Left at the Altar: My Story of Hope and Healing for Every Woman Who Has Felt the Heartbreak of Rejection

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Fascinatingly insightful and hopeful page-turning account of one woman's encounter with ultimate rejection.

TV journalist Kimberley Kennedy went from having it all to complete devastation, rejection, and public humiliation when, like a Lifetime moviescenario, her fiance literally left her at the altar. Fortunately, her story did not end at the church. With candor and humor, Kimberley shares the most personal details of her life as she journeys from devastation to a deeper ...

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Overview

Fascinatingly insightful and hopeful page-turning account of one woman's encounter with ultimate rejection.

TV journalist Kimberley Kennedy went from having it all to complete devastation, rejection, and public humiliation when, like a Lifetime moviescenario, her fiance literally left her at the altar. Fortunately, her story did not end at the church. With candor and humor, Kimberley shares the most personal details of her life as she journeys from devastation to a deeper understanding of what happened and how she found not only healing but hope to someday find her Mr. Right.

The intimate woman-to-woman inspirational journey includes:

  • Stories of women who were left at the altar
  • How to deal with feelings of anger towards God
  • The little black dress analogy
  • How not to let your rejection define who you become
  • Tools for healing and moving on
  • How to laugh, love again, and return to dating
  • Ultimate insight from men who have been rejectors
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785228783
  • Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/17/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 981,240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberley Kennedy is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer, writer, andhost ofa weekly newsmagazine show airing in Atlanta, Orlando, and Charlotte. A former news anchor in Dallas and Atlanta, Kimberley enjoys public speaking and is active with nonprofit boards.
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  • Posted March 1, 2011

    Must Read - especially if you are going through a breakup!

    Left at the Altar by Kimberley Kennedy was not at all the book that I expected it to be. I honestly expected it to be a book about women who had been left at the altar and their journey to move past that horrific experience. Instead I found it to be a book that every female who has been through a rough breakup should read. Kimberley uses her own heartbreaking story to share how it is possible to get over a past love, even if that love has left you at the altar. Towards the end of the book, Kimberley gives the reader a list of tools for healing, followed by a list of tools for moving on. These lists really put into perspective and summarized what Kimberley had been telling the reader throughout the entire book.

    Tools for Healing
    1. Know that God cares.
    2. Realize it is ok to mourn.
    3. Allow family and friends to comfort you.
    4. Don't mourn too long.
    5. Focus on the truth.
    6. Don't waste valuable time plotting ways to get him back.
    7. Get back into your routine quickly.
    8. Find a godly counselor.
    9. Stay in constant contact with God.
    10. Turn off the deceiver's voice.

    Tools for Moving On
    1. Get into a good women's Bible study or small group.
    2. Lose the fear.
    3. Don't talk about your rejection when you do start dating.
    4. Realize that you will inevitable compare every man who comes along to the who who rejected you.
    5. Don't make it a priority or become obsessed with replacing that person who rejected you.
    6. Develop patience.
    7. Beware of loneliness.
    8. Continue to reject the deceiver's lies.
    9. Realize that you may very well be rejected again.
    10. Allow God to reveal to you the exciting plan that he has in store for you.

    All lists from Left at the Altar by Kimberley Kennedy pages 138-149

    I found these two lists to be the most important things that I took from the book because although I am currently in a stable relationship with a very loving guy, I wish I had known some of these things when I did go through some very rough breakups. Like Kimberley there were times when I thought that God was playing games with me and that he never wanted me to be happy because well if he wanted me to be happy then there is no way he would let me feel the pain that I felt throughout some of my breakups, especially one in particular.

    I would definitely recommend this book to all of my female friends and would also recommend it to anyone who is currently going through a break up because it reminds us that it is important to not lose faith and to trust that God did not want your relationship to work out for a reason even if you don't quite understand it at the time.

    Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book to review from Booksneeze

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2011

    Good easy read. Personal.

    Left at the Altar is very well-written. It's almost as if you are sitting in a crowd and listening to Kimberley Kennedy speak to the group, and to you personally. It's the type of wisdom you want to get from a close friend or mentor but never do. As humans we like to learn of other people's lives - to peer into them.

    I read Left at the Altar in one weekend. Like a voyeur. It is an easy read and meant to comfort you in knowing life will continue.

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    Heartfelt Heartbreak and finding Hope again. A must Read!

    Left at the Altar by Kimberley Kennedy. This book was a wonderfully heartfelt book written by Kimberley's own rejection. Kimberley had everything going for her big time news Anchor position and ready to marry the love of her life. Then to have it all come crumbling down right before she said I do. It took months before she realized after her terrible heartbreak that there is life again. In this book you will find many compelling stories of rejection and fear of being lonely and unloved by others who have been in a similar situation. Many think that being left at the altar can be life shattering but Kimberley guides and shows us all about hope, healing and forgiveness. Kimberley uses Bible verses as a way to show women how a relationship with Christ should be the central matter in their lives. I really enjoyed how honest and real she was in the telling of her story, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down. I would highly recommend this book to someone who has been through the same situation or similar. I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

    Left at The Altar

    Left at The Altar by Kimberly Kennedy is a very motivational and inspiring book. It encourages us to move on and teaches us how to forgive those who wronged us. This book also guide you in letting go the bad things in life in order to move forward.

