“You’ll be making a huge mistake if you leave the covering and protection of your husband,” Linda’s Christian counselor declared. “If you divorce your husband, Satan wins.” Linda’s memoir, God, the Devil, and Divorce, builds to this moment when she finally realizes she knows who God is and what she has to do. At age fifty-five, with no idea how she will support myself, she decides to leave her crazymaking husband and trust God for her provision.
Her pain is crushing when she discovers her husband of twenty-five years has secretly re-married within a month of their divorce. Certain conservative Christians condemn her for divorcing. But when she reflects on her journey from my childhood home in Tigard, Oregon, to New Mexico, to California, to Bend, Oregon, and finally back to Tigard, she sees the Lord’s hand and she leans on Him.
Her road to recovery is bumpy and sometimes hilarious as she begins dating. She takes up ballroom dancing and meets a man with a twinkle in his eye. Their wedding is in her home church. Her Alzheimer’s-affected mother dances down the aisle behind them during the recession to the tune of “This Will Be (An Everlasting Love).”
Linda M Kurth is an author of both adult and children’s books. She publishes a blog, Help and Healing for Divorced Christians, where she shares aspects of divorce from a Christian perspective and advocates for the healing of divorced people within the church.
Linda also publishes “Life Lessons I’ve Learned,” a series of eBooklets found on Amazon. Her career romance, Home of the Heart (Avalon) is now available as an ebook. She and her husband of fifteen years have settled in western Washington State where she enjoys maintaining a large garden and encouraging wild bird visits.