Left at the Altar: “man’s rejection, God’s protection”

JP: About Kimberley Kennedy author of Left at the Altar: My Story of Hope and Healing for Every Woman Who Has Felt the Heartbreak of Rejection . She calls the event her ““altar-cation”!

TV Anchor Left at the Altar Gives Advice on Dating

Excerpt:

At the height of her career as a TV anchor and madly in love with a man she expected to soon call husband, Kimberley Kennedy lost everything – her career, love, health, and money. In her wrestle with God and life, she learned about the Father’s love and emerged with a new motto in life – “man’s rejection, God’s protection.”

Kennedy was wearing a cream-colored halter dress, flanked by bridesmaids in a “lovely” Episcopal church with organ music playing on that fateful day when the “perfect” man said he “just can’t do it” – one day before the wedding.

After the devastating and humiliating break-up with her fiancé, which became gossip fodder because she was a public figure in Atlanta, Kennedy blamed God for being dumped by the love of her life, she writes in her new book Left at the Altar: My Story of Hope and Healing for Every Woman Who has Felt the Heartbreak of Rejection.

“But this is not a love story about a woman and a man,” Kennedy clarifies in the book’s introduction. “This is a story about a woman and her God, a God who loved her so much that he allowed a terrible thing to happen to her.”

“He had invaluable life lessons for her to learn, lessons that not only would bring her closer to him but also show her in the end that his love is the only love that will never disappoint,” the Emmy award-winning journalist writes.

In the book, Kennedy speaks candidly about her own faults that contributed to the failed relationship. Many of the problems she identifies are related to her faith life, which was sidelined during the relationship as well as throughout her life up until the time of the break-up.

As an overachiever and de facto head of the household after her father left, Kennedy admits she was a “control freak” that tried to force her former fiancé to the altar. Even when there were blatant signs that he did not want to get married, Kennedy now admits in retrospect that she ignored them and plowed ahead with the relationship setting goals and striving to achieve them.

Her controlling nature manifested itself in her spiritual life as well. Instead of praying to God for the right husband, she took control of the relationship and ignored what God thought about it. She admits in the book that she did not pray even once for the relationship even though she at the time considered herself a “good person” and “faithful churchgoer.”

“This is why I say in the book that I was mostly responsible for getting to the altar that day and being left at the altar that day because I never turned this relationship over to God,” Kennedy told The Christian Post in an interview. “If I had done that in the beginning, and in prayerful, prayerful consideration about this relationship, then I’m sure God would have taken it away. But I didn’t do that because I was afraid He would.”

The book is available from Amazon: Left at the Altar: My Story of Hope and Healing for Every Woman Who Has Felt the Heartbreak of Rejection

More on the author is available here. Her blog is available here

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