If You Don't Die to Self, I May Have to Kill You
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Emmy-nominated TV news reporter Karen Long shares hilarious stories from her marriage, and offers lessons and laughs along the way. Forsaking her lucrative career, Long discovered real action and drama at home. Read her evangelical expose on the epidemic of "marital misery" complete with romance, intrigue, suspense and dirty dishes.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1590526589
ISBN-13: 9781590526583

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Marital Misery? You’re Not Alone

Contemplating divorce? (Gasp) Never! Murder? (Hmmmmm) Well, maybe…! If your marriage resembles a combat zone more than a covenant commitment, you’re in good company. If You Don’t Die to Self, I May Have to Kill You is packed with juicy foibles and misdeeds candidly expressed by Emmy-nominated TV news reporter Karen Long . Follow her behind the scenes to discover solid spiritual ammunition targeting attitude, gratitude, contentment, forgiveness, self-denial, and even suffering. Romance, suspense, and intrigue mark Karen’s antics, and "what not to dos" reinforce biblical principles that light the way from marital misery to a harmonious hitch.

Contemplating Divorce?






The slogan for The Divorce Store reads: "When ’till death do you part’ isn’t soon enough." Can you relate?

"Instead of just waiting for Paul to keel over, I spent years looking for a younger woman for him, someone who enjoys doing laundry."

"I calculated I’d forgiven Paul the biblically required seven times seventy—490 times—over the course of one weekend alone…"

"When ’two become one flesh,’ you either get some unity or you get Frankenstein. We got a monster of a marriage…"

When your marriage resembles a combat zone more than a covenant commitment, you need a few weapons, er…tools at your disposal.

Former award-winning TV news reporter Karen Long candidly expresses juicy foibles and misdeeds marking her treacherous memorable twenty-year marriage with Paul. The happy ending? They’re still married. Only now they’re laughing.

Karen will arm you with solid spiritual ammunition targeting attitude, gratitude, contentment, forgiveness, and—of course—suffering. Humorously revealing her hard-won wisdom, this book is your ticket out of marital misery and into a harmonious hitch.

"A book just like the author—witty, funny, charming, and full of depth. It will make you laugh and cry, but mostly you will learn about yourself and what it takes to finish the marriage journey with a smile on your face."

Congressman James E. Rogan

Story Behind the Book

Karen Long gave up a lucrative career as a TV news reporter "broadcasting live from the mean streets of Los Angeles " to go home to a husband, kids, and real action and drama. She tells of being on the frontlines of the home front in this evangelical exposé on the epidemic of marital misery. "Over the years," Karen says, "my husband, Paul, pushed all my buttons, including the little red one that can blast a nuclear family of five into oblivion. Paul often brought out the very worst in me…allowing me to see my great need for a Savior instead of a good divorce attorney. Yes, this would be a terribly tragic story if it wasn’t such a terrific, true testimony for the Lord."

Author Bio

Karen Long and her husband, Paul, own and operate Kappa Studios, Inc., a television production/postproduction facility in Los Angeles . Having graduated as class valedictorian from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in journalism and an M.A. in broadcast communications, Karen went on to become an award-winning reporter and producer in the number two media market in the nation. She also anchored for Good Morning America at the ABC affiliate in Palm Springs and has written articles published in the Los Angeles Times and Reader’s Digest . She and Paul have three children.

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  1. mechanicswife
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    this book keeps your attention start to finish
    May 31, 2011
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    this book keeps your attention from start to finish with captivating sentences and stories that enlighten and entertain, but at the same time make you ponder the work that you are putting into your marriage....is it constructive or destructive??!!! Great Book overall....glad that I purchased it!!
  2. R Skelton
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 12, 2007
    R Skelton
    A wonderfully pro-marriage anti-divorce book. For that alone it deserves 5 stars. As easy to read as a novel, a can't put down book. Her background in television reporting has given her the ability to express herself in contemporary language. It is biographical, not a marriage manual, so it covers her life story, not just her marriage. It unpacks the beneath the surface machinations that go on in a marriage. Shows the different ways husbands and wives deal with and respond to the stresses that come with married life. Every married couple will see themselves in it's pages. A book that skillfuly imparts the basics of God's intent for marriage, without using a heavy handed approach. Tells how she went from wishing her husband were dead to being madly in love with him. The inclusion of her pastor's biblical marriage strategies is significant, because her foray into psycholgy failed to help her marriage. An inspiring human interest story, written in the style that the average person is accustomed to, it can be given with confidence.
  3. Clint Jacobs
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 9, 2007
    Clint Jacobs
    Praise God for Christians like Karen and Paul. It took a lot of guts to share their story with the world. Proving once again, God won't let us get into any situation that He can't handle. If you are reading this review and your marriage is in trouble, then GO IMMEDIATELY to the BUY button and see for yourself:WITH GOD, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. If my ex-wife had had Karen's courage and commitment, my life, my son's and his mother's, would have been so much better. Thank you Karen and Paul for showing the Christians of the world, we really don't have to be "of the world."
  4. Charlie Stanton
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    July 28, 2006
    Charlie Stanton
    Karen Long's portrayal of a broken marriage is lamentable, but certainly not helpful. My wife and I both read this book and both walked away feeling, disappointed. It read more as a self-glorifying, self-promoting collection of viniets. She never let us forget she was an award nominated former-pushy reporter, who has met famous people. The meat of the issues of broken marriages was not really addressed, and it wasn't until the list she gave (taken directly from her pastor?) at the end that we gathered anything of use. This book may be useful to bored housewives who are happliy married but have a Jerry Springer-esk voyerism, but to real women who have husbands that abandon them, beat them, and subject them to true poverty and neglect, read something else.The writing style is purile, disjointed, and ultimately embarrassing. Find something else to read.
  5. Tammy
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 26, 2006
    A Marriage TransformedI very much enjoyed this book....it gives me hope that marriage can work. I am actually a friend of Paul and Karens and have been for over 20 years. I've watched them be tranformed by the love of Christ through counseling by Pastor Rich. The book reads just as if you were a part of their lives, you can feel their joy, their pain and their rebirth. The books is easy to read and will give you much input on how we need to die to self in order for God to transform our lives
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