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  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    I have read and re-read and revisited certain chapters in this book countless times over the past 2-3 years. Corcoran's heartfelt journal-like meditations through a difficult marriage, separation, and eventual divorce have fed my soul, lifted my spirit to God, and made me feel less alone, judged, and ruined. Each chapter deals with an emotion or reality or fear or process along the path of healing from the severing of a marital union. And each brief chapter records Corcoran's wrestling with trut I have read and re-read and revisited certain chapters in this book countless times over the past 2-3 years. Corcoran's heartfelt journal-like meditations through a difficult marriage, separation, and eventual divorce have fed my soul, lifted my spirit to God, and made me feel less alone, judged, and ruined. Each chapter deals with an emotion or reality or fear or process along the path of healing from the severing of a marital union. And each brief chapter records Corcoran's wrestling with truth and loss, often humorously and always honestly and so relatably. She ends each chapter with a prayer, a relevant Bible passage, and a "step forward"--a practical activity to aid in processing and growing. I recommend this heartily to anyone who craves hope, faith, mercy, forgiveness, and a renewed sense of the person and presence of our loving God in the wasteland of the end of a Christian marriage. Thank you, Sharon O'Donnell, for making me aware of this book!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Luckily I have a good, happy marriage. Been married for ten years. I would not say it has been smooth sailing the whole time but nothing that my husband and I have not been able to overcome together. However my sister just recently went through a nasty divorce. Her ex lives locally in the same town so everyone still has to deal with him as my sister and her ex had a son together. This is a book that I am going to give her to read. Not that I did not read it as everyone is not perfect and we can Luckily I have a good, happy marriage. Been married for ten years. I would not say it has been smooth sailing the whole time but nothing that my husband and I have not been able to overcome together. However my sister just recently went through a nasty divorce. Her ex lives locally in the same town so everyone still has to deal with him as my sister and her ex had a son together. This is a book that I am going to give her to read. Not that I did not read it as everyone is not perfect and we can all use help in our lives. I thought that Elizabeth did a good job of sharing advice without being too critical. She does not get into details about her prior marriage but instead focuses on what she learned after her marriage ended. Which is good advice. I liked that at the end of each chapter, the author gave "a prayer" "a next good step" and "a way forward".

  3. 5 out of 5

    Judy Brown

    Truth as plain as it gets As a former pastor's wife in the middle of a divorce because of pornography, I feel like she just wrote my last 6 years. I will use this book for many days ahead. I will reach for it in the middle of the night, like I'm doing tonight at 2am. When pain gets so bad I will reach for this book. When it's all over I'll set back and remember as my life is unraveling as I know it now, God will wrap His loving arms around me and my joy will return. Thank you so much for telling Truth as plain as it gets As a former pastor's wife in the middle of a divorce because of pornography, I feel like she just wrote my last 6 years. I will use this book for many days ahead. I will reach for it in the middle of the night, like I'm doing tonight at 2am. When pain gets so bad I will reach for this book. When it's all over I'll set back and remember as my life is unraveling as I know it now, God will wrap His loving arms around me and my joy will return. Thank you so much for telling it like it is. Thank you for the real truth. It makes us that are going through the tough times know we're not alone. The truth will set me free.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Johnson

