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Secrets of the Vine for Women Hardcover – March 20, 2003

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About the Author

Darlene Marie Wilkinson is Prayer Coordinator of Walk Thru the Bible Ministries and a contributing author of The Joy of a Promise Kept: The Powerful Role Wives Play. She recently presented the Women Who Make a Difference conferences in Kenya and South Africa. She is also featured on her husband Bruce's video series The Heart That Makes the Home.

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A Place to Grow

Dear Reader,

Thank you for picking up Secrets of the Vine for Women. I’m praying that you, along with thousands of others, will remember this little book as a turning point in your life.

A turning point, a pivotal experience, something that leaves you forever changed—that’s what so many women are looking for today. And I can tell you from personal experience that Jesus’ words in John 15 are life changing! In this conversation in a vineyard the night before He died, Jesus showed His followers how God would be at work to bring each of them to a truly abundant life.

I invite you to step with me into that vineyard and listen carefully to what Jesus said. And as you read, may you be in awe of your Father’s faithfulness and greatness, because incredible spiritual abundance is His plan today for you, too.

With affection,
Darlene Marie


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Product Details

  • Series: Breakthrough Series
  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah (April 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590521560
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590521564
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.5 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,686,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I have to admit, when the original Secrets of the Vine book came out, I did NOT jump on the bandwagon and buy or read it. However, eventually I did get around to reading it and it was good. When I saw there was a Secrets book for women, well, I decided to give it a go. I am now glad I did. It was excellent (and a fast read). It was so good, in fact, that I ended up ordering a copy for each of the women on the women's ministry team at my church, for a Christmas gift. Made for an inexpensive but very thought provoking gift, which I hope they will get as much from it as I did. I felt it very relevant for my own life, as well as for our ministry for the women of our church. I think one of the best things I read in the book was about Mary and Martha. One line in particular caught my attention: "Mary had chosen to be with Him, and that was better than doing for Him." The whole point of this little line was that "most women struggle to get to the end of their to-do list each day. Spending time with God becomes just another activity on our list, when in fact it should be the paper on which we prioritize everything else we do!" Something else I noted... "You're too busy not to abide!" Talk about truth!!
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Format: Hardcover
An absolutely wonderful little book, hugely uplifting even if you're not going through tough times! A must read for women of all ages and issues!
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By Sally on April 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
This little book of only six chapters would make a good personal devotional. Because of the extensive Study Guide for each chapter, it could also serve as a source for a group Bible study.

A frame story, set in Tuscany, about a vinedresser instructing his daughter in the art of growing a bumper crop of grapes is the metaphor for this study of John 15. The reader quickly sees that she is the daughter, and God is represented by the father, the vinedresser.

Thank you to Cindy Brovsky at Random House for my copy.
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Darlene Marie Wilkinson uses the text from John 15 in her book that is the feminine parallel to her husband's book of the same title; and like a good vinedresser, she makes tidy work of her reflections on the text. By the 4th page of chapter one, she outlines what the reader can expect from her time with this book: "You'll discover how He intervenes when sin is holding you back. You'll understand how He responds when your own good intentions are leading you astray. You'll learn, perhaps for the first time, just how much He longs to enjoy intimate fellowship with you, and you'll have a clear idea of what you need to do to make that relationship happen. And finally, you'll know for certain that you can expect more lasting results from your life than you ever thought possible."

She makes good on this prediction by filling her book with illustrative women's stories as she defines productivity levels of spiritual fruit. These levels provide the organization for the remaining chapters of the book.

One of my favorite points in the book is where she highlights the verse, "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away." Her reflections on traditional vineyard care along with a modified translation of the Greek for the text add a full measure of grace to this verse, bringing peace to anyone who wonders if she might be a candidate for the cast-off status this verse seems to imply. "A stronger rendering for airo [Greek word for takes away in the verse] is 'lift up' or 'take up.' (Other NT passages support this reading of airo. The same word is used for example when the disciples took up 12 baskets of food...and for when Simon was forced to carry Christ's cross.
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Format: Paperback
How does one obtain an abundant life? Is it even possible in today's world?

Darlene Marie Wilkinson has taken the wisdom from her husband's book, "Secrets of the Vine," and written it from a woman's perspective, creating an inspiring and encouraging read "Secrets of the Vine for Woman."

I thought this was an opportune time to share this book review. Right around the corner is harvesting time for our grapes. PERFECT timing, to share about this wonderful book.

Darlene does a wonderful job telling a continuing story throughout her book, of a father and his daughter caring for their vineyard. All while doing a beautiful job weaving in John 15 {the story of the vineyard.}

Every chapter was full of beautiful scriptural references to every single concept addressed. The book beautifully displayed the love of the Father, instead of an untouchable, unreachable God.

One of the points that stuck out to me was, truly grasping and understanding the concept between punishment and pruning, and for such reasons they occur in our lives.

"Secrets of the Vine for Woman" is a thin easy read. Perfect for busy homemakers, just like you, and me. I was easily able to incorporate it into my morning devos. Only 6 short chapters, followed by a study guide. Though the book is very small, it's message was very powerful, and has great potential to be life-changing! I've read it twice already! ;0)

The book was a wonderful read, packed full of great meat and substance to chew on. If you are ready to let go, and give God complete control of your life, and live a life of abundance, then this book is for you! You'll find encouragement on how to live a fruit bearing life for our Creator, Father & Friend. I very highly recommend it!

This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers. Review was solely based on my own honest opinions.I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
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