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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: AliBelle, LLC (July 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985461306
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985461300
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #567,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Lara is a wife, mom, homeschooler, best-selling author, ministry leader, speaker, and supreme multi-tasker! She is honest and forthright in her writing, and shares her heart, struggles, joys, pains, and the many lessons she has learned on her journey-in a relatable way that pulls no punches.

Connect with her on Facebook:
facebook.com/LaraVelez.Author

She is also the founder of several blogs, including the very popular: MomsofFaith.com

Besides all that, she is a chauffeur, friend, maid, chef, business owner, lover, confidant, mentor, teacher, seeker, nurse, boo-boo kisser, cat lover, coffee drinker, Starbucks follower, Mexican food addict, jean loving, sometimes loud mouth, opinionated, outspoken, web designer, iphone carrier, a teensy bit anal retentive, chocoholic, Survivor fan, Bible believing, animal lover, reptile and crawly things hating, speed walking, honest, working her way back to skinny jeans, and... One heck of a strong woman! (Among other things)

My Testimony: the short version...

To share my whole testimony would be like writing a book--which I actually plan to do. However, I thought it would be an encouragement to you for me to share a little of what made me--me!

Since I was born my life has been in turmoil. I suffered years of molestation that started in toddler-hood and went on through my pre-teens. The crimes of sexual abuse committed against me were by multiple strangers, and some of it by two people who were not strangers, and should have been safe. Some of the sexual abuse I endured was so sensitive that I blocked out up until my 20's.

I also grew up with an alcoholic father and a mother who was unable to be a proper mother and moved us around way too often. I was homeless many times as a child and lived in the car, missions and anywhere my mother could finagle. My entire childhood was spent not really knowing where my next bed would be, and never really building lasting friendships. There was a lot of pain and abuse. I was also tormented at school. I just never had an escape.

Puberty was even more fun. I lost my virginity to rape, was still in poverty, lived with several strange people, lived in a children's home for a bit, then met my husband.

We had a turbulent relationship from the beginning. There were parties, drugs, and lots of alcohol. I soon became addicted to drugs. Then came an unplanned pregnancy when I was 18. Of course, I kept the baby... I immediately stopped all drugs, alcohol, and even caffeine!

Had the baby...now my wonderful, beautiful, funny, strong, and fabulous teenage daughter.

We did not marry right away. When she was about 14 months, I started to watch Christian TV. You see, I went to church on and off as a kid and asked Jesus into my heart when I was 8. I always knew Jesus loved me...but I never really knew more than that. So, I wanted more than TV now...Rob and I started to go to church. We got married after 5 years together.

Things went good for a bit...then we began to have problems and eventually stopped going to church and separated. During our separation we agreed that we would remain faithful and try to work things out--from a distance. Unfortunately, things did not go as planned.

My husband had a relationship with another woman and was doing hard core drugs with her on a daily basis.

I was hanging out with a bad crowd and doing drugs frequently as well...all along wanting to have a happy life.

Somehow, after many twists and turns, we got back together after a year and a half apart.

We continued to do drugs. The woman he was involved with continued to call him for two years on and off....which did NOT do anything good for our marriage. We did drugs together now...again. We had a LOT to deal with. We wanted to break free. However, we had such a friendly dealer...he would front us our drugs each week and we would get further and further behind. We racked up credit card bills and wasted all our money on drugs.

After MUCH struggle, we eventually broke free...and things were good for a while...We started going to church and had our happy little church faces on. I was never really me...

Then, I suffered a miscarriage. I was devastated. A terrible sadness overcame me and I had to stifle it because as many would say; "at least you did not know...'it'..." Hmmm... No one really understands how a miscarriage feels unless they have been through it. No, I did not meet the child; however, he was a living being inside of me and loved for almost 4 months.

A couple years after my loss, in 2004, I was blessed with a beautiful daughter. She is a joy and much needed addition to our family.

