We recently received this review from author Linda Rooks on our book, I Do Again. Thank you Linda! Linda wrote a fascinating book called Broken Heart on Hold for those struggling in their marriage. Don’t miss it!
June 29, 2011
Words don’t do justice to the amazing vulnerability that comes through on every page of I Do Again.
Reading I Do Again is like reading a romance novel, but in this case the story is absolutely true, and it is riveting. I just could not put the book down. After I read it, I gave it to my husband, and even as a man he had the same response.
The book is beautifully and effectively written, interspersing the story of Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs with later counseling sessions and different time periods to gain maximum effect and keep the reader totally engaged. Since my husband and I have a ministry to those in troubled marriages, I frequently refer the book to those whose marriages are breaking down. They too are amazed at the honesty they find and are spellbound by the way the story is so intricately and superbly woven together.
In the telling of their story, the Scruggs allow the reader inside their hearts and minds while their marriage disintegrates. It is an incredibly accurate picture of the collapse of a marriage. By reading this book, people in marital crisis can get a clear picture of what may be happening in their own marriage, particularly as it pertains to one spouse’s declaration that, “I don’t love you anymore . . . in fact, I’m not sure I ever did.” By following the Scrugg’s story, one clearly sees the way a disenchanted spouse can drift into another relationship and then find themselves totally ensnared and completely blind to the pain they are causing their children and their abandoned spouse.
But, happily, the book doesn’t leave the reader in that dismal place. As we continue to read the story of Cheryl and Jeff, we live in Cheryl’s mind as she struggles to restore the marriage she herself ended by divorcing her husband. It is a clear picture of renewal, and as we travel with her on this journey we come to understand how positive transformation and spiritual renewal takes place in both an individual and a marriage.
I know God will use this book to open people’s eyes and heal many marriages. If your marriage is in trouble, read this book. If you have a friend whose marriage is spiraling out of control, refer I Do Again to them. The book is about the pain of a marriage that falls apart, but it ends with a marriage being restored. Hopefully, the honest sharing of the story of this marriage can help other marriages find healing as well. Linda Rooks, Author of Broken Heart on Hold, Surviving Separation