After the Fall

God has a long history of redeeming our sinful failures, of turning our worst blunders into opportunities for personal growth and spiritual development.
— Richard Exley

The voice on the other end of the line was desperate. In a shaky, emotion-filled voice, the wife of a minister and mother of four confessed her adultery.

"I don't know why I'm calling you," she stammered, "except I read your book, and I thought maybe you could help me."

I began to reply, but she plowed ahead, "But I'm not sure I want help. I love Brad. He's so understanding, so caring, not like my husband who takes me for granted."

I listened for the better part of an hour while she poured out her story of a marriage undermined by the demands of ministry that won her husband's affections. She had inadvertently begun spending time with a younger man who was just a friend. Nothing more. Suddenly she was "in love." Now she was torn between her family and her lover. Her husband was growing suspicious, and her allconsuming guilt ...

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