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The Struggle to Make Sense of Life When a Parent Leaves

Peer inside the child’s heart, a heart trying to sort through the pieces of what remains of their once-held-together family, struggling to survive. Grieve. Heal. Forgive. Then marvel anew at Christ, the Redeemer.

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A raw, well-written account of a heart-rending journey filled with gospel hope. Readers will find their own stories, in big or small ways, reflected in Jonathan’s account."
J. D. Greear Lead Pastor, The Summit Church, author of Gaining By Losing, Jesus Continued, & Gospel
The divorce epidemic has ripped through our culture, and even our churches. Jonathan offers wise, gospel-focused counsel. If you've been through the pain of divorce, or if you know someone who has, this book is for you."
Russell Moore President, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, author of Onward
A raw and riveting series of reflections on life in the wake of parental abandonment. Those who have been through similar circumstances will find in Jonathan an articulate voice for this particular pain."
Trevin Wax Managing Editor, The Gospel Project, author of several books
Jonathan leaves no pretty picture of life after divorce. He confesses, he wrestles, he preaches, he stumbles. We see he understands a little something about sinners in the hands of a faithful God."
Lore Ferguson Wilbert Writer at sayable.net, Director of Community & Formation at Park Church, Denver
Powerful. Strong. Brutally honest. Heart wrenching. Healing. Hopeful. These are the words that come to my mind after reading LEFT. This is a book I could not put down. Neither will you."
Daniel L. Akin President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary
By taking truth to struggle, Jonathan shows us that Jesus's grace sufficiently strengthens, sustains, and satisfies the believer in the midst of his or her grief and hardship.”
Tony Merida Lead Pastor, Imago Dei Church, author of Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down
A biblically-informed, heartfelt, and pastoral book about the existential realities of divorce. This is a moving and helpful book. Highly recommended.”
Bruce Ashford Provost, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, author of Every Square Inch
With raw emotion and haunting honesty, Jonathan poignantly pens of the lingering longing and gnawing ache that occurs when a parent leaves, and leads the reader to a place of healing and hope."
Sharon Jaynes Best-selling author, The Power of a Woman's Words and Your Scars Are Beautiful to God
Concussed by his dad’s leaving, Edwards narrates the particular, detailed miseries that he experienced as a boy, a teen, and an adult. To read LEFT is to grieve, but also to marvel anew at the Redeemer.”
Glenn Lucke President, Docent Research Group
Jonathan C. Edwards (@NotThePuritan)

Jonathan (M.Div, Th.M) has served churches in various roles for the past 10 years, from music and creative arts/graphic design to serving and equipping college students. He is the Director of Curriculum for Docent Research Group, where he also serves as a lead writer. He and his wife live in Durham, North Carolina, where he is pursuing his Ph.D at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Divorce Isn't Easy.

What does it feel like to watch a parent pack up their things and move out? What happens in the child’s mind; the child whose been left behind? LEFT anthems the cries of a generation left on the front porch. Peer inside the child’s heart, a heart trying to sort through the pieces of what remains of their once-held-together family, struggling to survive. Grieve. Heal. Forgive. Then marvel anew at Christ, the Redeemer.

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