Why does divorce cause so much strain and long-term distress for children of all ages? Andrew Root, a recognized authority on youth ministry and a child of divorce himself, explains that divorce causes children to question their core identity. Since a child is the product of the union of a mother and father, when that union ends, he or she experiences a baffling sense of loss of selfa loss of his or her very sense of being. Root redirects efforts for assisting children of divorce to first address this fundamental experience.
This unique book examines the impact of divorce not only from a theological and spiritual perspective but also from a young person's perspective. It will benefit those who have experienced divorce and those who minister to children of divorce.
About the Author
Andrew Root (PhD, Princeton Theological Seminary) is associate professor of youth and family ministry at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and is well connected in the professional youth ministry world. He is the author of Revisiting Relational Youth Ministry (a finalist for Outreach magazine's outreach book of the year) and has published many articles and chapters.
Table of Contents
1. A History of the Family, a History of the Self
2. Marriage and Divorce in Late-Modernity: Being and Action in Giddens Social Theory
3. Divorce as an Issue of Being: Ontological Security and the Loss of Self
4. Divorce and Theological Anthropology
5. Divorce and the Image of God: A Conversation between Theology and Object Relations Psychology
6. What Is to Be Done: The Church as a Community for the Broken