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Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made In My Darkest Hour
Why I Stayed The Choices I Made In My Darkest Hour
Author: Gayle Haggard (Author), Angela Elwell Hunt (Contributor
?Evangelical Leader Denies Accusation of Paying Former Gay Prostitute for Sex? — ?Amid Allegations, Haggard Steps Aside? — ?Haggard Admits ?Sexual Immorality?? — Gayle Haggard never imagined she would be reading these headlines about her husband, Ted. She couldn?t believe her ears when she heard a man on the radio accuse Ted of using illegal drugs ...  more »
ISBN: 264136
Publication Date: 1/26/2010
Pages: 368
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Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Book Type: Hardcover
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Gayle describes the scandal from her point of view in detail. She then walks the reader through the steps she took to choose love and forgiveness for Ted, and why she made this choice; of course, the decision itself was a process, not a one time event. She describes how they submitted themselves to God to both suffer the consequences of Ted's sin, which were many. (By choosing to stay with Ted, Gayle suffered, unfairly, as well.) She writes candidly of their painful isolation from their church family and the reasons behind it.

Through it all, she writes how she wanted to be an example of Christ's love and forgiveness. She asked herself, "Who are you going to be in this story? How are you going to be honorable?" She writes that "love isn't a feeling, it's a choice--a choice we make ever day, sometimes every hour" and she shares how she did this. This is the true beauty and value of the book, not the details of a scandal, but the unusual choice that Gayle made, how she took control and made a counter-cultural choice that empowered both her and her family.


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