No one gets married thinking it will end in divorce, but some must face the awful reality of a broken, irreparable marriage. Today I want to introduce you to a dear friend who can offer help to women facing this painful journey down such a difficult road.
Lisa Thompson has created two valuable resources for you. Using her own experience in going through a divorce, she wanted to help other women navigate the issues that come from this experience, so she wrote The Great Escape: A Girl’s Guide to Leaving a Marriage .
She also has written a companion book, A Divorce Companion: The Best of The Great Escape Blog including her most helpful blog posts that will offer support and guidance through the common struggles women face when going through a divorce.
Lisa has a heart for helping women going through a divorce and learned so much from her own circumstances. Her blog offers more encouragement and insight for women facing such a difficult decision or for those who are currently in the throes of a divorce. It is my hope and my prayer that her advice and encouragement can offer you the wisdom you need to navigate this tumultuous terrain and strengthen you with hope.
She recently published a new book of short stories, called “Hearts Unbroken“. I bought it immediately and have enjoyed reading each story since. This book seems fitting with her line of work, as each story depicts an intimate view into several different relationships and common ways marriages fail. These fictional stories reflect the real-life struggles of many women and men in circumstances that often lead to divorce, but how each one unfolds is both unique and intriguing, leaving the reader captivated.
Hearts Unbroken is filled with all the dysfunction that can transpire in a marriage, including heartbreak, loss, abuse, and neglect, but Lisa leads the reader to discover the inspiring redemption that follows. These stories portray the reality of many marriages that collapse and her detailed and intimate view of the characters will pull you in, hoping for resolution and sometimes even rescue. Each short story is both intriguing and inspiring in its own unique way. The realistic and vivid descriptions that unfold are powerful and moving.
I loved that despite the difficult and sometimes tragic circumstances that occurred in these relationships, the stories didn’t end there. Each one took the reader on a journey of discovery within the characters evolving introspective personal growth. From the sometimes-unbearable marital situations, came strength and survival, freedom and purpose. We could all learn from the inner worlds Lisa opened up to her readers.
There is even a discussion guide at the end of the book that can be an excellent resource for personal growth. The questions in this guide help the reader take a closer look at reflecting the circumstances of each story and how each character managed specific marital problems. Identifying these issues can be incredibly useful in discussion groups focused on coping with loss, abuse, poor communication and personal growth within a struggling marriage.
If you or someone you know is currently going through such a hardship, these books can be a valuable guide and offer comforting encouragement. There are few things harder than ending a marriage, so I’m grateful for women like Lisa, who not only offer the support and guidance necessary to endure all the difficult details of this experience but also inspires hope for healing and a fulfilling life after divorce.