Divorce And Christians

Beyond Divorce, by Brenda Hunter (Revell, 160 pp., $6.95), The Long Way Back, by Arliss R. Benham (Master’s Press, 55 pp., $1.50pb), Living With Divorce, by Kathleen Sheridan (Thomas More, 130 pp., $6.95 hb and $3.45 pb), An Answer to Divorce, by Norman Wright (Harvest House, 62 pp., $.95 pb), How to Avoid Divorce, by Luciano L’Abate and Bess L’Abate (John Knox, 141 pp., $4.95 pb), Divorce: Prevention or Survival, by William V. Arnold, et al. (Westminster, 128 pp., $4.95 pb), Alone Again, by Richard Krebs (Augsburg, 125 pp., $6.95 hb and $3.50 pb), and Daddy, Come Home, by Irene Aiken (Victor, 100 pp., $1.75 pb), are reviewed by Helen Hosier, editor, Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, Tennessee.

Approaching the topic of divorce is an extremely risky thing to do. As Kathleen Sheridan says, “Such an issue is hardly neutral in most people’s minds. Divorce is one of those disturbing, controversial subjects that we tend to link with abortion, marijuana, sexuality, and murder—whether it belongs there or not Divorce is an issue about which many of us have long-standing, well-ingrained opinions.” Hard on the heels of this and other revelatory statements, Sheridan says most of these positions she regards as prejudiced, narrow, presumptuous, and irrational. Instead, this clinical psychologist has come to believe that divorce may be a good choice, a viable decision, an essential alternative. This is, of course, a controversial conclusion.

There was a time, not too many years ago, when a person going through divorce could find few if any books that spoke to his or her need written from a largely Christian perspective. Such is no longer the case. Booksellers may well be saying now, “Not another one!” as they view ...

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