October 2008 Members’ Selection
Discussion: December 6, 2008
Book: Not Easily Broken
Author: T. D. Jakes
Review: December 6, 2008
Not Easily Broken written by T.D. Jakes is a story about how the journey of marriage can be tested with life’s’ challenges. Reading this novel will make you realize why it is so important to keep God in the midst of those trials. It is when we begin to loose site of what God had brought together, is when we give the devil an invitation to do what he does best, to kill, steal and destroy.
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
How does a marriage fall apart, and how does one go about saving it? Bestselling author T.D. Jakes (Woman, Thou Art Loosed!) puts those questions at the heart of his novel, which follows Dave and Clarice Johnson as they struggle to recover from a devastating car accident, which shattered Clarice’s leg. The physical recovery proves to be far simpler than healing their dissolving marriage: lack of communication and respect, along with divergent priorities, have slowly worn down their relationship. So when Julie, a physical therapist from their church, proves ready to admire and appreciate Dave, an innocent friendship turns into a serious temptation.
Are both Dave and Clarice willing to fight for their marriage? And should they? For Jakes, the answer to the second question is clearly yes. He captures the rapidity with which relationships can fall apart, along with the rigorous and painful healing process, which requires honest communication, self-denial and humility. The story is far from a fairy tale and at times too true to life to be readily enjoyable, but readers will find themselves attached to the characters. Jakes’s faith appears throughout the story in a gentle way, which should make this book appeal to both Christian and general market readers.
T. D. Jakes Bio
Bishop T.D. Jakes IS A QUINTESSENTIAL LEADER. Known for his service to the church and the global community, his heartfelt efforts have made worldwide impact. He is a man at the forefront of philanthropy, a best-selling author, and most of all a premier contemporary spiritual voice.
Bishop Jakes has global reach through missions around the world, record-breaking events, and weekly, with his diverse congregation at The Potter’s House, where he shares his message of hope, inspiration and God’s love with over 30 thousand members there in Dallas, Texas. The Dallas-Fort Worth community is also home to Clay Academy, the college preparatory school for leaders of the next generation; the Metroplex Economic Development Corporation, a resource for aspiring entrepreneurs; and Capella Park, a charming single-family housing development.
Having written over 30 books, Bishop Jakes is a New York Times best-selling author several times over!