    Title: Unraveling (Hanging on to Faith through the End of a Christian Marriage) Author: Elisabeth Klein Corcoran Pages: 240 Year: 2013 Publisher: Abingdon Press “Happily Ever After” is no longer a foregone conclusion in today’s society whether a Christian marriage or otherwise. For me, it breaks my heart to see marriages end, but more so the pain that comes with it and not just to the couple, but also the children, friends and family of those involved. It is encouraging to see someone like the author Title: Unraveling (Hanging on to Faith through the End of a Christian Marriage) Author: Elisabeth Klein Corcoran Pages: 240 Year: 2013 Publisher: Abingdon Press “Happily Ever After” is no longer a foregone conclusion in today’s society whether a Christian marriage or otherwise. For me, it breaks my heart to see marriages end, but more so the pain that comes with it and not just to the couple, but also the children, friends and family of those involved. It is encouraging to see someone like the author take her experience and allow God not just to heal her, but also call her to encourage others. The encouragement is such a wonderful glimpse into the heart of our God who never leaves or forsakes anyone; he longs for them to dwell in Him. If you believe you are going to read an expose of the author’s marriage, divorce and other ugly matters, let me tell you upfront it isn’t in the book. So I hope that encourages you that it isn’t there, because the norm of most societies is to lay it all out for everyone to see the ugly, hard and hurtful things that should be held in confidence between the parties involved. Now, hear what I am Not saying. If there is something that needs to be known so appropriate biblical action is taken, please make sure to follow the steps laid out in the Bible…don’t hide it! The author shares a pro-marriage message about how marriage is supposed to be a reflection of Christ’s love for us and last a life time. One reason the author doesn’t share her story, though not the sole reason, is because she wants readers to learn directly from God what their story is without the encumbrance of hers or others’ experiences. If you are expecting a 10-step program or some answer to your particular season of life, it isn’t within these pages. What is included here are snippets of her journal entries to help those who need the encouragement to know someone else has been through this too. Unfortunately, there will be others who come behind your story too. Each chapter is just a few pages long with a bit from her journal or a story from elsewhere, followed by a prayer, “the next step” suggestion and then “a way forward” that shares a portion of the Scripture. If God has led you to this book, know it is filled with words of hope and encouragement even if you’re feeling anything but that at the moment. Remember healing takes time and there is no set timeframe, but as no one likes to hurt, we may want to hurry the process. Grab a pen, your Bible, a notebook or journal and the book and sit down at the feet of Jesus. Be prepared to hear Him speak and lead you to those He has called to walk alongside you. The Bible is the main book; Unraveling is a tool and to me a good one. Kudos to Elisabeth for sharing her heart on a tough topic! My rating is 4 ½ stars. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255. “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspo... . Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lori L (She Treads Softly)

    The title of Elisabeth Klein Corcoran's latest book, Unraveling: Hanging Onto Faith Through the End of a Christian Marriage succinctly summarizes exactly the contents of her book. Written for Christian women who are going or have gone through a divorce, Corcoran shares her intimate thoughts and reflections on what she went through: "What you’re holding in your hands is a narrative of my journey through the most difficult, confusing, and emotional season of my entire life. It is the chronicling of The title of Elisabeth Klein Corcoran's latest book, Unraveling: Hanging Onto Faith Through the End of a Christian Marriage succinctly summarizes exactly the contents of her book. Written for Christian women who are going or have gone through a divorce, Corcoran shares her intimate thoughts and reflections on what she went through: "What you’re holding in your hands is a narrative of my journey through the most difficult, confusing, and emotional season of my entire life. It is the chronicling of me bottoming out and then finding I wasn’t alone when I reached my end. It is the chronicling of battling every fear and every sadness and every judgment and then realizing there was hope and light and joy waiting for me. And it is the chronicling of not knowing if I was following God’s leading or walking away and then finding out that he was right there, as close as a breath, following through on his promise to never abandon me, no matter what." (Location 37-41) The details and whys of what lead to her divorce are not intimated here. Instead she focuses on what helped her when her 18 year marriage ended in divorce. She writes "I am proclaiming—for the sake of your healing process and for the sake of falling lavishly on the side of grace—that I do not care how you came to find yourself separated or divorced, and therefore my specifics do not matter. What matters is the foundational truth that even in the most heartbreaking, soulwrenching divorce, you, and I, can find peace, healing, and resurrection." (Location 54-55) Part of the problem of not sharing some specifics is that clearly her circumstances are not shared by every Christian who has a marriage end. Reading an article Corcoran wrote where she gave some details and insight into why her marriage ended (alcohol, abuse) was actually beneficial for me: Crosswalk - Unraveling. www.crosswalk.com/family/marriage/div... Corcoran shares at the end of Unraveling that the book was written while she was still separated and right after her divorce as she wanted others to understand why their emotions are so raw and perhaps offer some help/support for them. And while this book is written for Christians it would also be beneficial and offer some healing and hope to anyone who has experienced a divorce. Because she already had a career as a speaker and writer, she was able to continue to be a stay-at-home mom, rather than a woman suddenly thrust back into the job market after devoting years to her husband and family. This reflects a huge difference between her and many Christian women who aren't as fortunate. I am a Christian whose ex divorced her after 28 years of marriage. My circumstances are remarkably different from Corcoran's, although there are similarities too. I will say that in my case parts of the book simply didn't apply because my ex wanted a new life where he didn't have adult children either. I would very highly recommend Unraveling, but I would very highly recommend a DivorceCare group even more to anyone who suddenly finds themselves faced with divorce. Disclosure: My Kindle edition was courtesy of the author via Netgalley for review purposes.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leona

