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31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife [Kindle Edition]

Arlene Pellicane
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Book Description

You don’t have to be married very long to discover that your husband will not live up to all your expectations. And even if he is Mr. Wonderful, he will still do things that disappoint you…and even make you unhappy. But being a happy wife has more to do with choice than circumstance. It begins with your personal decision to choose happiness. And it’s characterized by a thread of thanksgiving that runs through your life, bringing with it contentment and cheerfulness. In 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife, Arlene Pellicane explores five character traits you can choose to develop in your journey toward happiness. Organized into 31 daily readings, her biblically based insights will show you the way to become Hopeful—believe that a happy marriage is within your reach; Adaptable—learn to be open to change; Positive—choose to be more optimistic; Purposeful—discover a new vision for your role as a wife; and Yielded—experience joy as you submit to God’s plan. Commit yourself to this month-long quest to becoming a happy wife and discover newfound joy for yourself and for your husband. The book includes a “Happy Wives Club Discussion Guide,” filled with thought-provoking questions for each daily reading that will enhance your personal or group study.

Editorial Reviews


"Life's major accomplishments are made one step at a time. 31 days is not long, but if you take daily steps you will make progress. Arlene Pellicane has walked the road and shares practical ideas on how to become a happy wife. I highly recommend this book to all wives who aspire for something better."
--Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The Five Love Languages

"This book captured my heart. Page after page holds real-life examples of ordinary women who discovered freedom, joy, and adventure through the challenging seasons of marriage. This book is filled with wisdom and inspires hope for wives and points us to the powerful and transformative love of Christ. Thank you, Arlene!"
--Lynn Donovan, speaker and author of Winning Him Without Words

"In this helpful and insightful new book, popular speaker and author Arlene Pellicane explains the awesome power of a happy wife. As with her other books, Arlene is positive, encouraging, specific—and talks about real life and real issues. Making the choice to become a happy wife will radically transform your world!"
David and Lisa Frisbie, executive directors, The Center for Marriage and Family Studies

"If you have ever longed for a better marriage, read this book. Arlene Pellicane masterfully unwraps five specific ways we can increase our happiness as wives. This book is filled with captivating examples, riveting interviews, biblical truth, practical action steps, and common sense advice. It's powerful to read alone, but even better when used as a group study with other wives who sincerely desire positive change."
Carol Kent, speaker and author of Becoming a Woman of Influence

"Arlene Pellicane's message is every bit as clear, bright, cheerful, and wise as she is. Whether you're a newlywed or you've been married for ages, you'll find valuable, practical advice here. The daily format makes it easy to read, absorb, and apply the truths Arlene offers, and the examples from her own marriage and others' are honest, often funny, and genuinely helpful. Loved it!"
Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of The Girl's Still Got It

"Have you ever wanted to become a happy or even a happier wife? Maybe the key is for your husband to make some changes. Or maybe, just maybe, it has very little to do with him and a whole lot to do with you. If you're willing to apply the concepts presented in Arlene Pellicane's new book, you can become what you've wanted to become...a happy wife (and it may take only 31 days!)."
Kendra Smiley, speaker, radio host, and author of Live Free

"Arlene relates to every wife in this inspiring, fun-to-read book that I couldn't put down. If you're ready to become a happy wife, and make the most of your marriage, she'll get you there in 31 days...guaranteed!"
Cindi McMenamin, speaker and author of When Women Walk Alone

"Arlene empowers women with an important life-changing truth. You do have a choice not only on the actions you take but the attitudes you embrace. Many wives feel stuck in their marital unhappiness and can't find a way out. 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife gives them a way out—practically, biblically, and winsomely."
Leslie Vernick, counselor, speaker, and author of The Emotionally Destructive Marriage

"It's one thing to say ‘I'm happy' and another thing to radiate happiness. I know Arlene and her husband, and they emit joy and epitomize the ‘happily ever after' we all long for. 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife really is an adventure, a path, a roadmap to a happy life! Arlene will help you find joy and satisfaction with practical, biblical advice and lots of ideas to make you smile."
Pam Farrel, author of 38 books, including Men Are Like Waffles—Women Are Like Spaghetti

About the Author

Arlene Pellicane is an author and speaker who formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene and her family make their home in southern California.

Product Details

  • File Size: 565 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0736958061
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (February 1, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,122 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If Wifey Ain't Happy, Ain't Nobody Happy ;) February 13, 2014
I thought I didn't need this book. Most days, if someone asked me if I were a happy wife, I would reply with a rousing, "Sure am!" But I wonder, if the same question were asked of my husband, if he would be so rousingly sure. Would he say that on a regular basis I was, "Hopeful, Adaptable, Positive, Purposeful, and Yielded"? I may be able to smile and keep things under the rug, but the aforementioned quality traits are what makes me a sincerely happy wife. Not only that, becoming a wife who is Hopeful, Adaptable, Positive, Purposeful, and Yielded takes the undue pressure off of my husband, whose job is NOT my happiness (providing and guiding is hard enough)!

