Marriage Triage: A Guide to Healing for the Hurting Spouse
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Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Ambassador-Emerald, Intl.
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
Availability: Available to ship on or about 12/30/13.
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Marriage Triage tends to the wounded Christian whose marriage is in crisis. When the biblical model of what a Christian marriage is meant to be has been broken. Marriage Triage will encourage the hurting spouse to make biblical choices when tempted to give in to emotional decisions.
Pain, hurt, and betrayal can bring out the very worst in our decision-making processes. While other marriage relationship titles are designed to help marriages improve, Marriage Triage is geared to help a spouse emotionally and spiritually survive.
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Located in: Kanapolis, NC
Submitted: June 23, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. I am the Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Senior Adult Ministries at Northside Baptist Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. I am a graduate of Trinity Bible College and Theological Seminary with a B.A. in biblical counseling, and completing his masters work in the same field. I am the host of The Biblical Counseling Moment aired on the radio and iTunes podcast. Episodes were downloaded more than 100,000 times in 2011. I served eleven years in North Carolina as a sworn police officer for the Greensboro Police Department, where I gained extensive experience working closely with families in crisis. I have been interviewed on Discovery ID in a recently aired true crime series called The Devil You Know (Make Believe Media Inc.). I have been married to April Durham Goode since 1994, and we have two children. Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, I have spent the last thirty-three years in North Carolina. My burden and passion is to bring the hope of Jesus Christ to the hurting and disillusioned.
What was your motivation behind this project? I don't know that I ever really wanted to write a book on marriage. That may seem like a non-sensical way to begin an interview on a marriage book, but you have to realize that after 11 years of police work and being neck-deep in the middle of marital conflict that I was done! I wanted to put that piece of my life in the ground and bury it, but God has a way of making us miserable until we do what he says. I had written blog articles for a number of years and it seemed that the common theme in all the articles always went back to marriage relationships, and I would always interweave old police stories in as illustrations. I received such a positive response that I began to see an opportunity to publish on a bigger platform.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? The Bible clearly says that we battle more than anything against our thoughts and actions. The Apostle Paul even expounded on the fact that many times he did the things he wasn't supposed to do, and didn't do the things he knew to do. For a spouse in the middle of a marriage crisis the hardest human action to avoid is making emotional and irrational choices. Hurting and betrayed spouses want to hurt and blame! The problem with this is that the Bible doesn't condone these types of reactions even though they may be perfectly justified in the eyes of the world. We always want to park on "an eye for an eye" when Jesus gave us an entirely different way to respond. I try and give both husband and wife practical ways to respond to one another. I also pray that as each spouse reads Marriage Triage that the hope of Christ would fill their hearts, and that this book will give them a simple step by step way to navigate through their marriage crisis. I desire more than anything for them to gain "hope" that can only come from Jesus.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? This book took me back to some incredible memories in my police career that I was able to capture in many places throughout the book. It also gave me many sleepless nights as I recalled stories that had taken me a long time to repress and bury in the recesses of my mind. As much as I am in awe of God's wonder and power, it doesn't mean that each task he inspires us to do is going to be pleasant. Marriage Triage took me back to some times that I felt were best left alone, but God had other plans for the experiences he allowed me to participate in during my police career. There were a large number of readers I chose who had been through some very difficult times in their marriages. Having them provide real-time input as I wrote, and seeing how it impacted their marriages in such a positive way was amazing.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I believe of all the marriage authors out there today, Gary Thomas (Sacred Marriage) has been my biggest influence, and counsel. There were some decisions I had to make about the direction of my publishing, and I recall some specific email conversations that I had with Gary where he asked me certain questions that prompted me to take a different direction on both my publishing and some details related to editing. God used Gary to help me get on the right course to publishing. Another powerful influence was Dr. Alex McFarland who has been a good friend for the past couple of years. He has written 10 books in the area of apologetics, and guided me through the road to manuscript submissions. He has also been a mentor to me in the area of speaking, and research.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Your book includes a "Quick Start Guide." What is this and how will it help marriages? The "Quick Start Guide" was added for the spouse who needs quick direction on what they should and should not be doing. When a spouse is hurting and in emotional pain it's hard to think clearly. I wanted to provide a way for them to get some quick help before starting the journey into chapter one. One thing to also note is that Marriage Triage was not written to be an exhaustive manual because those reading are not in the frame of mind to read epic novels. The readers can follow me on Twitter @stephen_goode
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