249 of 255 people found the following review helpful
on January 15, 2000
I have had this book for two months. It's a book with specific chapters for specific needs. It does not have to be read front to back. I recommend reading through the first chapter "His Wife". You think you're reading about how to "help" or even "change" your husband...you soon discover the Lord showing you things in your own life that need prayer and change! Don't you hate it when that happens? Me too. But, if you allow the Lord to speak to you through Stormie's writing and experience, you will not believe what happens! It is difficult to put into words the change that has taken place...in me. Attitudes, expectations, desires, wants, and needs, are all addressed. Biblically. I go to different chapters at different times on different days. Lately, I have been reading it along with Scripture in my personal time. I've known my husband since 7 yrs. old and have been married for 23 yrs. God is always faithful and always good. He will teach us if we take the time to listen. Married? Engaged? Hope to get married? Get this book. Then, read it. Then pray. Then apply it. God Bless.
130 of 136 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2000
I came across this book just in time(God's time that is). I was separated from my husband of 8yrs and had an appointment with my attourney already scheduled to file for a divorce. A friend reccomended the book and as soon as I read the first chapter, I knew I had to give it just one more chance. I wish I'd read it sooner but I probably wasn't ready to listen yet! Through this book, God gave me a whole new perspective and convinced my hard head that I needed to change, too, not just my husband. I had always prayed for our marriage, but the book outlined specific areas to pray for and included specific prayers and scriptures. I was too busy praying for what I wanted and not what God wanted. I thought that too much had happened between us for our marriage to be repaired and the only option left was divorce, even though I didn't want or believe in it. Stormie talked about some of the very issues our marriage had faced such as infidelity, financial trouble, a chronically ill child, loss of a child, mental illness, and many misunderstandings. It helped me to realize that our marriage was worth working on and that maybe God had a plan for us after all! It also helped to get my priorities straight and to build a stronger relationship with God, as well as with my husband. I thank God for moving Stormie to write this book and share this information with the rest of us struggling to make our marriages work! I reccomend this book to anyone experiencing marital difficulties as well as those who want to prevent them!
110 of 121 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2008
This book reallly jumps into what God intended us wives to be. If you look at marriage many years ago it was about commitment, it was about the wife being the heart of the home while her husband was the head of it. God made woman as a partner and a helper for man and Stormie really covers it in detail. Marriages need the basic principals that she lays out in order to survive.
It really goes into great detail on how you can change your marriage just by changing yourself. IF YOU ARE SELFISH NATURED then you will hate this book. This book is about giving your heart and soul over to God and changing yourself to benefit your marriage. If you are the type that "won't change until he does" then don't buy this book because you need a Bible. You have to be willing to be completely unselfish the way Jesus Christ was when he was on earth. God is not saying "let the husband walk all over his wife." Most marriages that you see that have lasted 25 years or more today have God as the center of their marriage. The divorce rate 53% today, that has to tell you something? Something is missing, and it's God. If you change yourself to be a wife after God's own heart, then through you, God will reach your husband. Giving up is not the answer.
42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2001
I thank the Lord for Stormie Omartian's book, "The Power of A Praying Wife." Ever since I've received Christ three years ago, my marriage took a turn for the absolute worst. Divorce was a constant threat for the past two and a half years. (My husband hasn't come to the Lord yet.) I'm constantly in prayer for my marriage, and have been since I've been saved. About two months ago, I cried out in prayer to the Lord to please intervene in my marriage. I was at the end of my rope, and couldn't take it anymore. Within a week, the Lord led me to Stormie's book while I was grocery shopping. I was sceptical at first, but I bought it anyway. From the moment I began reading it, I knew that it was the answer to my prayers. The book gave me a renewed sense of hope and joy that there was something else I could do with God's help to bring about change in my marriage.
