Most Christian women would never consider having an affair. Yet, marriages, families and friendships are destroyed as a result of poor choices made. These were the consequences Lyndell Hetrick Holtz faced when she chose a path that led to adultery. As a pastor's wife and lifetime Christian she thought she was immune from temptation. Her memoir reveals how she was deceived, and how God's truth brought her back to a place of trusting Him with her heart and unfulfilled desires. A must-read for any married woman, her story will caution you and remind you where and Who your heart should rest with. 192 pages, softcover from Beacon Hill Press.
Confessions of an Adulterous Christian Woman offers a rare and honest look at the destructive descent into adultery and reveals the redeeming power of God’s grace and His ability to restore a ruined life. Author Lyndell Hetrick Holtz was a pastor’s wife, Bible study leader, and retreat speaker who never believed she would commit adultery. She thought her involvement with ministry gave her extra protection from the temptation to have an affair. But, in her forties, her life began to crumble, and suddenly adultery seemed to be the solution for an unhappy life and marriage. With emotion and conviction, Lyndell reflects on the disillusionment and faulty beliefs that led to destructive decisions. She tells of the heartache and pain she experienced when her affair was discovered and the resulting consequences, including the loss of her 25 year marriage, her beautiful home, her witness in the community, her friends, and the respect of her four adult children. It seemed as if her life was over and her relationship with Christ forever ruined.But it was here, broken and sprawled in the dust of shame and defeat, where Lyndell encountered love unlike any she had ever known. With worship and humility, she shares how God lovingly embraced her shattered life and began to redeem, restore, and rebuild it in miraculous ways.Confessions of an Adulterous Christian Woman gives women a first-hand look at the destruction of adultery and provides the awareness needed to avoid assuming that Christian women are immune to adultery’s snare. This powerful story examines the devastating effects of adultery, but more importantly, reveals a God who continues to write His story of redemption, restoration, and reconciliation on the broken lives of humanity, taking us, from utter despair to undying devotion to Him and the unconditional, healing love He gives.
Lyndell Hetrick Holtz has served as a facilitator and mentor in several church-based programs designed to help those struggling with divorce or a marriage crisis. She volunteers weekly at Mission Gate Prison Ministries, serving wherever needed to acclimate released prisoners to society and help accelerate their growth in Christ. Holding a bachelor of education degree, she has taught secondary English in grades 9 through 12. For more than 20 years she served as a pastor’s wife. She has four grown children and four grandsons. She and her husband, whom she remarried in 2002, live in St. Louis, Missouri.