Some of you may not recall (or may not know) that my first non-medical book was The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse, written after the death of my first wife, Cynthia. This book has been out for a decade now, and I'm pleased that it continues to minister to those who have sustained a loss--not just spouses, but family members and friends, also.
Now I've been invited by the publisher to consider making changes to be incorporated in a second edition of this book. My initial reaction was that one of the things that made this book such a success was the fact that it was taken from journaling done shortly after Cynthia's death. When I tried to polish it up and make my emotions and decisions "prettier," it wasn't what I wanted. Only after I decided to make myself vulnerable and write what I felt and did at the time did the book begin to take its final shape.
Kay, the woman with whose love God has once more blessed me, agreed with me that the original book should stand, but perhaps I should add to it. Specifically, she suggested another chapter, one written from my current perspective (more than a decade after our marriage) dealing not just with the possibility of God's provision of another mate (this is covered at the end of the current book), but with the blessings and challenges of a blended family.
For those who haven't read the book and wish to see what the original content is, follow this link, click the "look inside" button, and read the table of contents. What do you think? Would the addition of a chapter about a blended family add to the usefulness of the book, or detract from it? I look forward to hearing from you.
And if you'd like a signed copy of The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse for yourself, a friend or relative, or your church library, leave a comment plus your email address. I'll choose one at random and send out the book. The winner will be notified in a week.
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