It was as if Stormie wrote this book specifically for me! I was going through the exact same thing she went through. I learned that we [as wives] must confess our sin to God concerning our husbands, humble ourselves before Him and let Him change us, and pray continually for our husbands, which miraculously enables us to fall in love with them all over again. In such a short time, I've seen changes in myself, my marriage, and my husband -- even though he hasn't committed his life to Christ yet. Slowly but surely, the Lord is softening my husband's heart, and enabling him to show his love for me a little bit more each day. Praise God!! Hallelujah!! Every woman who's married or thinking about getting married should get this book!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on June 12, 2001
This is a wonderful and powerful book. I would definitely recommend it for all women - single and married! I initially bought the book thinking that I could use it to pray for the areas in which "I felt my husband needed to change." Well! Was I in for a huge surprise! As I began to read, the Lord touched my heart and I was the one who began to change. And as I changed, my husband began to react to my changes in a positive light. In the book, the author gives you about 20 areas for you to pray for your husband (e.g. his attitude, his finances, his affection, his job, his health, his committment, etc...)along with a specific prayer for that area and scriptures to reinforce the prayers. Each area is a separate chapter of the book. The chapters are very short - about 3-5 pages- and are very easy reading. I decided that I would focus on one chapter each week and keep that area in prayer throughout the week. Boy was I blown away! As I am almost finished with the entire book, I don't think a week has gone by that after reading a chapter and area to pray about for my husband that I did not end up in tears as the Lord showed me also where I could do better and where I needed to change to be a better wife and mother. I am so grateful that I came across this book. It is powerful and invaluable! The author, Stormie Omartain, has also written several other books including "The Power of a Praying Parent," which I plan to begin reading next week!
38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on May 21, 2002
This book is divided into short chapters focusing on one area of and issues in a man's life, such as fatherhood, pride, emotions, health, etc. Stormie Omartian uses examples from her own life to help break each issue down. At the end of each chapter is a prayer and several applicable verses.
I enjoyed using this book as part of my daily devotional period. The issues are concisely discussed, and the prayers are helpful and well written. I've used this book as a springboard for thought, discussion and of course, prayer. If you're looking for something very deep and indepth on a particular issue, this isn't the purpose of the book. You will probably also find that not all of the issues apply to your husband. But this book does make you examine your husbands life, as well as aspects of your own life. It will make you think. It has helped me change some of my thoughts and my prayers. It is definitely a great place to start if you're trying to grow your prayer life for your husband.
44 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2000
I've been a Christian for 36 years. I celebrated my 29th wedding anniversary this past August. I am an avid reader of books written about "Christian Living" or "how to" books, etc. NEVER before have I read such an "ON TARGET" book geared to the imperative need for prayer in the marriage and in the home. Medicine is not always "easy" to take. Sometimes we "forego" the medicine and think we can get "better" on our own. Sometimes, this may be the case...but in my experience I have found that this book is one that I definitely keep among my reference books. When I find a great book that has benefitted my life in some way, I usually like to recommend it to a friend or maybe buy it and give it as a birthday or Christmas gift. BUT THIS BOOK...I have bought nearly a dozen copies and given as gifts to friends and family. What I have realized is that when my husband seems to "deserve" my intercession (prayers) the least is when I should pray the MOST! When you interceed for your husband in areas of HIS life then you will undoubtedly benefit your own! If you cannot identify with the author's first chapter of the book (re: her own troubled marriage)...do not put the book down and say "I don't have THAT problem"...continue on - because regardless of your circumstances in life this book is a key that will help unlock the door of your mind to the endless ways that God desires to bless you and your husband and family. If there were a higher ranking than 5 stars, I would chose it. Every Christian woman who has a husband or is planning one day to have one, needs to get this book. Mine is dog-eared, highlighted, underlined, marked up with pen, pencil and with post-it notes. It is a treasured reference and guide book that I HIGHLY recommend.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2000
I received this book in the mail from a friend on the day my husband left me with the words "I want a divorce." I began reading this book and it has changed my life. (I'm now reading it for the 4th time.) My husband and I are back together and I'm afraid to let a day go by without praying for him. He has even written me notes thanking me for praying. Start praying for your husband today!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 7, 2000
A friend of mine at church recommended this book because I was having trouble dealing with my decision to go back to my husband after a six month separation.
I have always prayed for my husband, but I wanted to see a drastic change in him. This book showed me how to look at myself and let God change me first. It also showed me how to take everything concerning my husband to the Lord in prayer so God could change him.
Now, I see very, very small changes in my husband, but small is big to God. I am trying to see my husband through God's eyes and love him through God's heart.
Thank you Stormie for sharing this special gift that God has given you with so many women. I feel it is my duty to bless others with this book since it was such a blessing to me. Thanks!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 22, 2011
Here's how to change your marriage: on your knees.
I have already gone through this book three times --- and I'll keep reading it. I'm buying copies for my friends. This is one of the most helpful books I've read about how to really change your marriage --- how to let God change it --- and the book is so practical!
Life-changing advice here, written in a very easy-to-read style. Powerful and positive: You'll read it more than once!
I'm also enjoying a brand-new book:
Becoming Your Husband's Best Friend: Secrets to Loving the Man You Married