All remarriages are born out of grief. Most "suddenly singles" are bereft and traumatized by having their relational world torn apart. Whether a second marriage results from the death of a spouse or from divorce, it presents unique challenges. Likely neither party considered they'd ever be in this situation.
Dunn addresses the pastoral needs of those within the church who are considering dating and remarriage after being widowed or divorced. In Love Again & Making It Work is unique among Christian resources in that Dunn addresses the reality and theology of divorce and a second marriage.
"God only desires good marriages," he writes. "Marriage is meant to help husband, wife, and all children become all that God intended for them to be. ... What we often fail to understand is that God not only hates divorce, God also hates a marriage that is not fulfilling its purpose. Neither divorce nor a bad marriage is the will of God."
Up-to-date and practical information is included: using Internet dating services to meet someone, the dynamics of blended families with children, prenuptial agreements and merged finances, where to live, and communicating with the former spouse. This book is a revision of Dunnâ€™s previous (now out of print) Discipleship Resources title, Preparing to Marry Again.
In Love Again & Making It Work includes a short guide for learning and conversation in groups.