In Waiting For His Heart, Joy McClain recounts the joy of her wedding day, her husband's unexpected alcohol addiction, the difficulty of a legal separation and a glorious restoration that only God could accomplish.
I first heard a snippet of
Joy McClain's story as she was interviewed by a radio show host on
Moody Radio. When I received the opportunity to review McClain's
book, I eagerly accepted it. Reading her story was a bit different
that I had expected. Rather than straight autobiography, McClain
recounts certain events and times and then follows it up with a
“Learning Along the Way” section in which she gives practical
advice derived from her lessons learned.
Waiting For His Heart
is a well-written retelling of the author's struggles within her
marriage. However, I have some mixed feelings as far as recommending
this book. McClain has some excellent spiritual insights and
encouragement for a women with a marriage in crisis. Themes such as
learning to sacrificially love someone as Christ loved us and
learning that personal joy shouldn't be dependent on one's spouse are
wonderful lessons for any spouse. However, I would caution women in
crisis marriages about reading this book. McClain admits that she had
to go to professional counseling before she could see how she had
been enabling her husband's downward spiral and there is even a
disclaimer at one point that neither McClain nor the publisher intend
for readers to take the advice as counsel for their own situations.
It seems like it would be far too easy for a struggling wife to read
this and just think that she should stay in the situation and stick
it out until she gets a happy ending like McClain did.
You can read a free sample of Waiting For His Heart by Joy McClain on Amazon Kindle, Barnes&Noble Nook Book, and at Christian Book Distributors.
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