As of today (early 2013), I can tell you that the road is still bumpy and filled with many twists and turns. I have many days that I want to cry the day away or walk out of my marriage and never look back. However, every time I let myself go there, the Lord reminds me of all the reasons I should not. He keeps me grounded through His Word and holds me tightly in His arms. I know that the legacy I leave my children will be a good one. I know that they will learn that marriage is hard work and not always filled with joy. They will learn that giving up is not an option and that all...yes ALL things work to the good for those who are called according to HIS purpose. (Romans 8:28)

"O God, listen to my cry! Hear my prayer! From the ends of the earth, I cry to You for help when my heart is overwhelmed. Lead me to the towering rock of safety, for You are my safe refuge, a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me. Let me live forever in Your sanctuary, safe beneath the shelter of Your wings!" - Psalm 61:1-4

Customer Reviews

Very. simple to follow and put things into practice.
l.twombly
This is a great book, and would recommend it to any woman wanting to become a Proverbs 31 wife!
Brittany
Easy to read a chapter a day as a daily devotional or dive right in and read at one sitting.
Mother Borden

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By BurnoutGirl on January 3, 2013
Format: Paperback
I've had this book for a few months and have read it through twice, thinking that maybe I was being overly harsh. The author has wonderful intentions and clearly a good heart. That said, I wouldn't recommend this devotional to others. It is essentially a handbook on transforming yourself, by your own efforts, into what the author interprets God's idea of a pleasing wife to be. Wonderful, useful things like "stop nagging" and "do one thing today that you know your husband would appreciate" have their impact lessened by "put on some make up" and "Have sex when he wants to". The author even admits to believing that if your husband stares at other women, it is probably because you aren't taking time to look pretty. I believe Proverbs 31 to be an incredibly valuable resource to the Christian wife and I believe the author to be, truly, a woman searching for God's will in her life and marriage. I have to be honest, though, in saying that I found this book to be incredibly superficial and much too reliant on one's own efforts, leaving out entirely the transforming work of the Holy Spirit. Until we surrender to the idea that we can't become new people by wearing makeup, cooking dinner or working out, those efforts will be grudging, desperate and ineffective.
I'm truly sorry that this book wasn't all I hoped it would be but I must honestly recommend looking elsewhere for insight into the Proverbs 31 wife.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mother Borden on April 19, 2012
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I stumbled upon this book and it is amazing being a new wife a lil less than a year this book was a tremendous help. It taught me what Gods purpose for a wife and mother is. I strive to be a Proverbs 31 wife, this book is clear and concise. Easy to read a chapter a day as a daily devotional or dive right in and read at one sitting. A book once you start you cant put down.
I will be giving this book to all my friends as a wedding gift. This is a must have of all wives and mother, any age and amount of time married. Everyone can receive a blessing from the inspired words written in it. Would highly recommend to any women.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By R. Yaghazarian on March 22, 2012
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The Proverbs 31 Wife Handbook is exactly what the title says - a handbook to teach wives of today how to be what God calls them to be in Proverbs 31. And ladies, it can be done!

Sometimes we read Scripture and it seems so old fashioned and out of date that we ignore what it is saying, but Lara Velez has a gift (which I firmly believe is from God) that allows her to be able to take those words and transform them into a deeper, more timely, understanding that we can all relate to. She's written the handbook verse by verse, explaining what it all means and how we can bring it into our own lives no matter what our circumstances.

This is a very powerful and useful tool for every wife out there and I think anyone who gets it will be blessed in their reading and study of it. I know that for me personally it has really opened my eyes and made me want to be the wife that God made me to be - not just in words, but in actions. My Husband deserves it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 1, 2013
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I am halfway through completing Proverbs 31 Wife handbook and I have to say that its been a blessing to me in the area of becoming a helpmeet to my husband! I especially enjoy the way its laid out and have learned a new style of bible study that I have even started to use during my regular quiet time.

The author really shows enthusiasm for being a "Proverbs 31" wife and I am so glad that I found this handy resource. I also love her "Fruit of the Spirit" Series which are small bites of devotions that I am loving!

Keep up the great, motivating work. I look forward to more of what the author brings forward this year!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mariline on September 1, 2012
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This is a must read for every woman who desires to be the wife and mother God wants you to be. Truly eye opening. I had read Proverbs 31 many times but the author breaks it down clearly & helped me see what each verse really means. It should be every woman's guide.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By l.twombly on April 24, 2012
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I found this book after someone told me to deaf proverbs 31. I have been struggling in my marriage for a few years now. This book put a lot of things into perspective for me. Very. simple to follow and put things into practice.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lynn Goguen on November 26, 2012
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I have to say I am beginning my marriage with this handbook, we get married Dec 9th 2012. Recieved my handbook today November 26, 2012 in the mail, took a week for it to get here meanwhile it said it would take 2 weeks (Decemeber 5, 2012) to get here, I live in Canada. Already did Day 1. Can't wait to see what the rest of it has in store Highly recommended to all women
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. Smith on October 15, 2012
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This book is very informative and its a great devotional for anyone who is looking to become more of a Godly woman and finding out her role as a wife and mother. I'm not even married and find myself more prepared for my future husband.
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