    This is a very good book. Initially I thought it's a fiction, but I was wrong. This self-help book comes from the author's own life experience. She was left at the altar, and she taught us how to deal with the humiliation and all sort of negative emotion that comes from being rejected.

    I highly recommend this book to those who are feeling lost and have no will to move forward, for tghis book definitely teaches you how to live life to the fullest with regrets free.

    I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    A book for the rejected woman by a rejected woman.

    Death, taxes, and rejection are the only certain things in this life.  I don't think there is any quite as devastating as rejection.  The author thinks so as well.  The author helps the reader learn to deal with rejection by recounting her own painful rejection story.  She was left at the altar.  Her fiancé broke of their engagement at the rehearsal. 

        Probably the worst things about this rejection is that the author is a public figure- an anchor woman.  Whereas many of us deal with rejection privately, the author had to deal with her rejection being played out across the media.  Fortunately for her, she had universal sympathy. 

        Recovering from rejection is almost like grieving a death.  The author tells the reader that rejection can be a good thing.  Not only did she learn some valuable things, she realized that had she married her fiancé it would have been a really bad thing.

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  • Posted February 6, 2011

    Healing for the broken heart

    Left At The Altar by Kimberley Kennedy is a book for the broken, by the broken. She was ready to marry the perfect man, when the night of their rehearsal he spoke five words that changed her life. I just can't do it. Kimberley Kennedy has used this experience to write a book to people in the middle of their healing. If you have recently broken up with someone, are divorced, or just do not know how to move on, you'll want to read this book.

    The author first states that as in death, grief is normal. She takes the reader through the Five Stages of Grief, stressing that God has never left you. The most powerful sentence of this book is the following statement. " I have come to the conclusion that there are three players driving is in the events of our lives: us (our own self-will), the deceiver, and God." If only we would remember before we decide! She also provides ten tools for healing and tools for moving on. It is evident, that at the writing of her book, she was not completely over the hurt. Also, she provides a wealth of stories of those who have also gone through this experience, which shows the reader that they are not alone.

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  • Posted February 2, 2011

    Well written from the heart

    TV personality, Kimberley Kennedy, went from having it all to having nothing at all in just a few short minutes. Her fiancée was late for their rehearsal and while nothing was unusually about him being late she knew when she saw him that he world was going to turn upside down. She was not only going to have to heal from this but do it in front of the whole world. This well written book walks us through not only Kennedy's story of recovery but other women's as well. For me it was very interesting to see another book I have read, while it was for a college course, come up in this book. I need really connected that being left at the alter would be like going through the process of death. The concepts from, On Death and Dying, follow very closely to recovering from a heart break. I was touched with Kennedy's honesty and openness to discuss even the most personal parts of her recovery and forgiveness of herself and God. I found it very interesting that while most women would either blame themselves or the man who left them, Kennedy blamed God. There sure was a process for her to move from this to letting God take over her life. While there are hard topics in this book, I also felt that there was a sense of humor written in as well. While I am happy to say that I have been married for 10 years, there were things that even I needed to hear from this book. I would recommend this book to any woman who has ever had her heart broken or just feels alone in this world.

    I was provided this book to review by BookSneeze my opinions are my own

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  • Posted January 28, 2011

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    Great Read for Hard Times in Life

    This book would be great to read if you are going through a sad/heartbreaking journey BUT this is NOT for someone who just wants a book to read. I am sure if I were going through a death of someone close or being left at the altar this would be a great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2011

    A great book

    Kimberley Kennedy is a media personality who works in the Atlanta area and is set to marry her fiancee Lew. As they are preparing for their wedding at the rehearsal, Lew shared that he could not marry Kimberley. Kimberley tells her story of rejection, and the anger she felt toward God after her relationship fell apart. She uses Bible verses as a way to show women how a relationship with Christ should be the central matter in their lives. I really enjoyed how honest and real she was in the telling of her story, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down.
    A wonderful book that I tell everyone to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2011

    Left at the Altar

    Left at the Altar: My Story of Hope and Healing for Every Woman Who Has Felt the Heartbreak of Rejection by Kimberley Kennedy was the most recent book I read. Although I am not married or engaged, I thought it might be an interesting read for the mere fact that at some point in life, everyone has felt some type of rejection, be it from a relationship, friends, or even family. I can honestly say I enjoyed this book, and I would recommend it to others, married or not.

    Kimberley Kennedy is a media personality who works in the Atlanta area and is set to marry her fiancee Lew. As they are preparing for their wedding at the rehearsal, Lew shared that he could not marry Kimberley. Kimberley tells her story of rejection, and the anger she felt toward God after her relationship fell apart. She uses Bible verses as a way to show women how a relationship with Christ should be the central matter in their lives. I really enjoyed how honest and real she was in the telling of her story, and I found myself not wanting to put the book down.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2010

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    Great Buy!

    This book is perfect for any woman who has ever felt rejected. It shows you are not alone in this struggle and how you can learn to overcome it. This should be on every woman's book shelf.

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