Gayle Haggard is about to have her say on the 2006 sex scandal that led her husband, Ted, to resign as head of New Life Church in Colorado Springs.
Her book, “Why I Stayed: The Choices I Made in My Darkest Hour,” will be released Jan. 26.
While her publisher isn’t allowing her to grant interviews until January, we received a preview of the book, which was co-written by Angela Hunt.
Below are some passages from it. The part about why she stayed with Ted will have to wait for the full book to come out:
GAYLE RECOUNTS THE MOMENT WHEN THE SCANDAL INVOLVING A GAY ESCORT AND TED BEGAN.
“When Ted’s cell phone buzzed, he glanced at the message on the screen, and his countenance changed. He handed me his phone so I could read the text he’d received from a pastor friend. A homosexual ‘escort’ in Denver has leveled an accusation against a nationally known evangelical from Colorado Springs. The escort hadn’t yet identified the man he was accusing; he said he would do that on a Denver radio station the following morning….”
“‘Ted, is there anything to this?’” I searched his eyes as we sat across from each other on our son’s bed. ‘Do you know this man? Don’t let me be surprised.’”
“”I don’t know this man,” he answered.”
THE NEXT DAY, AFTER MIKE JONES REVEALED WHO THE PASTOR WAS, TED MET GAYLE IN THEIR ATTORNEY’S OFFICE, JUST THE TWO OF THEM.
“My heart skipped a beat when I heard the serious tone in his voice. When the door closed behind me, I felt the life begin to drain from my body. I sat down across from Ted at the attorney’s conference table, and as I looked at him, I saw that his expression had changed. This was not the confident man who had entered the building with me only a few moments before. This man’s face had contorted with anguish.
“I sat stunned in my chair as Ted looked at me with the saddest eyes I have ever seen on his face.”