Cindy Beall doesn’t just write a book from Scripture, she writes this book from personal experience. Her husband had been unfaithful, not just once, but several times. Her story is proof that redemption is possible. In a very real and open way, Beall tells their story, from the moment she found out about her husband’s unfaithfulness through the redemption. Cindy’s husband Chris, started out looking at pornography; that turned into an addiction that grew. Weaved between the chapters are also section where other couples share their own story of failure and freedom.
Dealing with the progression and destruction of sin, this book takes an honest look at the consequences of sexual sin in a marriage. It does not just look at the emotional issues of a broken marriage and the journey to restoration, but the Beall’s write about the financial, medical, and other consequences too. The emotions, the pain, and the reality of the consequences of sin are real! The Beall’s don’t minimize the pain and hurts, but talk openly about them and their journey to redemption and healing. The interesting thing is that they are very open about Chris’ accountability and that while he is back in ministry, there are more safe guards around him. Not that he can’t be trusted, but because it is so easy to fall and these safe guards help him and help his wife continue to be able to trust him. I think all too often we think someone being restored to a position would not need those safe guards, but rather it is that they should have had them before, and because they weren’t there, that fall was easier.
I received the galleys of this book from NetGalley.com for the purpose of this review.