    Each chapter discusses an emotion or issue that Christian women going though a divorce will face and struggle with. Just a few of the topics discussed are Raw, Brokenness, Hope, Emotions, and Rejection. Each chapter is short, just four or five pages. In that space Elisabeth discusses her own struggles in this area with honesty and openness. She then goes on to share how God has led her through this issue and testifies to His love and faithfulness in this area. Each chapter ends with a prayer to Each chapter discusses an emotion or issue that Christian women going though a divorce will face and struggle with. Just a few of the topics discussed are Raw, Brokenness, Hope, Emotions, and Rejection. Each chapter is short, just four or five pages. In that space Elisabeth discusses her own struggles in this area with honesty and openness. She then goes on to share how God has led her through this issue and testifies to His love and faithfulness in this area. Each chapter ends with a prayer to help you seek God's help in this area, A Next Good Step which is some small activity designed to help you conquer this struggle, and A Way Forward: a verse to encourage you in this issue. Scattered between the chapters are excerpts from her journals as she has gone through the whole journey of counseling, attempted reconciliation, separation, and divorce. In the first chapter, Raw, she writes: “No one likes to feel like this: exposed, defenseless, emotionally naked. But once you have gotten to this place of being able to speak your truest feelings, maybe after all these years, you will be ready to begin to be healed. God won't bother trying to paint over your pretenses. Instead, God will put forth amazing amounts of effort to take your wide-open, unguarded self and recover you, rebuild you, restore you.” (p 3) In her chapter on opinions, Elisabeth's next good step is to sit down with your Bible and ask God how He really sees you. “Then quiet your heart and listen, really listen, to what He says about you. And whatever you do, don't rail against His loving response” (p 24). I can attest to how important that last sentence is. If you find yourself in that position ask Him to get you through that, and He will. Sometimes we have to let the Holy Spirit pray for us. I think the most touching chapter for me was the one on identity. It is also the one that I can relate to most on a personal level. She describes how utterly beat down and unloved she feels. She compares her life to an old beat up piece of furniture that needs to be restored. First God has to strip off all the damaged layers, removing all the lies that we as divorced women have come to believe about ourselves. Then He applies a new coat of stain, filling us up with the truths of who we are in Him and how much He loves and cherishes us, both as one of His creations and as a unique child made in His image. Finally, He gets out His artist's pallet and creates a unique design with our unique gifts and talents to be someone that can be used by Him to do something that He has designed just for me as an individual. I have seen how He is bringing me through these steps in my own life. I think we are currently about to transition in to step three.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Create With Joy

