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.
Marie Kléber says
What a lovely post Chris!
Yes Lisa’s blog is a great source of inspiration. I, too, loved her book Hearts Unbroken.
I started reading her when I was in the midst of my own divorce and I can tell that her precious adices and her open heart helped me go through tough times.
lisa thomson says
Thank you so much, Marie! So delighted to hear that my writing helped you through your divorce. Love you and you are also an inspiration to me!
I love that she helped you, Marie! Lisa has so much wisdom and encouragement…
Janine Huldie says
Although I am not going through a divorce, I have a few friends who have and one who is currently. So, I will definitely be sharing the above with them now. So, thanks Chris for sharing here.
lisa thomson says
Thanks, Janine for sharing my books with your friend. I’m sure one of these will be of comfort/help for them. Cheers!
Definitely pass Lisa’s books and blog on to your friend Janine. I’m sure they will be a great resource for her.
lisa thomson says
Chris, Thank you for sharing my books here at your lovely blog! I appreciate your support and hope that my books will resonate with your tribe. xxoo
Thank YOU for writing them, for encouraging women when they need it most, and for being such a supportive friend to so many, Lisa. I just adore you and the work you do!
You’re such a lovely friend! Her wisdom is always spot-on. So many things I’ve never even thought about. She deserves to sell millions of books!
Lisa is SO wise and SO helpful to SO many! I hope her books get into the hands who need encouragement, guidance, and affirmation.
My Inner Chick says
***I Love love love
and appreciate how you support other women.
I love Lisa
and I love you.
Lots of loves here! Haa. xxx
That’s what we do, right? Always good to have lots of loves!! MWUAH!
Kristi Campbell says
My poor dad is going through this now. He just turned 80. 80!!!! He didn’t want to get married in the first place but she convinced him they’d care for one another when they got old. Sigh. Thank you for letting me know about these books. I need to get him one or all.
Oh my gosh, Kristi! 80???? Your poor dad!! Just so awful and especially at that age. I’m so sorry… Sigh.