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Me? Obey Him?: The Obedient Wife and God's Way of Happiness and Blessing in the Home Paperback – January, 1995


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Sword of the Lord Pubs; Revised ed. edition (January 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873985516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873985512
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,196 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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114 of 141 people found the following review helpful By Vyckie D. Garrison on October 24, 2011
Those fortunate enough to have never actually read "Me? Obey Him?" may be shocked and appalled by the teachings in support of "biblical patriarchy." This review is simply quotations of Handford's own words, followed by comments from my personal experience as a former submissive Christian woman
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*God's Perfect Creation Required Order*

Jesus, the Creator of Heaven and earth, submitted Himself to God the Father. He took His place in the chain of command. ... It is no shame, no dishonor, for a woman to be under authority, if the Lord Jesus -- very God Himself -- submitted to the authority of the Father. (p. 14)
The submission of the Lord Jesus is our example. He submitted not just to the tender ministrations of the Father. He submitted to revilings and curses, persecution and suffering. He was our example, not just to obey a gentle and kind husband but a harsh and mean husband as well.
You may find that your obedience to your husband and your obedience to God are all tied together. You may not want to obey your husband because you are in rebellion against God. (p. 51)

By intimately linking Christ's willing subjection to God the Father with a woman's submission to her husband in "the chain of command," the teachings of patriarchy create such an intricate tangle of enmeshment that it's nearly impossible for an abused woman to extricate herself from the bondage of her husband's tyranny without also throwing off her spiritual bond with Christ.

*Woman's Nature Requires Obedience*

We've had the impression that women as a class are more spiritually minded than men, with sensibilities more refined, and purer thoughts. Scriptures say the opposite is true! Women are more often led into spiritual error than men.
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87 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Just being me on May 6, 2008
This book was given to me as a gift. I read it with my husband. I will be submitting to his authority. He commanded me to THROW THE BOOK AWAY. It is unsound and the author has twisted scripture.
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67 of 91 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 8, 2003
Honeys, get a grip. You husband is not the Lord. The Lord is the Lord. Learn how to read the Bible. Please.
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Over 600,000 in print. Over 600,000 miserably unhappy women who will never know their own voice or importance in God's eyes.
This book should be outlawed. I stupidly followed it, thinking I was 'obeying God,' and it nearly cost me my life. Every single religion with a rare few small exceptions demand that women be subjected and submissive to the men. Of course, it makes life much easier for the men that way - but is it right and is it from God? Surely, being God and truly infallible, He himself would not have made so egregious an error as Paul and Peter (who, by the way, are not Christ), open to all sorts of loop holes and blunders and opportunities for abuse. When a man can be submissive to the whim of his wife for about a year, then he can come and talk to women about how wonderful it is to be a 3rd rate citizen, second only in importance to the car. This book opens the gateway for very abusive, horrible, evil deeds by so-called Christian men. When a truly God inspired Word is given, we can test it to see if it pans out in real life. When it does and it is life-affirming and edifying, then it is from the Lord. But if it doesn't pan out in real life, as in Peter and Paul's words, and it is certainly not life-affirming (Well, OK, it affirms the life of the husband, only), then one must do due diligence, use the logic, reason, and intellect God has endowed us all with - and yes, He even gave women brains - and come to a reasonable conclusion. Because we are only given one life. And we can never make up the time thrown away to an abusive husband while we try to remain meek, submissive and obedient to God when, in fact, we are only being obedient to the edicts of man and ruining our lives needlessly. This is not why we were born. Women have the God-given right to defend themselves.
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36 of 49 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2001
Let me start by saying I have been walking with Christ for 36 years, and I am married to an awesome man who is also in the ministry.Gods word is flawless and true. But when God's truths taken out of the context ( like this book does)and out of the context He intened us to hear....you get unfortunatley, as well intended as this author may be...an unbalanced and very dangerous,unhealthy perspective. I mean no disrespect to the author, who wrote this book. I am in Women's ministry. And within the Church I attend ,we have had to do damage control, and re-educate Men and Women after they read this unhealthy book and take this book litteraly .They don't go to God's Word to check and see if this book is telling the truth. ANY Book on lifes issues and spiritual things ,MUST be taken to the Word and examined. If it is a well written book ( and this book is not)it should be a supliment not a substitute for reading and understanding His word. The word for "submit" in scripture when applied to the wife does not mean "obey"....as in stop ,listen and do.But in the marriage context it is a word that means " a voluntary,cooperation with your husbands will". However, IT HAS LIMITS, if that will of the husband oversteps the will of God, and what is clearly written in His word...Her first priority is to obey God, and what is clearly written. I saw some truths, but the out of context statements of absolute obedience no matter what to a husband is not biblical and it is a false statment.It hung a dark cloud over the text. God didn't want marriage-olitry, or husband-olitry. Cooperation,coming along side, and sometimes biting our tongue is a good thing and ALL good relationships consist of this respect,whether it is Moms, Dads,co-workers, Sisters,brothers...friends.Get into the biblical context.....Read more ›
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