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Grace and Divorce
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Acknowledgments. Introduction. 1. But You Must Have Biblical Grounds! 2. Adam?s Nature, God?s Grace. 3. Enter the Law. 4. Christ?s Impossible Standard and His Enduring Grace. 5. The Perfect Principle. 6. Mercy?s Priority. 7. Grace Is Radical. 8. The Perils of Imperative Thinking. 9. What Divorcees Need. 10. What About Grace Abusers? 11. Why Are People Judgmental? 12. Glue for Broken Marriages. 13. Grace for All. The Author.

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Les Carter, Ph.D., is the senior psychotherapist at the Minirth Clinic, Richardson, Texas, where he has maintained a private counseling practice since 1980. He is a nationally recognized expert on topics including conflict resolution, emotions and spirituality, and marriage and family relationships. He is the author of twenty books including the bestselling The Anger Workbook, The Anger Trap, The Anger Workbook for Christian Parents, and The Freedom From Depression Workbook. Dr. Carter can be reached at www.angerexpert.com.

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Carter, psychotherapist and author of more than 20 books, addresses one of the diciest subjects in the evangelical world: divorce. Christians, he says, ought not to treat divorc?es as second-class citizens, intrusively question them about the "biblical grounds" for their divorce or pretend they have nothing left to offer their church or friends (all of which happen regularly, according to examples Carter cites from his counseling experience). Exactly how Christians should respond is less clear, aside from a general directive to recognize that we all fail to fully live up to Christian standards and thus need to respond with grace. Carter directs that divorces or those headed toward divorce-even when clearly abusing their new-found freedom-should not be confronted until after they have been allowed to share in depth their pain and perspective, whether this takes "ten minutes... or ten months." He cautions strongly against the urge to guide someone in how they should proceed, believing that this kind of "imperative thinking" displays self-centeredness and a desire for control. While the book is a thoughtful approach to a difficult topic, many readers will feel that Carter is so grace-focused as to be off-balance. Serious readers looking for advice on how to best approach friends on the subject will be perplexed by the lack of specific instruction. (Dec.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

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