Bestselling Christian author, motivational speaker and blogger Rachel Hollis announced that she and her husband Dave are filing for divorce.
The Christian Post reports that Hollis announced the “difficult decision” in an Instagram post on Monday.
"We started out as best friends 18 years ago and the truth is, that core friendship and the parts of us that work so well, have become a band-aid for the parts of us that don’t.” Hollis wrote.
“We have worked endlessly over the last three years to make this work and have come to the conclusion that it is healthier and more respectful for us to choose this as the end of our journey as a married couple," she added.
Hollis then noted that she and Dave will stay friends as they take care of their family and run their company together.
“We are choosing joy — even though, I’ll be honest, the last month has been one of the most awful of our lives. I want to be strong and bold and optimistic for you now, but every ounce of my energy is reserved in being those things for my children,” Hollis wrote.
"That said, having been such an open book to this beloved community, we hope that you can allow us a human moment,” she asked of her Instagram followers. “We hope you can understand our need to process these changes away from social media.”
“We graciously ask that you respect our privacy so we can focus on what matters most, our four kids and the next chapter of what our family looks like now." she concluded.
In 2018, Hollis published her New York Times best-selling book, Girl, Wash Your Face: Stop Believing the Lies About Who You Are So You Can Become Who You Were Meant to Be, which sold over 3 million copies.
The content of the book observes 20 lies and misconceptions that keep people from living life to the fullest.
Hollis also cited her personal experiences and how she was able to surpass obstacles in her life.
Regardless of popularity, Hollis' book was criticized for lacking theological substance, and her advice was seen as generic, the Christian Post reports.
Songwriter Alisa Childers criticized Hollis’ book on The Gospel Coalition website writing, “Hollis is a self-proclaimed Christian, and the book is published by Thomas Nelson (a Christian publisher). References to the Bible, Jesus, her faith, and Christianity are peppered throughout the book. It’s not some kind of devotional—but it is marketed as Christian. And yet much of Hollis’s advice isn’t Christian, though some of it is still good.”
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Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer and content creator. He is a contributing writer for Christian Headlines and the host of the For Your Soul Podcast, a podcast devoted to sound doctrine and biblical truth. He holds a Masters of Divinity from Alliance Theological Seminary.