Small steps in faith

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

"I Do Again" by Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs

This is the 2nd of 4 books I am reviewing for the blog tour this week.

This book is the story of a couple who were married for 10 years and saw their marriage disintegrate. They lost their connection to each other. When I read this part of their story, it reminded me of conversations I have had with friends. The thing I like about this book is how it gives you their story from beginning to end with both viewpoints. Cheryl talks about her feelings which I'm sure many women relate to. Getting married,having children, and going through the motions of marriage. She feels a loss of intimacy and connection to her husband.
She has an affair and her oblivious husband has his whole world fall apart around him. He talks about missing the signs. Because they have already been through the healing and reconciliation process, they are able to look back and honestly admit their mistakes. Both of them contributed to the destruction of their marriage.
They were divorced for 7 years and through a very slow process of trust and Christ in their lives, they found love with each other again and remarried. They use their experience to minister to other couples who are going through similar situations.
I like the honesty of this book. They don't try to paint a fairy tale "happy ever after" ending.
Marriage is hard. It takes work on a daily basis. Time and communication and compromise with each other are the key.
This book is for all ages..those just starting in marriage as well as those who may be married for 30 years and struggling.

Author Bio:
Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries, and for the past several years they have shared their incredible story of a marriage restored with audiences across the nation. Jeff is an account manager with OshKosh B’Gosh, and Cheryl has served as director of the Frisco, Texas, office of the Center for Christian Counseling. They live in Dallas, Texas with their two college-age daughters.


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