Eleven years of marriage boiled down to one truth: the one who had promised fidelity for better or worse, who'd fathered their three children and joined her in quoting Emily Dickinson lines, had been unfaithful. For years Juliene Anne had endured the embarrassment of Lee having one too many drinks and showing too much interest in other women. But she trusted him to never go too far. Until the message she overheard that changed her life. You need to stop coming out here to California, and screwing around with my girlfriend, and screwing around on your wife, and screwing up my life. The ensuing confrontation and painful interactions that followed reinforced Juliene's perception of Lee as the problem. As they struggled to patch up their marriage, she came to a far more startling conclusion: she could choose to be happy. She could choose to love. Regardless of Lee's actions, Juliene could take steps to strengthen her contentment. This honest memoir of a marriage in tatters brings to light a major misconception throughout society: that we are helpless to resist the feelings accompanying life's troubles. Having passed through one of the most trying tests of marriage, Juliene shares her struggles with the hope of one whose marriage has been strengthened through twenty-five years of openness and commitment. Juliene's heartfelt story reinforces the enduring bond of Christian marriage and the faithfulness of God to those who choose to trust his love.
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