating scene.
Butterworth writes with humor as well as vulnerability about his first date with Kathi (who eventually became his wife). "I asked her out for dinner that evening. She said, yes, and I was as excited as a schoolboy. I was also dumb as a schoolboy; I had neglected to handle a few key issues surrounding a successful date. Sheepishly I had to call Kathi to resolve my sloppy planning." While Butterworth planned a date, he didn't have transportation since he took a cab from the airport to the hotel. He writes, "'So I don't have a car. I was wondering if you would mind driving...' Those last words just seemed to hang out there forever. 'No problem.' She continued to sound sweet... You drive; I'll buy! Was the worst retort I could have used. So, naturally I used it. She laughed. I winced. But God allowed a wonderful evening to take place." On his first date, he even gave Kathi the Myers Briggs Type Indicator personality test. Yes --- really. The date worked out and they've been married ten years.
Anyone in a divorce is in the middle of some huge life changes, and Butterworth tackles these issues in the final section of his book. How do you manage change and the associated fears? He taps the ultimate resource for these situations --- God's power. "God's power is in His word, the Bible. For those of us who read these words, the Scriptures are our ultimate source of healing, encouragement and energy. He gives us the power we need to make it day by day as we spend time reading, reflecting and meditating on His truth." Also this final section addresses the often asked question, Where is God? And then, How Do I Get A Second Wind?
While it's been over ten years since I've walked the path of divorce, I found reading Butterworth's advice that those emotions were close to the surface of my emotions. The stories and the practical how-to information touched something deep inside and I could resonate with the truth in these pages. NEW LIFE AFTER DIVORCE is a solid resource to help the many people who are thrust into divorce. You can definitely see the author has walked the walk and talks the talk.