About the 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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About the Author
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.
More from Stephanie
FUN FACTS about the book and Stephanie:
– In keeping identities private, Stephanie had to come up with a system to replace names when sharing stories from other women. She replaced the names with cast members from her favorite TV series, The Office.
– Stephanie has walked in two Susan G. Women 3 Day breast cancer walks and has ran in races with distances from 5k-50k.
– Her goal is to run a race in every state by the age of 50. She’s welcome to invitations and races with causes.
“Reclaimed is here to walk you through your season of brokenness. To support you with authentic tools and scripture based guidance that supports you and meets you exactly where you are. My name is Stephanie and I also have come from a place of dark despair. I created these materials to guide you on the path to wholeness and living a redeemed identity.
If your husband has had an affair… if pornography or sexual addiction has hurt your marriage… if you have discovered an emotional affair… then this message is for you.
The problem is most women don’t know where to go for help when they discover an affair. Many will get counseling. Some will talk to close friends and family. Many will hide and pretend everything is fine. But none of that brings about the healing we need.
- We need to connect with a community that understands what we are going through.
- We need to discover the healing available through Jesus Christ.
- We need a life that doesn’t feel out of control.
What happens if you don’t find healing? If you just keep doing what you have been doing? You remain stuck in brokenness and shame and may even continue enabling the same patterns of abuse.
My heart is for you to
- Find your true identity
- Develop confidence
- Learn to love again”
Mindy Houng’s Q&A with Stephanie Broersma
- What does success as an author look like to you?
When I consider what success as an author looks like, I instantly think about the hands that purchased the book and flipped page by page as the reader takes in every word written. Success is not about how much money one makes or the potential fame that could be had; success is about making a difference in one readers life. For me, if I can reach one reader, if my message of hope and healing can encourage a single woman experiencing betrayal to fight for one more day, take a step and get out of bed or perhaps tell herself that she’s enough – worth it. That is success.
- Is there a specific person or experience in your life that prompted you to begin writing? Describe it.
Reclaimed: Finding Your Identity after Marital Betrayal was written out of a place of brokenness that God had redeemed and gave voice to my testimony. After two years of intentionally focusing on repairing our messy marriage, my husband and I were asked to film our testimonies which eventually led to The 700 Club airing our story twice on their show. From there, women began calling, emailing and asking to meet for coffee so they could share their journey with me. This begin a year of encouraging, supporting and praying for many women. At the end of a year, the women started questioning me as to why I hadn’t started a support group or wrote something for them to read. A seed that God planted started to mature and has now matured into the 30 Day Journey along with our Reclaimed Small Group Guides.
- Describe your writing process. Is it regimented schedule, or does it shift?
My husband and I have 4 kids. As much as we try to, nothing is regimented and more often is a moving, always changing type of busy family schedule. I’ve learned to be very flexible and patient as parenting, family dynamics and careers consistently shift. When I do have focused writing time, you’ll find me wrapped in a blanket in my prayer chair or at our local used bookstore with a fresh cup of coffee in hand. Somedays I wrote for 6 hours and others it was thirty minutes here, switch out the laundry, make lunch, attempt nap time and crank out another hour if I was lucky to get that. God has given me an extremely supportive family that sees the importance of this message reaching all corners of the world allowing me to have the needed hours to meet deadlines. I’m so blessed by each one of them.
- Who do you believe your audience is?
When I wrote Reclaimed, I pictured the woman who just discovered her husband’s infidelity in their marriage. I wrote to her broken spirit, the cord of trust that was just shattered and to her identity, that I know from experience, is now in question. I also wrote to the women who have been divorced as a result of betrayal and still can’t find their footing. The audience is broad but yet very focused. Reclaimed is for any woman who has experienced sexual betrayal within her relationship and is seeking to find wholeness through Christ. Many readers have also read this with their spouse using the Reclaimed Reflection as conversation starters as they restore their marriage.
Thank you Stephanie for letting us get to know you better!
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To celebrate her tour, Stephanie is giving away a $250 Amazon gift card and a signed copy of the book!!
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