God hates divorce, yet He is not against separation as a temporary measure of mending differences. Experiencing a separation myself, I had first-hand encounters with attitudes, traditions, and misconceived philosophies in the church that bordered on condemnation rather than supporting restoration. A Christian and Separated uncovers these ingrained attitudes and beliefs in an effort to bring guidance, hope and encouragement to suffering marriages. It also urges a transformation of the position many Christians take when encountering a fellow believer struggling with a marital relationship. Although there are a lot of great books on Christian marriage, few come from the author's personal experience and fewer address the disparaging reaction from Christians towards fellow believers that are struggling with this issue. My prayer is that many will benefit from this work reflecting on my personal recovery experiences from the front seat of the marriage separation and divorce roller coaster.
Doug Cook has been a strongly devoted Christian since 1987 and a dedicated and seasoned bible teacher for over 10 years. He has a thorough knowledge of the bible and a vast amount of experience guiding other believers with focus and direction in their specific area of ministry. Doug's desire to support fellow believers spiritual growth drove him to begin a home church in 2002, which led to the establishment of Emerald Ministries in 2003, a ministry to ministries, focused on assisting other Christian organization with their start up, accounting, business acumen, and more importantly spiritual oversight and accountability. In 2004 he resigned his position at a large corporation to answer God's call to be in full time ministry. Later the same year he received his assignment from God to be an elder in the body of Christ with a call to a five fold ministry office.