Reviewed by Sarah McCubbin
On the outside, Juana appeared to have an ideal life. Along with a handsome husband, she had a new house, a great job with a good income and a fun life that most of us would perceive as ideal. But on the inside, she was desperately unhappy and so alone. None of the outward trappings mattered. She was miserable. Convinced that she had married the wrong man, she decided to abandon her marriage, hoping that at some point, she could find a guy that would really make her happy. In her book, Choosing Him All Over Again: A Story of Romance and Redemption, Juana Mikels tells her personal story of her shattered life and the events that eventually led to a full restoration of her relationship with her husband Terry.
In a day and age where divorce is common and acceptable, Juana’s journey of faith and healing stands out as a voice of hope in the darkness. Upon leaving her husband, Juana began to realize that there was more to her deep unhappiness. Something was missing in her life that no man could fill. As she shares the baby steps she took toward faith and a relationship with God, Juana uncovers some of the wrong thinking and lies she believed as her marriage crumbled. As time passed, several individuals and couples encouraged her to consider reconciling with her husband. But at this point, her husband was no longer interested. There was too much baggage and too much hurt. Full restoration would take great faith and perseverance as well as the hand of God and the prayers of many people on their behalf.
Initially, when I started reading Juana’s story, I was a little disappointed that it didn’t read like a romance. Parts of her deep reflection felt almost preachy as she contemplated the choices and thinking she made in her young marriage. However, as the story unfolded, it felt more like conversation with a friend. The practical advice she offers mixed with her story is applicable to marriage and many other struggles in life. As her relationship with the Lord grew, Juana realized that it needed to be more important than saving her marriage. As she humbly shares her own brokenness, it is woven together to offer tangible hope to anyone who is struggling with marriage, relationships or finding joy.
Sarah McCubbin is a homeschooling and foster mom in NE Ohio where she resides with her husband and 7 children. In addition to reading great books, she enjoys gardening, traveling and blogging at Living Unboxed.
Review copy was provided by Ambassador International. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.