    Several years ago, I had the privilege of upholding a friend during what was probably the most painful period of her life – the dissolution of her marriage. There were many difficult forks in her journey – but one of the most difficult things she grappled with was coming to terms with being a Christian who would soon be divorced. How does one deal with that burden along with all of the other difficult emotions one must come to term with during this most vulnerable of times? The experience of thos Several years ago, I had the privilege of upholding a friend during what was probably the most painful period of her life – the dissolution of her marriage. There were many difficult forks in her journey – but one of the most difficult things she grappled with was coming to terms with being a Christian who would soon be divorced. How does one deal with that burden along with all of the other difficult emotions one must come to term with during this most vulnerable of times? The experience of those who have walked that road before us are a beacon during difficult times, and Elisabeth Klein Corcoran lights the way in her new book Unraveling – Hanging on To Faith Through The End Of A Christian Marriage. I wish I’d had a copy of Unraveling to give to my friend as it would have made her journey so much easier. In Unraveling, Elisabeth opens her journals and her heart to walk us through the very real and raw emotions she felt along every step of her path. She walks us through Guilt. She walks us through Loneliness She walks us through Hurts, Anger, and Brokeness. She walks us through our places of Vulnerability to bring us to our places of Strength. In each chapter of Unraveling, Elisabeth walks us through a different emotion you will feel if your marriage is coming apart – but she doesn't leave us stuck in that place. Instead, she leaves us with a Prayer – and A Next Step – and A Way Forward. What could have been a terribly dreary book is instead a book filled with courage, honesty and hope. We face our Fears – We say our Good-byes – We walk into a world of Unknowns – So that we can find Joy, Friendship, Relief, Truth, and Something New awaiting us on the other side. Unraveling is a sensitively written book that will help you navigate and stay on course during an emotionally difficult time. This book is a keeper. I rate Unraveling 5/5 Stars. This review was written by and originally published at Create With Joy. Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review purposes. I was not compensated or required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lacey Louwagie

    I read about this book on my friend Jenny's blog and picked it up hoping it was a memoir. Not that I'm the sort of person who's drawn to all the lurid details of other people's lives (or maybe I am), but because I am interested in stories of how people resolve their faith lives in the face of challenging personal circumstances. This book is not really a memoir -- instead, it's more of a self-help book for Christian women who are divorced, separated, or in difficult marriages, centered around som I read about this book on my friend Jenny's blog and picked it up hoping it was a memoir. Not that I'm the sort of person who's drawn to all the lurid details of other people's lives (or maybe I am), but because I am interested in stories of how people resolve their faith lives in the face of challenging personal circumstances. This book is not really a memoir -- instead, it's more of a self-help book for Christian women who are divorced, separated, or in difficult marriages, centered around something like the author's own journal of her process. Even though I'm fortunate not to personally be in the midst of an unhappy or ending/ended marriage, I think anyone who is living through a time of darkness and grieving that makes them question their faith would find this book helpful. I did feel uncomfortable by how often the reader was addressed directly as "you" and assumed to be going through divorce -- it made me feel like I was reading something illicit, or superstitious about attracting that kind of energy. And the reference to the reader as "dear ones" or "sweet ones" felt sort of patronizing. And although its particular brand of Christianity is a little more contained than my own, Elisabeth Corcoran isn't afraid to ask the really hard questions: "People who love Jesus and are trying to follow him with pure hearts get cancer and die, go to Iraq and die, have car accidents and die." The writing itself is fantastic -- compassionate, accessible, clean, and spare without sacrificing emotional resonance. It's really a great book and a great resource, which is why I can't fault it for not being exactly what I wanted.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jan Ward

    I was given an advanced reader copy of this book. All of the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. The subtitle to this book s "hanging onto faith through the end of a Christian Marriage". I want to state foremost that this book is not a theological, doctrinal discussion of marriage problems or divorce. This very readable book, is a guide to helping the person in this situation find God and strengthen their relationship with Christ through the "unraveling". Each chapter has a prayer, "a ne I was given an advanced reader copy of this book. All of the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. The subtitle to this book s "hanging onto faith through the end of a Christian Marriage". I want to state foremost that this book is not a theological, doctrinal discussion of marriage problems or divorce. This very readable book, is a guide to helping the person in this situation find God and strengthen their relationship with Christ through the "unraveling". Each chapter has a prayer, "a next good step" and a scripture verse on which to meditate. I frequently thought of the old adage "how to eat an elephant... one bite at a time" as I found each chapter a digestible set of things to think about and steps to move forward. I felt as if a very good friend was sitting with me over coffee and quietly encouraging with these words. I recommend it to any person who finds themselves in this situation.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jan Ward

