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I Do Again

How We Found a Second Chance at Our Marriage -- and You Can Too

by Cheryl & Jeff Scruggs


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I Do Again

How We Found a Second Chance at Marriage -- and You Can Too

by Cheryl and Jeff Scruggs

Review posted March 8, 2010.
Waterbrook Press, 2008. 193 pages.
Starred Review
Sonderbooks Stand-out 2009: #3 Nonfiction: True Stories

This book tells the story of a marriage that seemed hopelessly broken. Cheryl had an affair and divorced Jeff. But by a miracle of God, their marriage was restored seven years later, better than ever before.

The authors put it this way:

This book is about the end of a marriage -- about betrayal, disappointment, anger, and wrestling with God. But it's also about how we found a new definition of happily ever after.

The book is intended as a message of hope, that God can do amazing things, and heal seemingly impossible breaches.

The authors now counsel married couples having difficulties, and I found their words encouraging. They say,

We want people to be healed, and we want marriages to be healed. That's what we pray for all the time. But we don't know God's plans for every couple. Our experience has taught us that God can redeem anything, so we never give up on anyone. But regardless of which direction they go, we let them know that we love them and support them and that God loves them no matter what. If you are in this circumstance, we'd advise you to keep yourself and your children safe, diligently seek the Lord through prayer and Scripture study, obtain godly counsel, and do your best to follow God's leading based on your understanding of him. Never forget that God loves you and he will never withhold his love even if you make a mistake.

It's so nice to hear this kind of story, for a change.