We all struggle with relationships that are broken in some way. In this book, authors John and Therese Boucher show us eight ways to love like Jesus through intercessory prayer, respect, forgiveness, gratitude, affirmation, forbearance, honesty, and a healing presence.
These are gifts that are given to us through the power of the Holy Spirit. Like seeds that are placed in the earth, these virtues and gifts can grow with prayer, mutual support, and practice and become the paths to strong and fulfilling relationships.
Each chapter focuses on a different path to love. Many real-life stories, including those from the saints, help readers to connect these virtues and gifts to their own lives.
Reflection questions and an exercise for further growth included after each chapter. A practical and valuable resource for every Christian disciple.
From the authors:
We have been married a LONG time and have tried to love each other even longer. This book is about some of our favorite ways that God has helped us love each other in daily life AND when things get desperate. The book includes lots of stories, strategies, prayers and even a quiz about conflicts.
At the beginning of our relationship we didn't even like each other... but you will have to read the book for more about that. Some of our favorite paths to love are:
Respect (taking a second look)
Gratitude (yes -for the socks on the floor)
patience (like when Joseph found out the Mary was pregnant)
healing presence (making the time to visit someone who is sick)
speaking the truth (not talk show truth but the kind we hear in our hearts when we pray) and the ever illusive
forgiveness (like when John's dad insulted him in front of the whole family) or (when Therese found out she was pregnant at age forty).
All of these are gifts come from knowing how much God loves us and from imitating Jesus. So we included ways to rediscover the love of Jesus for each of us and the strength and healing he wants to give us before we turn to each other.
We learned and relearned, and unlearned a lot just writing this book.
We rediscovered God's promise to embrace us together and draw us into the love between Father, son and Holy Spirit -again and again and again...
Therese & John Boucher
John and Therese Boucher are award-winning authors, teachers, and online instructors. Their books include When You Notice the Empty Pews, Making Friends with the Saints, and Evangelizing Unchurched Children. John has served as director of evangelization for the Diocese of Trenton for many years and is a columnist for the Evangelization Exchange online newsletter. Therese maintains a Web site (www.christkey.com) offering resources for evangelization. They have five adult children and live in Princeton, N.J.
Mending Broken Relationships, Building Strong Ones is an insightful, inspiring, and practical book that offers scripturally-based and psychologically sound ways to heal and strengthen our relationships. Individuals, couples, ministry leaders, pastors, spiritual directors in short, anyone who wants to become an instrument of God s love and healing mercy will find this book transformational.
- Art and Laraine Bennett, authors of several best-selling books on temperament
Anchored in the Scriptures and Church teaching, the authors draw wisdom from their own family life and ministry to share practical ways to improve or repair relationships. The discussion questions and skills sections at the end of each chapter are especially helpful, offering simple ways to practice the virtues and take them to heart.
- Lauri Przybysz, DMin, National Association of Catholic Family Life Ministers