Saturday, March 20, 2010


Authors: Gary & Mona Shriver
Publisher: David C. Cook
November 2009
ISBN: 978-1-4347-6533-8
Genre: Inspirational/nonfiction

Your mate has been unfaithful. Or maybe it was your friend’s mate. Statistics show that one in every four marriages has been impacted by infidelity. Even if you haven’t personally experienced it, odds are great that you know someone who has.

Mr. and Mrs. Shriver maintain that adultery doesn’t necessarily mean an automatic death sentence for your marriage. They say that you can learn to trust again, that you can restore intimacy, and that you can build a relationship that you both will cherish.

Mr. Shriver had more than one affair approximately fifteen years ago, and when Mrs. Shriver discovered it, it, well, hurt. Talking through their emotional responses in this book in a raw and transparent manner, the Shrivers hope to help to hope hurting people recover.

This book was originally published in 2005, and this new version has information to help those who have experienced the betrayal of emotional affairs, and includes other real life stories.

UNFAITHFUL was to me quite hard to read, as I am very close to someone who caught their husband in what I would call an emotional affair—he was having cyber-sex. She was very tempted to leave her husband, but only decided to stay with him for the sake of the children. I’m not sure whether that was a good decision or a bad, but maybe the thoughts included in UNFAITHFUL will help this woman that I know in some fashion.

UNFAITHFUL is an ideal resource for small group studies, or support groups. This new edition also includes a recovery time-line from a couple’s perspective. $14.99. 285 pages.

Co-founders of Hope and Healing Ministries, a Christian peer support ministry for couples in adultery recovery, the Shrivers have seen countless broken marriages restored and transformed into intimate relationships built on love, respect, and trust. Unfaithful is a lifeline for couples with no hope in sight. It is also a useful resource for ministers, counselors, as well as friends and family of couples struggling to recover after a spouse has strayed.

“We can now say with absolute sincerity that we have fully healed from the adultery,” the Shrivers share. “Our marriage is strong and mutually satisfying. We have love and trust. And we can only encourage you with the fact that it is worth the journey.”

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