The Peaceful Wife is one of those books that holds true to the old adage that if you want to see change in your marriage, the change begins with you! It’s a hard concept for us to swallow sometimes as wives but that’s just pride.
While peace is something I strive for in my marriage and in my life, it’s never something that’s come easily to me. By nature I’m not the peaceful type! I worry a lot, overthink and stress.
This book was a great reminder that it’s all in God’s hands and not our own. If we want to be blessed in our marriages, the change has to begin within each one of us.
I am a natural leader and take charge kind of person which makes submission really difficult for me. Maybe all this time I was looking at it wrong; like a sign of weakness. But when it strengthens the marriage, there is nothing weak about that.
I think what stood out to me most was how much she talked about respect because it’s such a huge part of it and something I struggle with. Reading this book was an encouragement and also an eye opener on how much I need to change.
I hope that reading The Peaceful Wife was only the first step in making change in my life.
About the Book
What happens when a woman becomes the wife God desires her to be?
In today’s world, women are often rewarded for having type A personalities. Driven, demanding women achieve higher positions, better salaries, and praise for their ambition. They learn to be confident, take-charge leaders who can handle anything on their own. Yet when it comes to their marriages, those same traits can backfire. After all, no one goes into marriage hoping for a promotion. What is a wife to do?
April Cassidy knows this struggle firsthand. She thought she was a great Christian wife and begged God to make her passive husband into a more loving, involved, godly leader. Instead, God opened her eyes to changes that she needed to make, such as laying down her desire for control and offering genuine, unconditional respect–not just love–to her husband. The Peaceful Wife focuses on Cassidy’s experience and its life-changing properties, providing a template for others to follow.
Cassidy’s conclusions may be as shocking to readers as they were to her, but she backs up her own tale with stories from her blog readers, and also includes recommendations for further study. She walks through baby steps on how to change, addressing questions such as:
What is respect?
How can you show respect?
How is being respectful different from being loving?
In the end, The Peaceful Wife is a powerful path to God’s design for women to live in full submission to Christ as Lord.
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