    I was given an advanced reader copy of this book. All of the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. The subtitle to this book s "hanging onto faith through the end of a Christian Marriage". I want to state foremost that this book is not a theological, doctrinal discussion of marriage problems or divorce. This very readable book, is a guide to helping the person in this situation find God and strengthen their relationship with Christ through the "unraveling". Each chapter has a prayer, "a ne I was given an advanced reader copy of this book. All of the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. The subtitle to this book s "hanging onto faith through the end of a Christian Marriage". I want to state foremost that this book is not a theological, doctrinal discussion of marriage problems or divorce. This very readable book, is a guide to helping the person in this situation find God and strengthen their relationship with Christ through the "unraveling". Each chapter has a prayer, "a next good step" and a scripture verse on which to meditate. I frequently thought of the old adage "how to eat an elephant... one bite at a time" as I found each chapter a digestible set of things to think about and steps to move forward. I felt as if a very good friend was sitting with me over coffee and quietly encouraging with these words. I recommend it to any person who finds themselves in this situation.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Shearon

    This book is not a 10-step program or an answer to a season in your life that you’re going through. If that is what you are expecting, it’s not in this book. What is included are snippets of her journal entries to help encourage you, and to let you know that you are not alone in what you are going through. The chapters are short, and include snippets from her journal or a story from elsewhere, followed by a prayer, "the next step" suggestion and then "a way forward" that shares a portion of the This book is not a 10-step program or an answer to a season in your life that you’re going through. If that is what you are expecting, it’s not in this book. What is included are snippets of her journal entries to help encourage you, and to let you know that you are not alone in what you are going through. The chapters are short, and include snippets from her journal or a story from elsewhere, followed by a prayer, "the next step" suggestion and then "a way forward" that shares a portion of the Scripture. If you feel the Lord has led you to this book, know it is filled with words of hope and encouragement even if you're feeling anything but that at the moment. Remember healing takes time and there is no set timeframe, but as no one likes to hurt, we may want to hurry the process. Grab your bible, a pen, your own journal, this book and sit down at the feet of Jesus. Be still and be prepared to hear Him speak and help you unravel what you’ve been going through.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    I haven't read a book this open and honest in a long time. Elisabeth writes of her separation and divorce after a lengthy "Christian" marriage. She shares all of her raw feelings, her disappointments, anger, etc. She wondered if God would ever use her again. She felt like giving up, having been a failure. This is a great book for anyone in similar circumstances. The chapters are short, great for daily reading. Elisabeth shares the same encouragement she found - the solid ground of God's unconditi I haven't read a book this open and honest in a long time. Elisabeth writes of her separation and divorce after a lengthy "Christian" marriage. She shares all of her raw feelings, her disappointments, anger, etc. She wondered if God would ever use her again. She felt like giving up, having been a failure. This is a great book for anyone in similar circumstances. The chapters are short, great for daily reading. Elisabeth shares the same encouragement she found - the solid ground of God's unconditional love. I highly recommend this book. See my full review at http://bit.ly/1biZamp.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    Excellent book! Her honesty touches your heart. Biblically, I agree with her beliefs and really appreciated and enjoyed the prayers and Bible verses at the end of each chapter. Although this book is about divorce I think it would be helpful to anyone going through a hard time. I found a lot of the chapters applied to living with a chronic disease. I highly recommend this book. I got it for my church library and now I want to keep it for myself :-)

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    First, a disclaimer (and a huge one at that): I have never been divorced. That said, as a friend to many divorcees, this book helped me understand my friends' struggles better. The book is set up really well for a study. Each chapter covers a particular difficulty, directs you to particular passages of the Bible and gives you a simple assignment. First, a disclaimer (and a huge one at that): I have never been divorced. That said, as a friend to many divorcees, this book helped me understand my friends' struggles better. The book is set up really well for a study. Each chapter covers a particular difficulty, directs you to particular passages of the Bible and gives you a simple assignment.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Divorce is hard And unraveling is the perfect description. Although this book doesn't share her circumstances, it is comforting to know that others go through many of the same feelings and questions. To know that others are faced with people questioning your decision. I found hope in the pages of unraveling; hope that "this", how I feel today, won't be forever. Divorce is hard And unraveling is the perfect description. Although this book doesn't share her circumstances, it is comforting to know that others go through many of the same feelings and questions. To know that others are faced with people questioning your decision. I found hope in the pages of unraveling; hope that "this", how I feel today, won't be forever.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

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    Nancy

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    Lisa Van Cleef

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    Jean Marrapodi

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