Welcome to the blog tour for Reclaimed, hosted by Celebrate Lit! I am happy to welcome Stephanie Broersma to the blog today to talk about this helpful book!
Author: Stephanie Broersma
Genre: RELIGION / Christian Ministry / Counseling & Recovery
Release Date: August 21, 2019
Stephanie Broersma lived a charmed life . . . until the day she discovered a deleted online conversation between her husband and another woman. When confronted, he confessed to a ten-year addiction to pornography and multiple affairs. Yet even as her world crumbled, Stephanie refused to allow Satan to turn her marriage into another dismal statistic.
Reclaimed: Finding Your Identity after Marital Betrayal is Stephanie’s story—from revelation to reconciliation and all the pain and confusion in between. But it’s also a guide for those whose lives have turned upside down—a raw and honest look at the emotions, decisions, and difficulties women face in marital betrayal. It’s a collection of stories shared by real women, a journal with leading questions to help put words to feelings, and an encouraging compilation of Scripture verses to give strength to the weary.
Stephanie’s goal in sharing her story is that you will realize that you are not alone. That you are not without hope despite the chaos and pain around you. That you will find healing from the shame, anger, and brokenness that overwhelms you. That you will gain confidence as you rebuild trust and self-worth. And that you will walk out of this fire with your head held high, giving God the glory for the amazing, reclaimed story of your life.
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Stephanie Broersma is a living example of how God brings beauty from ashes in the lives of His children. Married since 2002, she and her husband, Tim, have walked through the valley of marital betrayal and come out the other side stronger, more in love, and fully devoted to Christ. She now heads Reclaimed Ministry, an organization that seeks to help other broken brides recover from the pain and devastation of marital infidelity. For more information or to find help, visit reclaimedministry.com.
Hello and welcome to A Baker’s Perspective! Let’s start with one of my favorite questions – what is your favorite Bible verse?
Habakkuk 3:19, “The Sovereign Lord is my strength. He makes me feet like the feet of a deer. He enables to go to the heights.”
What was your biggest hurdle in writing this?
The biggest hurdle in writing Reclaimed was myself. The self doubt of every word not being good enough for any reader weighed heavy on me. There was fear of what people might think about the details shared and the horror of family members reading the intimate parts of our healing journey. But in the end, the enemy lost and victory has been God’s as testimonies from women share about lives being changed, how my words gave them a voice and the simple thing of being seen has changed how women approach their betrayal journey. Success came when I got out of the way and let God do what He’s planned from the start when Tim and I said yes to sharing. From there, it’s been a humbling road to walk as we hear daily how Reclaimed has given them hope to keep fighting, to move forward and to know that they are loved by a King regardless of the outcome.
What do you want readers to gain from reading this?
My heart passion is for readers to walk away with a sense of wholeness understanding their identity is not wrapped up in the mistakes of their past or someone else that has affected their lives. Their identity is in Christ who offers hope and healing. My goal is for each reader to have a stronger relationship with God as they focus on Him through all the pain and confusion betrayal so often brings.
Favorite writing spot?
My favorite place to write is in one of our local coffee shops. Katz Coffee is a used book store with old wood floors, brick walls, and a familiar smell from thousands of pages between front and back covers. From floor to ceiling you’ll find every book imaginable. Katz Coffee also makes their own coffee beans so the aroma of caffeine is found anywhere you find to sit. My next favorite place to write is my prayer chair that sits at an angle looking outside into our green, spacious back yard. I often get lost in my own thoughts wrapped up in a blanket talking to God or listening to worship music.
What are you working on next?
I’d love to write a book about hope stories. Stories of women who have found God’s grace on this painful journey of life. Another project I feel honored to write about is my sweet sisters story, Hummingbird Kisses: A Sister’s Witness to a Warrior’s Journey. My older sister Traci battled with depression and suicidal thoughts then was diagnosed with breast cancer. In an odd way, the cancer saved her life, but ultimately took her home to Heaven ten years later after fighting with incredible faith and vigor everyday, through every treatment and surgery. If not for an audience, I feel called to write this for our kids so they always remember their Auntie.
Thank you so much for chatting with me today!
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To celebrate her tour, Stephanie is giving away a $250 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.