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Spiritually Healthy Divorce

Navigating Disruption with Insight & Hope

Carolyne Call

6 x 9, 224 pp, Paperback
978-1-59473-288-1

           

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Chart a Course to Wholeness in the Aftermath of Divorce

“Divorce tends to rip away your façade and defenses, and call into question what you know or believe. That vulnerability is painful, but ultimately can bring you to a place where your spiritual life can gain strength and insight if you are open to it. In the midst of feeling lost, you can find a new path forward, which brings you to a better place.”

from the Introduction

Divorce is never easy and almost always includes profound experiences of pain, isolation, anger, despair, and confusion. Here is a spiritual map for regaining your bearings, helping you move through the twists and turns of divorce in a spiritually healthy way.

Drawing on her work as a pastor and counselor—and her personal experience with divorce—Carolyne Call proposes a three-prong approach to help you reset your compass on a new destination—wholeness. Supported by first-person accounts from men and women from a variety of faith traditions who have found their way through divorce, she helps you identify:

  • Where you want to go—“I want to be true to who I am”
  • Where you don’t want to go—the “cul-de-sacs” of bitterness, resentment, victimization, and guilt
  • What you can do to get there

“Like water in the desert—a lifeline for transformation. An invaluable tool for anyone in the process of a divorce, whether or not they consider themselves spiritual, and a must-have resource for all in the helping professions, especially clergy, spiritual directors and therapists.”

Kay Lindahl, interfaith minister; founder, The Listening Center; author,  The Sacred Art of Listening: Forty Reflections for Cultivating a Spiritual Practice

“Both intimate and direct, relays hope, acceptance, and concrete advice.... Conveys a range of experiences nuanced enough for most readers to relate to.”

Publishers Weekly

“Brilliantly written, lovingly presented, courageously honest … plumbs the best wisdom from religious tradition, psychology, and personal experience to help grow the soul and rebuild a richer and more meaningful life…. A treasure.”

Rabbi Perry Netter, author, Divorce Is a Mitzvah: A Practical Guide to Finding Wholeness and Holiness When Your Marriage Dies

“Helpful ... maps out the possible territory ahead for those who have gotten divorced and are feeling discombobulated.”

Spirituality and Practice

“A remarkably wise guide through the perilous terrain of divorce … that shares stories and experience to chart a path through wrenching loss into deeper insight and new-found wholeness.”

Dr. Nancy Copeland-Payton, author, The Losses of Our Lives: The Sacred Gifts of Renewal in Everyday Loss

“Thoughtful and practical ideas as well as cautions for common traps promise to be blessings for anyone moving through a divorce. A superb resource for clergy, Stephen Series ministers, and pastoral counselors as they care for hurting people.”

Marie A. Blunt, executive director, Samaritan Counseling Center of South Bend

“[A] valuable resource…. The straightforward stories of others who have travelled this path are like signposts to show the way and let you know you are not alone.”

Nancy L. Bieber, retreat leader, teacher, Oasis Ministries for Spiritual Development; author, Decision Making and Spiritual Discernment: The Sacred Art of Finding Your Way

“A clear-eyed look at the overwhelming need for a fresh approach to divorce, one that is infused with forgiveness and hope.”

Marcia Ford, author, Finding Hope: Cultivating God’s Gift of a Hopeful Spirit and The Sacred Art of Forgiveness: Forgiving Ourselves and Others through God’s Grace

Carolyne Call, an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ, is director of the Office of Civic and Social Engagement and a lecturer in psychology at Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana. She serves as a spiritual adviser for those in the process of divorce while also conducting workshops and retreats on spiritual, psychological and moral development.

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