If your relational life has been a success story, then this book is not for you. But if you have ever: felt alone and lonely, wondering if this is all it adds up to . . . found yourself on the losing end of a relationship, wondering if there can ever be a next time . . . pounded yourself in guilt and shame for falling into old patterns . . . questioned if you are even capable of healthy relationships because of the wreckage in your past . . . then read on.
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Angus Nelson lost himself many times over before he began finding himself. He pulls no punches in describing his own downward spiral—an ill-fated and short-lived marriage, sexual brokenness before and during marriage and after divorce, cycles of blaming and shaming—yet his purpose in the self-disclosure is not to shock readers with details, but to wake them up to reality—their reality, so they can see it as it really is and take steps toward transforming it.
Love’s Compass provides a road map from brokenness to wholeness by reorienting the center our lives revolve around. “Magnetic north” is the default position of the heart—the understanding of ourselves that all our experiences and self-talk have created. “True north” is the recalibrated position of the heart—the understanding of ourselves through the grace of God’s love for us. For all those who have lost their way in relationships, there is always a new way forward in true north.
Read this spiritual memoir of guilt, forgiveness, and redemption. You’ll realize you’re not alone. You’ll find yourself evaluating your own life by love’s compass. You’ll begin discovering how to live by grace instead of self-effort. And you’ll realize that the love you seek is not an impossible dream, but a very real way of life.
" Anyone searching for hope and healing from relational or sexual brokenness needs this book. Angus’s raw telling of his own story flows from his heart straight to the reader’s and doesn’t let go. The wisdom you’ll gain along the way will lead to a better understanding of who you were created to be, what love truly means, and what intimacy with the Father is really all about. "
Author of Plan B
" Angus Nelson is a compelling speaker and writer who powerfully shows the way to healing in Love's Compass. With heartfelt and raw honesty he shares from his own journey how we can experience the best from our relationships. The authenticity in Love's Compass sets this book apart as a fantastic and challenging resource. "
Author of Torn and Throw It Down
" In a culture of increasingly jaded perspectives on relationships, Angus Nelson is a refreshingly candid voice. With courageous transparency, his story causes you to recognize you're not alone in your experience and things can get better. Angus offers practical, tangible insight for anyone in need of a second chance. If you want to discover unique answers to your own relational challenges, this book is a must-read. "
Author of Gracenomics
" Angus Nelson is a true sojourner. His life journey has taken him through some of the deepest and darkest valleys of human existence. Yet in the midst of such pain, he found hope and now lives to inspire thousands around the world with honest, down-to-earth insights about life, sexual brokenness, and a path back to love. Angus' book Love's Compass is refreshingly authentic, deeply encouraging, and immensely practical. "
Author of Good Idea, Now What?
" Angus Nelson is honest. He’s been around the relational block, and isn’t afraid to tell his painful, yet redemptive story. Love’s Compass is a gift to those who struggle to make their relationships last. "
Author of The Defiance: Texas Trilogy and Thin Places
" There’s nobody (as far as I know) addressing the issues facing today’s college crowd with your frankness and blatant honesty—your innate sense of responsibility. You have a unique gift, and a huge demographic who are dying for it. "
Author of Levi's Will
What People are Saying
About Love’s Compass:
• “I’m not sure I’ve ever read anything so honest. He opens himself up to the reader in ways most of us can’t imagine ever doing. In that revealing lies the beauty of this book, because it’s through this honesty and openness where we can most relate, and quite possibly light the spark we need in order to learn to forgive ourselves for the mistakes we have made in our relationships… Love’s Compass reads like an honest and hopeful memoir, inspiring and motivating readers to find their own insights and to be the change they wish to see.” - Chris Singer, review on BookDads.com
• “This book moves with energy and lively descriptions, weaving between story and lesson as deftly as a race car threading through the pack.” - Kay Campbell, Huntsville Times
• “…all I can say is WOW. No one knows it but I am going through some things with my relationship right now that I was causing stewing from feelings from my past. Angus, Your book is AMAZING it has helped me so much, I literally took some of the things you said and wrote them on paper and taped it to the mirror so I can start my day off every day reading it. Thank you so very much, I am telling everyone that I come across how good it is.” - SN, Alabama
• “I read the book and loved it! I highlighted the crap out if it!! :) So many good things and so relatable!… I know I am not alone in going through something like this… It brings me hope knowing my future can be healthier and happier.” - GT, Virginia
• “I hate to admit it but the things you say in there are some of the EXACT things that I’ve thought or done. Pride was a hurtful thing for me when I got divorced. Like I had a disease I didn’t want people to know about. I was embarrassed, really was shocked about how much I saw myself in the book. I’m glad someone else has gone through a LOT of the things I’ve done or said or thought.” - AD, Alabama
• “Angus, all I can say is ‘wow.’ I was so incredibly touched by your book. I got it this afternoon – and read it in one sitting. I was a blubbering mess after reading it. My heart was just heavy reading it – not because I was sad – but because it was the first time in 38 years that I realized I was not alone in my regrets. It was the first time I didn’t feel shame in my mistakes, but realization that I can let go and start to move forward. I look forward to rereading it. You truly are a blessing! THANK YOU!” - TS, Florida
• “The book itself hit me right smack dab in the heart. It is powerful and makes you think about your own relationships and where you are in relationships to them. It makes you ask so many questions about yourself as well as about the actions that you are or have taken in the past to hinder your ability to love others. “ - CL, Michigan