Donna Collins Tinsley is a sister among you, a sojourner, who writes a word of hope for mothers who have been affected by the pain of addiction in their loved ones lives. She prays for them also through Somebody's Mother Online Prayer Support Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/119408188089314/.
She lives in Port Orange, FL and has been included in 17 book compilations, several magazines and online. She is a lover of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Monday, March 23, 2015
Two People plus One Heart Equal a Saved Marriage
Marriage on the Mend is a book that will not only help
couples but could also lend help for reconciliation for whole families in
crisis. It has been a long time since a nonfiction book has inspired me as much
as this one has.
Clint and Penny A. Bragg have paid their dues in hard
work, study, application and more to bring us an example of God healing a
marriage. I love the honesty of this couple. Transparency such as theirs is very
seldom seen in the church and in the world.
For Clint and Penny to let the world know about the true
intimate situations of their marriage and what led to their first breakup and
then their remarriage is an awesome gift to us.
How interesting to me also were the QR codes that you can
scan with a smart phone which were embedded within the chapters. They link you
to free video pod casts which really enhance your reading experience. I love
especially the pod cast themes starting with an introduction, prayer,
roadblocks, discussions, margins, and
also getting on the same page, which seems to be a common problem.
There is much wisdom given about blanketing your marriage
in prayer. Sometimes that seems hard to carry out as we find ourselves in the
daily "tyranny of the urgent" that life brings but this book includes excellent
prayer prompts and sample prayers.
The marriage timeline suggested was the first thing that
showed me that I was reading a well thought out book, similar to being in a
counselor's office. Courageous conversations are an idea that I really need in
my own marriage and elsewhere as how to handle conflict is something I struggle
with personally. Some other things that I really needed was the Gradients of
Agreement diagram, the sample of marriage standards and the book within a book
with the Bible study on Nehemiah.
I wasn't sure what a marriage missionary was until I read
this book and I must say that Clint and Penny Bragg represent the very best
example in that category. I also found the answer to the question I've had about
why they call their ministry Inverse Ministry, but you'll have to read the book
to find it yourself.
I loved the word of hope towards the end that was, "This
is our God. A God of healing and redemption. This is our God! A God who plucks
sinners from the misery they've made of their lives, press their wounded souls
tightly against His bosom, and makes them whole,"(Quote from Marriage on the
Mend) Yes, yes, yes!
Although my husband and I have never separated or
divorced, life itself presents enough crises to interrupt the "happily ever
after" that we all so long for. I feel that this book will surely be a companion
for us for the rest of our lives.