Precious Heart-Broken Heart: Love & the Search for Finality in Divorce

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I chronicle the nature of grief peculiar to divorce in a personal manner through the lens of my experience and clinical understanding. I begin with love and end with love.

In Part One: I begin with the fantasy that turned into tragedy, and I use the analogy of a clock's mechanism to show the general nature and course of healthy grief – especially in divorce. I start with an analogy of the mechanical nature of something totally non-mechanical and fully metaphysical. A mainspring, fulcrum, lever, and pendulums show how inward and outward expressions of grief facilitate or impede healing.

In Part Two: the Black Forest Pathway – How Expression Unfolds – chapters III through XII, a few other analogies are used to chronicle the journey through grief, like the "Bay of Heartbrokenness," the "Bridge of Finality," and the "Wasteland." With these analogies and some liberty, I take the reader on a walk through the "Black Forest," observing the various trees that make up grief in the various stages of a divorce.

In Part Three: the Black Forest – What Helps Expression – chapters XIII and XV, I step back and view the Black Forest as a whole; that is, in comparison with and without diminishing the grief of death, I show the peculiar and greater pain of divorce.

All analogies have some weaknesses, and there is no pretension to having chronicled every aspect. Even these are but scribbles. But perhaps the pictures and journey will help a little. If anything, I hope for an increase in sensitivity toward those going through a divorce, for it can be the most traumatic and painful event in a person's life – indeed, life-changing.

For more information, go to www.preciousheart.net.

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AuthorHouse
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Jan 9, 2003
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192
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9781403375100
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English
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Family & Relationships / Divorce & Separation
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Michael G. Maness
As Maness so forcefully presents, religion is truly the greatest source for change in human history, and our staff chaplains facilitate that. Likewise, we came to see there would be little true cost savings, in that some staffer would have to take care religion in prison–it’s a right after all–and manage the good volunteers.

Jerry Madden, Senior Fellow

Right on Crime – RightonCrime.org

House Committee on Corrections Chairman 2011-12

It seemed like all was lost. . . . Dr. Keith Bellamy

Senior Minister, Woodville Church of Christ

TDCJ Certified Volunteer Chaplain 15-plus years

Take a ride through Maness’ book and learn firsthand about reducing crime, rehabilitating lives, making our streets safer, and bringing hope to the least, the last and the lost just like Jesus commanded. The chaplain of the prison brings hope and light in what can be a dark and stressful place, all the more reason we need them.

Carol S. Vance

Former Chairman, Texas Board of Criminal Justice

Harris County District Attorney 1966-79

Every TDCJ chaplain and every chaplaincy manager owe the existence of their jobs to the efforts of a few unique individuals who rallied many to seek help from Texas senators and representatives.

Frank Graham, Founder

Chapel of Hope.org

Politically, the TDCJ chaplaincy was doomed. God used the courage of one man to turn that situation around. Thank you, Chaplain Michael Maness, for preserving this magnificent piece of important religious history.

Dr. Paul W. Carlin, LBT, Ph. D.

TheMinistryChurch.org

Michael G. Maness
As Maness so forcefully presents, religion is truly the greatest source for change in human history, and our staff chaplains facilitate that. Likewise, we came to see there would be little true cost savings, in that some staffer would have to take care religion in prison–it’s a right after all–and manage the good volunteers.

Jerry Madden, Senior Fellow

Right on Crime – RightonCrime.org

House Committee on Corrections Chairman 2011-12

It seemed like all was lost. . . . Dr. Keith Bellamy

Senior Minister, Woodville Church of Christ

TDCJ Certified Volunteer Chaplain 15-plus years

Take a ride through Maness’ book and learn firsthand about reducing crime, rehabilitating lives, making our streets safer, and bringing hope to the least, the last and the lost just like Jesus commanded. The chaplain of the prison brings hope and light in what can be a dark and stressful place, all the more reason we need them.

Carol S. Vance

Former Chairman, Texas Board of Criminal Justice

Harris County District Attorney 1966-79

Every TDCJ chaplain and every chaplaincy manager owe the existence of their jobs to the efforts of a few unique individuals who rallied many to seek help from Texas senators and representatives.

Frank Graham, Founder

Chapel of Hope.org

Politically, the TDCJ chaplaincy was doomed. God used the courage of one man to turn that situation around. Thank you, Chaplain Michael Maness, for preserving this magnificent piece of important religious history.

Dr. Paul W. Carlin, LBT, Ph. D.

TheMinistryChurch.org

Michael G. Maness
Maness grew up in Southern California and migrated to Texas in 1972. After a short stint in the U.S. Air Force, Maness earned a B.A with a double major in Bible and Counseling at the Criswell Bible College from 1978 to 1985. This was a time of dire poverty and much struggle. He went on to earn a M.Div. with languages from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth in 1990, 1,600 hours of clinical from the Association of Clinical Pastoral Education at Shannon Hospital in San Angelo in 1992, became certified as a Suicide/Crisis Intervention Counselor for MHMR in the Concho Valley in 1991, and a D.Min. from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary in 1997. He has received specialized training with the Texas Dept. of Human Services in Child Protective Services and with Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) in Cultural Diversity, Safe Prisons crisis intervention program, and in TDCJ’s Post Trauma Staff Support team. He has traveled throughout the United States and to several countries including Belgium, Israel, Egypt, Jordan, and Syria. He is the Senior Clinical Chaplain at the Gib Lewis Texas State Prison and a Certified Correctional Chaplain with the American Correctional Chaplains Association. He is also a member of the American Correctional Association, Lions Club International, the Evangelical Theological Society, and several other state and national organizations. He has written on a large variety of topics, both published and unpublished, and much of the work of his pen can be seen at his web site: www.PreciousHeart.net His interests focus on matters that affect the heart...the precious heart.
Michael G. Maness
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