If you’re looking at the title of the book, and thinking to yourself, “I’ve never been left at the altar… there’s no need to read this book”, let me start by saying, “You’re wrong”.
Though the premise of the book is about being left at the altar, the underlining theme of the book is HEALING FROM REJECTION.
And as the author, Kimberly Kennedy, says it so truthfully, “Rejection is rejection, no matter how it happens.”
For her it happened in the church, but for many others it’s happened anywhere and everywhere. Throughout the book, she gives glimpses of others who have dealt with rejection, and how they have overcome those feelings of hurt and abandonment.
But more than lessons of hurt and rejection, this book was about learning how to have a relationship with God and trusting Him in every area of our lives. It’s about always putting Him first, no matter what situation or relationship we are in.
She also spends quite a lot of time on the topic of forgiveness, which again, is important in all aspect of our lives. There is a quote that I loved:
As long as you don’t forgive, who and whatever it is will occupy rent-free space in your mind.– Isabelle Holland
And ohhhh how true that is! Whether it’s a boyfriend/girlfriend, husband/wife, mother/father, sister/brother, or a friend who has deeply hurt you, if we are to truly move on and heal, we must learn to forgive.
At the end of the book, she gave a few lessons she learned throughout her healing process, which I found to be extremely wise. Overall, it was easy to read, which I enjoyed tremendously. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever felt rejected in their life (and if you never have, WHO are you?!?), but especially to all the ladies out there who have never quite healed 100% from that one encounter.
(And we’ve all have our one encounter.)