The matter of marriage and divorce has become sensitive, emotive, and even controversial. Married couples who experience tension in their relationship need all the help they can get to weather the storms of humanism, selfishness and hedonism which have all contributed to the havoc which have led to the unfortunate dissolution of far too many marriages. Words in season from every possible source are necessary to stem the tide of marital failure. Here, with deep insight and careful pastoral sensitivity, Martin Holdt brings clear and practical teaching from the Bible on the topic.
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Martin Holdt was born in South Africa and has travelled to many parts of the world to speak at various conferences. He is involved in organizing one of the major conferences for ministers in South Africa. In his 41 years in the ministry, he has planted four churches and been pastor of four others. He lectures regularly at a Bible School and has done the same in two seminaries in South Africa. He has also been a regular speaker on a national Christian radio station for over 25 years. He is married to Elsabe and has five children and seven grand-children.Review:
Divorce has become one of the tragedies of our times and needs to be faced with realism and honesty. In this superb booklet Martin Holdt has done precisely that, writing with a pastors heart and an unflinching adherence to biblical principles. Here is a straightforward resource crammed with clear, practical and spiritual counsel. I know of nothing better.' John Blanchard, Author, Apologist and Evangelist 'Most booklets on divorce are theological treatises on the Scriptural grounds for divorce and remarriage. This booklet is refreshingly different, for it is a pastoral and practical appeal to married couples to resolve the problems leading to divorce for the sake of God and the children, as well as advice on how to cope with separation, should it occur. Thoroughly biblical and lovingly written, it will under God be a valuable tool for pastors to give to all who are thinking of or struggling with divorce.' Brian A Russell, Virginia, USA, Author and retired Baptist pastor, having served churches in South Africa, Zimbabwe and the USA Divorce is one of the one or two most painful things we human beings can go through. For your spouse to tell you that having lived with you and gotten to know you they now do not want to live with you and know you intimately any longer must be one of lifes deepest hurts. To enter into the bond of marriage with stars in your eyes only to have it become sand in your eyes brings deep misery, guilt, depression, self-pity, recrimination, bitterness, loneliness and isolation. Having said that, the life of divorced people is made worse because there is much bad counsel given to hurting divorced people. That is why Martin Holdts booklet is such a gem. Despite its small size, it packs a wallop of wholesome, healing medicine to those who will drink deeply from it. Martin is a sensitive guide to hurting, sin-sick people. He is this because he is primarily a Bible manone who knows the God of the Bible and his Son, Jesus Christ, and the life-giving, healing remedies God has for his people. While not condemning, Martin is not sugar-coating the problems and neither does he ignore bad medicines. Rather Martin gives old but untried, true but ignored counsel from Gods Word which is balm for the soul. In a phrase, try it, you will like it, and it will heal your soul. Steve Martin, Pastor, Heritage Church, Fayetteville, GA, Trustee of the INSTITUTE OF REFORMED BAPTIST STUDIES at Westminster Seminary, California ...trenchantly biblical, fervently compassionate, thoroughly sensible. Pastor Holdt so deftly combines realism and hope in this treatment of divorce. Dale Ralph Davis, former Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS, Minister at Woodland Presbyterian Church, Hattiesburg, Mississippi Finally, here is a biblical, succinct, practical, pastoral treatment of the painful subject of divorceshowing its tragedy, expounding its reasons, and unveiling how to respond to it and cope with it. Martin Holdt provides invaluable advice in relation to divorce for married people, those contemplating divorce, divorcees and their children, the remarried, and the church. Joel R Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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