Book Review: Left At The Altar, by Kimberley Kennedy
“Lew was late, but then he was always late, so I wasn’t really concerned until a few minutes later when his sister came in. In stark contrast to the happy people who had already arrived, she was pale and obviously shaken. She came up to me and said that Lew needed to see me…and in that moment I knew.”
If your fiancé dumps you the night before your wedding, is it possible to heal from the pain of that rejection? Kimberley Kennedy writes her personal story as a beacon of hope to all women who have experienced rejection in any form. She deals with the need to grieve your rejection, and she includes helpful information about the five stages of grief, as well as a grief chart, to help you to see where you are at in your grieving.
The thing that I like the most about this book is how it isn’t a manifesto about what a jerk her ex-fiancé is, but rather she fully owns her part in her engagement ending at the altar. Kimberley explores issues like control, and losing your identity in relationships—two things that I’ve personally struggled with—and how it is important not to let rejection define who you become.
This book is written in a transparent, easy-to-read way. The reader can tell that Kimberley was badly hurt, and still hurts, at times. She writes of her anger at God, and how He lead her, gently, into a healing relationship with Him. Kimberley points to God as the reason she survived her rejection, and writes of how she was ultimately thankful for the pain because it brought her closer to Him.
She wraps up her book with some feedback from men regarding their perspective on why they rejected women they were in relationships with. This information may surprise you.
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