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A Time to Mend

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An unopened gift. A broken vow. A tragic fire. Sometimes there are wounds that even time can't heal.

Max and Claire Beaumont seem to have the perfect marriage. They live in a beautiful home, have four wonderful children and everything else that success and money can buy. Yet beneath this picture-perfect exterior, Claire's life is falling apart. She can no longer hold her peace and keep up appearances.

After all the silent years, she must speak the truth.

As their lives unravel, deep needs and even deeper hurts are revealed. Not only the wounds between husband and wife, but family wounds as well. Will this time of soul-searching and conflict bring them closer together--or tear their marriage apart?

It's a strange irony to leave home in search of a safe harbor. Yet that is often where the journey begins . . . especially when it is time to mend.

A Time to Mend is the first novel in the Safe Harbor series. Drawing on the insights of best-selling marriage expert Gary Smalley, the series explores the joys and struggles of marriage, family, and faith.

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. The series title--Safe Harbors--refers to the overall series theme: People need relationships in which they feel completely safe, emotionally as well as physically. What do you think a safe harbor looks like? What doesn't one look like? Do you have one?
  2. Why does Claire leave Max? Why now and not sooner? Is it a conscious decision? What's not right between them?
  3. Discuss the aftermath of her actions on herself and on others (Max, their children, his parents).
  4. Claire has stepped into a season of "tearing." It precedes one of "mending." (Ecclesiastes 3:7) As her life falls apart, deep needs and deep wounds are revealed. She must address these issues before she can move forward in her relationship with Max. What are those needs and hurts? How are those needs filled and wounds healed?
  5. Have you experienced seasons of "tearing" and "mending?"
  6. How do you relate emotionally to the women? Claire, her marriage, her loss of self? Indio and her regrets as a mother? Jenna trying to define her role as wife? Mother/daughter/in-law relationships?
  7. Eventually Max's wounds are also revealed. Discuss the hurts that stem from situations with his parents and his brother. How has he coped with them in the past? Why is he able to "go there" at this point in his life?
  8. In what ways have Max and Claire built walls between each other? How have these prevented them from creating emotional safety within their marriage?
  9. Claire wants to be first in Max's life. When he finally "gets it" and sells the business, why can't she receive this, his supreme act of love? What happens that allows her to receive it?
  10. In what ways have you been unable to receive love or forgiveness?
  11. What role does faith play in the lives of Claire and Max? It is mentioned that they turned to God early in their marriage. Why did they? What do you imagine happened between then and the time the story opens? How does their faith take on new dimensions by the end of the story?
  12. What signs do you see in Erik, Jenna, Danny, and Lexi that they have been impacted negatively by their parents?

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A Time to Mend, Sally John

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An unopened gift. A broken vow. A tragic fire. Sometimes there are wounds that even time can't heal.

Max and Claire Beaumont seem to have the perfect marriage. They live in a beautiful home, have four wonderful children and everything else that success and money can buy. Yet beneath this picture-perfect exterior, Claire's life is falling apart. She can no longer hold her peace and keep up appearances.

After all the silent years, she must speak the truth.

As their lives unravel, deep needs and even deeper hurts are revealed. Not only the wounds between husband and wife, but family wounds as well. Will this time of soul-searching and conflict bring them closer together--or tear their marriage apart?

It's a strange irony to leave home in search of a safe harbor. Yet that is often where the journey begins . . . especially when it is time to mend.

A Time to Mend is the first novel in the Safe Harbor series. Drawing on the insights of best-selling marriage expert Gary Smalley, the series explores the joys and struggles of marriage, family, and faith.

More Information

Length 402 Pages
Series Safe Harbor
Publication Date January 8, 2008
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 0849918898
ISBN-13 9780849918896
Height 8.3"
Width 5.4"