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Alexander Victoria
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[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "The Broken House" by Burgess Mitchell and Dr. Lindsay Mitchell.]
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5 out of 5 stars
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Marriage, a divine institution, attracts the devil's attention, particularly when couples lack spiritual sensitivity. "The Broken House" by Burgess Mitchell and Dr. Lindsay Mitchell chronicles their troubled marriage, likening it to a dilapidated house they purchased. Dr. Lindsay, a medical doctor and lawyer, has a son from a prior relationship, while Burgess is a divorcee. Despite a quick marriage, their expectations were shattered, leading to separation. During this period, they found solace in God, resolved to reconcile, and embarked on rebuilding their relationship, learning invaluable lessons along the way.

The authors' transparency in portraying the challenges of their marriage is commendable, reflecting their courage to confront their issues openly. Identifying the roots of their problems was pivotal, revealing their tendency to blame each other without self-reflection. Dr. Lindsay's upbringing in a violent environment hindered her ability to submit to Burgess, who, in turn, struggled with her independence. Pre-marital counselling or therapy could mitigate such issues, emphasising the importance of addressing underlying concerns before marriage.

Additionally, the absence of Christ as the head of their home was evident, a common pitfall for many couples. While discussed during courtship, its implementation often falters post-marriage. Prioritising joint and individual prayer and Bible study is crucial for familial growth. The authors' experience attests to God's providence in acquiring and renovating their home, reinforcing the efficacy of prayer and surrendering to divine guidance. The disadvantage of talking to third parties about the happenings in your marriage was also emphasised. While you might forgive your partner and decide to move on, the people you talked to won't stop seeing your partner in that light.

Despite minor errors, the novel's brevity and substance make it a worthwhile read. It underscores the shared responsibility of both partners in maintaining a marriage and advocating for grace and resilience during crises. A perfect rating of 5 out of 5 stars reflects the book's poignant message: God restores broken homes, provided both individuals yield to His transformative power. Prayer remains an indispensable tool in family-building, reinforcing the adage, "A family that prays together stays together." At the end of every chapter, there are questions that couples can use as a means of self-reflection.

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The authors' transparency and willingness to confront their issues openly serve as an inspiration for couples facing similar struggles, emphasizing the transformative power of God's grace.
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