4 out of 4 stars
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STUPID DIVORCE is a well thought and honest interpretation of divorce by a Christian writer; Vincent Fudge II’s, which illuminates a systemic thinking and meditative honesty.
The book is more of a guide to the complex structure of divorce process which is purely based on the author’s personal real life experiences.
In this short book, Vincent Fudge introduces Edward to readers who is sitting musingly in a chapel in disbelief that he is paying final respect to his ex-wife Ebony. He also introduces an old woman, his own mother and a young man at the funeral. These conversations constructed a gateway into a thoughtful inquiry about the events that led to dissolution of his marriage such as points of inflection, regrets, legal procedures, persistence of love and the implications of all these events.
This book majorly applies a systematic thinking as the author points out patterns and resonating categories. He clearly characterizes the behavior and reactions of separating people. He also points out the categories of marriage dissolution from the most contentious to the least. He is clear in legal systems handling divorce with a candid critique. When I was reading about this book, I was wondering why he chose the word STUPID for his book but later I learned that it is an acronym for Selfish, Time-consuming, Unnerving, Painful, Inconsiderate and Debt-inducing. He applies these categories to the events of his own divorce story. The book has unintended sadness: through his thoughtful, intelligent effort, he reveals himself through his ex-wife’s comments to improve his listening and thinking abilities occasionally.
The book is well written and meets its purpose as Fudge describes predominant patterns clearly helping readers to understand easily and connect with him. There is honesty and compassion which readers can tell when reading the book. He does not play victim nor make himself a hero, just an individual who is trying hard to understand and fix love. Neither does he make Ebony the evil one, thus making the reader understand everything in a human way. It is not easy to write about something as complex and sophisticated as divorce without resentment. The compelling and engaging contents encourage the readers to want to know what happens next. It is a well edited book, not too long to evoke boredom and not too short to leave readers in suspense. Therefore I rate this book 4 out of 4 starts because it is based on experience, honest, and well thought evaluation as Fudge guides readers through difficult divorce process without dishonoring himself nor his ex-wife.
This book is meant for adults as it contains love-and relationship issues which is not ideal for children.
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