Review: PRAYERFUL PASSAGES by Jack H. Emmott

Asking God’s Help in Reconciliation,
Separation, and Divorce
Jack H. Emmott
Genre: Religion / Spirituality / Devotional 
Publisher: Outskirts Press
Date of Publication: February 9, 2016
# of pages: 64
The power of asking God for help while struggling to save a marriage, separating, divorcing, or rebuilding life is the driving force behind Prayerful Passages CoverPrayerful Passages:  Asking God’s Help in Reconciliation, Separation, and Divorce by Jack H. Emmott.  The fifty-six prayers are practical, touching on all shades of difficulty.  They are specific and short; accessible and comforting; inspiring and inspired.
In Prayerful Passages, Jack has opened the doors of comfort and healing to guide a Christian struggling with the anger, loss, and grief that inevitably arise during the separation, divorce, and reconciliation stages of a marriage in peril. Open the doors of your own heart to God’s grace and healing. These prayers will aid you in your journey.
A Helpful Little Book
I went through a messy divorce about seven years ago.  I was sad, angry, frustrated, and on the verge of completely losing my faith.  I prayed daily for help and intervention.  But I struggled, because, outside of the prayers I had memorized as a child, I really didn’t understand HOW to pray.
PRAYERFUL PASSAGES is a great answer to that problem.  What a helpful little book!  And even now, in my post-divorce dealings with my ex-spouse about our child, I find these short prayers applicable and useful.  I’ll be keeping this one in the nightstand for those nights when I’m frustrated with my day, and needing some prayerful time in a “still, quiet place.”
I recommend this book to Christian couples dealing with marital struggles, together or separated, and to those in the midst or aftermath of divorce. Sometimes, it just helps to have a little guidance on the HOW, when it comes to prayer.
What makes Prayerful Passages: Asking God’s Help in Reconciliation, Separation, and Divorce appealing is the courage, calling and faith of its author Jack H. Emmott. In 1954, just as the Salk vaccine was entering massive medical trials, Jack was stricken with polio and paralyzed from the neck down.  With faith in God and selfless help from his parents, educators, healthcare providers, and later his wife Dorothy and his close-knit family, he became a successful lawyer, civic leader, volunteer, inspirational speaker, author, and song writer. Though today confined to a motorized wheelchair, he has long navigated as a full member of society.
As a member at Gray Reed & McGraw in Houston, Texas, with over thirty-five years working in family law, Jack primarily focuses on collaborative law, a resolution option for divorcing couples. In collaborative process, couples mutually agree to voluntary disclosure of relevant information, which is much faster and less expensive than formal discovery.  The children are protected and shared, not divided like property.

His life experience and abiding faith in God led Jack to write Prayerful Passages: Asking God’s Help in Reconciliation, Separation, and Divorce. Jack says, “The exact words of the title Prayerful Passages literally came to me one night during evening prayer. I felt, at that very moment, I had received an invitation from God to write a book of prayers to help others and to please the God who had always accompanied me in the darkness of disability.”

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