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Monday, May 9, 2016

Asking God's Help in Reconciliation,

Separation, and Divorce


Jack H. Emmott
Genre: Religion / Spirituality / Devotional  Publisher: Outskirts Press Date of Publication: February 9, 2016 # of pages: 64

The power of asking God for help while struggling to save a marriage, separating, divorcing, or rebuilding life is the driving force behind Prayerful Passages:  Asking God’s Help in Reconciliation, Separation, and Divorce by Jack H. Emmott.  The fifty-six prayers are practical, touching on all shades of difficulty.  They are specific and short; accessible and comforting; inspiring and inspired.
In Prayerful Passages, Jack has opened the doors of comfort and healing to guide a Christian struggling with the anger, loss, and grief that inevitably arise during the separation, divorce, and reconciliation stages of a marriage in peril. Open the doors of your own heart to God’s grace and healing. These prayers will aid you in your journey.
In Prayerful Passages, Jack Emmott, with profound clarity, helps faithful people struggling in their marriage to find not only the words they need to pray, but also the Divine Presence and power they need in challenging life circumstances. -- Rev. Stuart Bates, Rector, St. Francis Episcopal Church, Houston
This book will make an ideal gift for a friend or family member going through divorce.  I wish the families I’ve seen in family court had been able to make their difficult passages with these prayers in their hearts and on their lips.  This book would have alleviated their anguish.-- Frank Rynd, J.D., Former Family Law Judge
A compelling sharing of compassion—this book shows the impact a prayerful, Christ-centered life can have on the human spirit.  What a powerful read . . . I was wowed by its wisdom. -- Larry R. Cook, CPA
All you have to do is open to the table of contents to see the brilliance of this wise voice that pushes us all to see the world as a more inclusive, loving place where we are all perfectly imperfect children of God. Jack offers his reader empathy, wisdom and redemption for the human spirit. Don’t miss the wisdom of a man who has lived into surrender at an early age as his polio left him trapped in an iron lung to survive. But, he didn’t just survive; he blossomed and thrives today, venerating the love of the Divine for all of us. This is a must-read for all of us who want to live more fully into our loving relationships.-- Micki Grimland, LCSW, Owner and Chief Psychotherapist, Southwest Psychotherapy Associates 

What makes Prayerful Passages: Asking God’s Help in Reconciliation, Separation, and Divorce appealing is the courage, calling and faith of its author Jack H. Emmott. In 1954, just as the Salk vaccine was entering massive medical trials, Jack was stricken with polio and paralyzed from the neck down.  With faith in God and selfless help from his parents, educators, healthcare providers, and later his wife Dorothy and his close-knit family, he became a successful lawyer, civic leader, volunteer, inspirational speaker, author, and song writer. Though today confined to a motorized wheelchair, he has long navigated as a full member of society.


As a member at Gray Reed & McGraw in Houston, Texas, with over thirty-five years working in family law, Jack primarily focuses on collaborative law, a resolution option for divorcing couples. In collaborative process, couples mutually agree to voluntary disclosure of relevant information, which is much faster and less expensive than formal discovery.  The children are protected and shared, not divided like property.

His life experience and abiding faith in God led Jack to write Prayerful Passages: Asking God’s Help in Reconciliation, Separation, and Divorce. Jack says, “The exact words of the title Prayerful Passages literally came to me one night during evening prayer. I felt, at that very moment, I had received an invitation from God to write a book of prayers to help others and to please the God who had always accompanied me in the darkness of disability.”


I love how the author gives his own testimony which draws readers to him. If you have been in a relationship that is going through tough times, it is easier to understand what another person is dealing with. I often hear people say " Oh I understand. I know exactly how you feel." But let's be honest , if you haven't experienced what they are going through you don't really understand their pain, hurt or senses of loss.

This book is filled with examples of how to pray specifically for your spouse and marriage among other topics. It is designed by chapter to target specific areas  that are specific to your needs. I appreciate that the author writes with grace and doesn't sound like he is forcing his beliefs on you. The prayers are powerful because they come from the heart.

It is easy to get discouraged when you feel that your prayers are not working, but God does hear us and He is working on our behalf. When we have been hurt by someone, it may be difficult to pray for them. Emmott does a great job in helping readers push past their hurt and pray for things like "Praying together as Parents," or "Prayer for God to Transform the Bad into Good." Using this book can be a tool to heal your brokenness and draw closer to God. God wants us to talk to Him and prayer is a way to communicate with Him. I find myself sometimes having trouble focusing when I pray. This book has specific prayers that for me help me stay focused without struggling on finding the words to say.

"In prayer, we get clarity from God's lips as to what we need to do or not do in relation to Him, ourselves, and to those around us, including our spouses and children. "

I received a copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours for an honest review.


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1 comment:

  1. Great review-- I agree that the prayers are powerful because they come from the author's heart.