The pain, suffering and death endured by men and women as a result of domestic abuse are way too serious for a continuing silent response. Verbal, mental and psychological abuse is denied, ignored or covered up by victims who are trapped in circumstances in which they are besieged, having nowhere to turn. The author posits that marriage must be the product mutual love with God at the center; that when God is so often left out of our engagement in love, loving and marriage, it will not be long before we discover that we are left with nothing but momentary sensual satisfaction, self-gratification or enjoyment that moves into the realm of addiction. He emphasizes that when God is returned to His central place in these vital human engagements, the secular barriers will be removed. Only then will domestic violence, abuse and death in the name of love begin to diminish.
The Reverend Harris Spence is an Anglican priest in the Diocese of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. He was ordained deacon in 1978 and later that year was ordained priest. He served in the Diocese as a deacon at St. Luke's church, Cross Roads, Kingston, and Priest in Charge of the Morant Bay Parish Church in St. Thomas. Reverend pence was seconded to the Diocese of Belize, in 1980, where he served as Priest in Charge of St. Mary's church, Belize City and Diocesan Advisor on Buildings, this continued for three and a half years. On his return from Belize (1984), Reverend. Spence was appointed Priest in Charge of the St. George's Church in Grand Cayman and later as Rector (1987). He retired in 1997, but continues to serve in the Diocese. Reverend Spence is the author of four books: "The Woman I married is not my Wife...;"; "21st Century Hymns and Spiritual Songs"; "The Journey to Eternal Salvation"; and "Love under Siege."