Reading Arlene Pellicane's book, 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife, I realized that happiness does not come from my circumstances or what my husband does for me, but from my attitude and outlook, and especially my faith in God, who is my true and lasting source of happiness. Each day and with every circumstance, when I take my eyes off of my human husband and put them onto Christ, my heart is full, soft, satisfied, and consequently, sweetly overflowing to my husband and family. What I love about Arlene's book is that she not only turns my eyes to Christ for the happiness I need, she then turns turns my eyes to my husband, so that I see, respond to, and pursue him with a happy heart.

The chapters are meant to be read as an enjoyable, one-a-day vitamin that builds us up to become more of what Christ has made us to be as wives. I love that it's entitled, "Becoming..." because as we look to Jesus, scripture says we "are transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another" (2 Cor 3:18).
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Happiness is up to me January 22, 2014
Arlene's Books always remind me that I am in charge of my choices, reactions, and feelings. My husband is not responsible for making me happy. I know not all husbands are like mine but I have found that when I do try to serve him and give him things he wants , he tries to serve me and give me things I want. I also know that just cause I am angry with him and he is in the doghouse, I can still be happy. I may not be happy with him But I can be happy overall. I love the thoughts and prayers at the end of each chapter. I look forward to using this book for a women's small group study.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book! January 15, 2014
Arlene does it again. She provides great humor and practical wisdom combined with scriptural reference and prayers of hope for each section of her book. All of her titles should be on your shelf and they make great gifts for all the women in your life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great book January 15, 2014
This book is such a great book to give as a gift for a friend in need. It has so many wonderful tips and helps for us regular people. I think it would be great to do as short Bible study with a few new friends.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for wives January 21, 2014
31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife by Arlene Pellicane is a practical and insightful book for wives to embrace. Every chapter begins with a Bible verse and a true (and sometimes funny story) that Arlene shares to illustrate her point. She takes the acronym HAPPY and writes 31 short chapters filled with wisdom, guidance and balance for a wife to ultimately make the choice in how she will choose happiness. These are the keys to happiness. HAPPY stands for Hopeful, Adaptable, Positive, Purposeful and Yielded. Take the marriage quiz at the beginning and determine if you are a happy wife. Each chapter ends with a picture for you to create in your mind and a prayer. There is also a discussion guide included that would be a great study for many happy wives!

Arlene's candid and personal approach to expressing her views are very engaging. I agree with her approach to marriage and I highly value what she shares in light of God's Word. She makes me think differently about marriage, myself and my husband. Arlene is honest and practical in this new book that will help wives to truly strive to be a happy wife. What a refreshing and delightful book to read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great self help book August 8, 2014
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Good book and not to much to take on at once. Focuses on self help and becoming a stronger partner. Ideas are realistic and not to aggressive.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proverbs 31 Women in 2014 January 24, 2014
Arlene has written an incredible guide for women seeking God's best for their marriage. She uses everyday language full of humor, wisdom, practical tips and prayers for the day. Openly sharing of occasional struggles with her own husband James (which usually bring a smile) her candor is a great look at the ups and downs of a good, solid marriage.

Life can be hard. It isn't always roses & champagne. Covering a wide variety of subjects, the honesty in Arlene's writing is a refreshing look at pursuing a godly marriage and building a stronger home.

31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife is a beautiful book to give to women for Valentine's Day, as a wedding gift, or on any occasion. It would also be a perfect book to use as a small group study with your church's women's group. I highly recommend it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Resource for Wives and Women January 21, 2014
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I Love this book! It is a great resource for wives but also for all women. My small group is going through this book together and I have a few gals who aren't married yet - but are still finding the ideas practical and applicable. I especially love that it is a daily reading - it gives encouragement for the day and helps us stay plugged into a daily devotional. As a wife and mom, I need the daily encouragement and principles to keep me focused and help me feel "normal" - it's good to know that the things I struggle with are shared by other ladies and there is a way to see the light in the middle of the craziness.

I definitely recommend this book and know you will be able to apply it to your life and marriage as well.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Typical; and not very diverse in views or accounting for cultural differences.
Published 9 days ago by D.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Becoming Happy!
I had the privilege of hearing Arlene Pellicane speak at a conference I recently attended. She was one of my favorite speakers so I was very excited to be able to purchase her... Read more
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I (Mrs. Larkin) am usually NOT a big booker reader. But this book caught my eye in the bookstore so I decided to purchase it and I am SO glad I did. Read more
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Published 7 months ago by Amber Menta
5.0 out of 5 stars Simple & Practical Advice
I loved that it was simple and practical advice! Great for singles preparing for marriage.
Published 8 months ago by Shaina Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great points made
Great points made, I've learned lots and always feel positive towards my hubby and marriage when I read it.
Published 9 months ago by lmjharper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book! Not only does it make you a happier wife, but a happier person overall. A must read.
Published 9 months ago by Barbara Border
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More About the Author

Arlene Pellicane loves to encourage women and strengthen families through her writing and speaking. Author of 31 Days to a Happy Husband and 31 Days to a Younger You, she believes that anyone can experience positive life change!

Readers love Arlene's upbeat personality and authenticity. Arlene has appeared on national television and radio programs such as The 700 Club and Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah.

Arlene and her happy husband James live in San Diego with their three children.

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