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Overview Move from marital misery to harmoniously hitched by delighting yourself in Long's zany antics, what not to dos, and keen biblical insights.
Publishers Description Marital Misery? You're Not Alone Contemplating divorce? (Gasp) "Never " Murder? (Hmmmmm) "Well, maybe... "If your marriage resembles a combat zone more than a covenant commitment, you're in good company. "If You Don't Die to Self, I May Have to Kill You" is packed with juicy foibles and misdeeds candidly expressed by Emmy-nominated TV news reporter Karen Long . Follow her behind the scenes to discover solid spiritual ammunition targeting attitude, gratitude, contentment, forgiveness, self-denial, and even suffering. Romance, suspense, and intrigue mark Karen's antics, and "what not to dos" reinforce biblical principles that light the way from marital misery to a harmonious hitch. Contemplating Divorce? (Gasp) "Never " Murder? (Pause) "Well...maybe " The slogan for The Divorce Store reads: "When 'till death do you part' isn't soon enough." Can you relate? "Instead of just waiting for Paul to keel over, I spent years looking for a younger woman for him, someone who enjoys doing laundry." "I calculated I'd forgiven Paul the biblically "required" seven times seventy--490 times--over the course of one weekend alone..." "When 'two become one flesh, ' you either get some unity or you get Frankenstein. We got a monster of a marriage..." When your marriage resembles a combat zone more than a covenant commitment, you need a few weapons, er..."tools" at your disposal. Former award-winning TV news reporter Karen Long candidly expresses juicy foibles and misdeeds marking her treacherous memorable twenty-year marriage with Paul. The happy ending? They're still married. Only now they're laughing. Karen will arm you with solid spiritual ammunition targeting attitude, gratitude, contentment, forgiveness, and--of course--suffering. Humorously revealing her hard-won wisdom, this book is your ticket out of marital misery and into a harmonious hitch. "A book just like the author--witty, funny, charming, and full of depth. It will make you laugh and cry, but mostly you will learn about yourself and what it takes to finish the marriage journey with a smile on your face." Congressman James E. Rogan Story Behind the Book Karen Long gave up a lucrative career as a TV news reporter "broadcasting live from the mean streets of Los Angeles " to go home to a husband, kids, and real action and drama. She tells of being on the frontlines of the home front in this evangelical expose on the epidemic of marital misery. "Over the years," Karen says, "my husband, Paul, pushed all my buttons, including the little red one that can blast a nuclear family of five into oblivion. Paul often brought out the very worst in me...allowing me to see my great need for a Savior instead of a good divorce attorney. Yes, this would be a terribly tragic story if it wasn't such a terrific, true testimony for the Lord."
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.34" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.62" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2006
Publisher Multnomah Books
ISBN 1590526589 ISBN13 9781590526583
Availability 0 units.
More About Long
Karen Long and her husband, Paul, own and operate Kappa Studios, Inc., a television production/postproduction facility in Los Angeles . Having graduated as class valedictorian from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in broadcast communications, Karen went on to become an award-winning reporter and producer in the number two media market in the nation. She also anchored for "Good Morning America" at the ABC affiliate in Palm Springs and has written articles published in the "Los Angeles Times" and "Reader s Digest" . She and Paul have three children."
Reviews - What do customers think about If You Don't Die to Self, I May Have to Kill You: An Extreme Marriage Makeover?
Not transformed by this book Jul 27, 2007
I bought this book because of the reviews and I've found myself getting very bored with it, even falling asleep while reading it. There's an entire chapter of her life growing up and that's what put me to sleep and I couldn't figure out how that was relevant to changing my marriage. It made me not want to continue reading. Maybe I need to give it another chance, but I thought by the way the reviews were that my life would be changed through this book. But just doing what God instructs us to do will change my life. I'd recommend " A Women After God's Own Heart" 10 times more. That book is life changing.
I Interviewed Her After I read This Amazing Book Jun 5, 2007
If You Don't Die to Self I May Have to Kill You Karen Long
Hilarious and an excellent page turner is the only way to describe this wonderful book by Karen Long. At first glance you may not think that this is a Christian woman or a Christian book about marriage, but it is. The title itself gives you a hint about what lies in the pages.
Mrs. Long writes a tell all book about her marriage and the hardships that she and husband Paul endure. When they married neither one of them were Christians and were saved about two years into the marriage. This salvation of their souls does not even start to save the marriage, that slowly starts it downward spiral as soon as the vows are said.
The wordsy author was once a television journalist. She is now a mother of three and a stay at home mom. Her husband is an editor and a workaholic, which she views as him not being a part of their marriage and children's lives. She describes in detail some of the fights and issues that they have in their home.
She then goes on to tell about how both she and her husband are changed by God, and that all the trials and problems that they endured in their marriage were for a purpose. They went to Christian counseling, churches, and learned to love and respect each other. They learned to pray together, and confess sins while praying. They learned to communicate and not to blame. There are even ten points that Mrs. Long lists at the end of the book and she talks about them in detail, not just points. They are:
1. Divorce is not an option. 2. Be brutally honest about yourself. 3. Don't deny emotions. 4. Don't be demanding. 5. Find joy in sorrow. 6. Get to know God. 7. Make your partner your friend. 8. Pray together. 9. Live with ambivalence. 10. Die to self!
I absolutely loved this book. It has humor, and still a very important message. It takes courage and strength to air your dirty laundry out there for the world. I feel that this is a wonderful tool that God can use for all of us who read it. I know that it made me feel better to know that life is life, and marriage is hard, even for seemingly "perfect" people. I will be taking the lessons that I learned and applying them to my life. I am also going to share this book with all of my friends and family.
Praise God for Christians like Karen & Paul Feb 9, 2007
It took a lot of guts to share with the world their story, proving once again, God won't let us get in any situation that He can't handle. If you are reading this review and your marriage is in trouble, then GO IMMEDIATELY to the BUY button and see for yourself:WITH GOD, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. If my ex-wife had Karen's courage and commitment, my life and my son's and his mother's, would have been so much better. Thank you Karen and Paul for showing the Christians of the world, we really don't have to be "of the world."
Poor at best Sep 26, 2006
Karen Long's book is, well, disappointing. It reads as a poorly organized self-promotion. She never fails to remind the reader that she is a "former-hard hitting journalist," or "drop" names of celebrities she has known. The self-kudos are unending.
I don't know whose fault it is but Karen should contemplate killing her editor, not her husband. The book is disjointed chronologically, and the only useful advice comes from a chapter that summerizes what her pastor taught her. I'd rather read his book.
Ultimately this book is sometimes funny but mostly poorly written, filled with self-promotion rather than practical steps for fixing a broken marriage. Most reviews read like sychophantic kiss-ups, like they know the author and can't say anything constructive.
If you have a marriage that is actually difficult find something else, you're wasting your time here.
A MUST READ FOR ALL COUPLES! Jul 20, 2006
I laughed and cried and ultimately rejoiced with this witty, honest look at how God and His promises can save ANY marriage! Fun to read, yet packed with profound, life-changing truth. I am a pastoral counselor and will recommend it to everyone I know!