The "Ideal" Couple "provides remarkably honest insight into what it meant for one man to keep his same-sex attraction hidden from almost everyone except his wife. . . ."—Melanie Springer Mock, Mennonite Weekly Review
For life. A man to a woman. Except the man turns out to want other men.
The “Ideal” Couple
candidly shares the marital dysfunction the Wolgemuths experienced due
to Carl’s strong attractions to men he had not shared before marriage.
Two wounded souls describe how they developed a friendship, married,
and maintained an outward image of blissful normalcy yet inwardly
experienced a painful and unusual marital relationship.
and Marilyn became wonderful friends for Jackie and me during my first
solo pastorate. When I learned of Carl’s temptation in the context of a
men’s prayer group, it became a matter of caring conversation and
prayer for our group. The struggle and defeat he endured, and
restoration from sin to covenant with God and Marilyn, is detailed in
this book. Read it with care and prayer for them—and for others in
similar turmoil." —John
Poling, Interim Pastor, Round Rock (Tex.) Presbyterian Church, after
serving multiple congregations nationwide
Wolgemuths have shared their sorrow, anguish, disillusionment and pain
with candor and unflinching honesty with the hope that their story will
benefit others. Giving credit to God’s grace, Marilyn and Carl have
persevered under extremely difficult circumstances." —Gerry Epp, Academy of Certified
"This is a story of homosexual unfaithfulness and sinful responses in marriage while in full-time Christian ministry, without moralizing and without a storybook ending. Carl and Marilyn offer marriage as a model of God's faithfulness." —Gene B. Chase, Free Ministry, West Shore, Evangelical Free Church
"Striking, revealing, courageous. Marilyn and Carl bare their souls in startling ways about their marriage journey. It is a ‘sit up and pay attention’ read." —Stan Smucker, Retired Mennonite Pastor
study groups, anyone interested in homosexuality as well as how a
commitment to marital faithfulness can sometimes endure despite great
odds against it.
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