Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made In My Darkest Hour
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Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made In My Darkest Hour


On November 2, 2006, Gayle Haggard’s life changed forever when her husband, Ted Haggard, founder of the 14,000-member New Life Church in Colorado Springs and president of the National Association of Evangelicals, was publicly exposed in a scandal. In the days and months ahead, everything in Gayle’s life was at stake—her beliefs, her marriage, and her relationship with the church community she had been a part of for more than 20 years. In "Why I Stayed," Gayle walks us through the choices she made in her darkest hour and shares her renewed passion for the central message of the Bible—the liberating message of forgiveness and love. "Why I Stayed" reminds us of what less-than-perfect people desperately need—a community of family and faith that offers healing love and a path to restoration.

Title:Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made In My Darkest Hour
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:354 pages

    Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made In My Darkest Hour Reviews

  • Julie
    Oct 08, 2011

    What a frustrating book! Since the name of the book was Why I Stayed, I assumed that it had, at some point, ocurred to her not to stay. If it did, she didn't mention it in this book. She danced around...

  • Lori Wilson
    Mar 07, 2010

    I have met Gayle Haggard and went to a few of her women's classes. She's an excellent speaker and and excellent writer! I enjoyed really understanding the story from her point of view. The public has ...

  • ByTheFire
    Oct 03, 2010

    The most interesting part was the therapy section on the type of therapy used with Ted and Gayle. Wish the book had been more about why Gayle stayed...seemed to descend into why she felt betrayed by h...

  • Patti
    May 24, 2010

    I picked this up at the library feeling a bit cynical about the whole thing. My cynicism is softened just a little, however, I do think the book is really about creating some income for the Haggards. ...

  • Kristy
    Jul 26, 2016

    I listened to the audio book of "Why I Stayed" which is read by Gayle Haggard herself. It was nice to hear the book, not only in her own words, but in her intended tone; she communicated her heart wel...

  • Becky
    Feb 10, 2010

    Not sure what I thought of this. On one hand, I believe Mrs. Haggard made a courageous, difficult, and ultimately righteous choice. It had to be incredibly hard to forgive her husband, but in doing so...

  • Heather
    Jan 31, 2010

    This book suprised me. I was expecting to listen to one woman apologize for her husband's sins and justify why she stayed. It ended up being the story of how a repenting sinner was not treated as a Ch...

  • Martha
    Apr 07, 2010

    Definitely recommend. Realized how I have judged people and not loved people when they were having a hard time because I was having a hard time with what they did instead of showing them God's love. D...

  • Tiffany Proactiff
    Jan 18, 2012

    I have a newfound respect for this woman's strength and courageousness. I relearned the meaning of true forgiveness and a deeper desire to rededicate my personal relationship with God. Gayle Haggard h...

  • Kristy
    Jan 27, 2010

    Curiosity got the best of me. I must say Im surprised to admit I actually really enjoyed this book. It was eye opening to read their side of the situation and learn more......

About Gayle Haggard

Gayle Haggard

Gayle Haggard is an author, speaker, and the wife of Ted Haggard. After her world was rocked by public scandal in 2006, she emerged with her faith, marriage, and family stronger than ever. Gayle is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, Why I Stayed: the Choices I Made in my Darkest Hour, and her newest book, Courageous Grace. She and Ted currently pastor St. James Church in Colorado S