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Product Details

  • Paperback: 257 pages
  • Publisher: Focus Publishing; Revised edition (September 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885904088
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885904089
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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114 of 127 people found the following review helpful By "christianmom9" on May 27, 2004
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Like many women my age, I grew up in a broken home, with mother in charge and never learned how to be a wife. When I married I brought in my life experience coupled with the poision that the modern media and culture works so hard to indoctrinate girls with.
Finally after a few shaky years, I found this magnificent book!
I began implementing the principles and have never regretted it for one moment! Not only has my marriage and family been strengthened, but my relationship with my Lord has as well.
Ladies, buy this book - you will not regret it!
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109 of 123 people found the following review helpful By William T. Clarke on March 29, 2004
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Both my wife and I have read this book together and will soon be reading the Exemplary Husband. These two books combine to provide a biblical view of marriage. What it does not do is take women back 300 years! What it does not do is teach women to be doormats or to simply sit quietly by while their husbands physically or mentall abuse them! It does not teach wives to be second class citizens to their husbands! Anyone that states any of these conclusions from the book did not read it closely or with an open mind.
What the book does do is explain to wives (and husbands if they take the time to read it!) is that there is a biblical structure for households in which the husband is the spiritual leader and the wife is to submit to her husband's lead. It does express a view that there is a hierarchy outlined in the bible for a household. The book very clearly states that husbands and wives have equal worth in God's eyes. However, like any institution, marriage runs better when there is one leader - in the bible's view this one leader should be the husband.
My wife and I have had a strong marriage that without realizing it followed fairly closely to the traditional role of husbands and wives. However, this book opened our eyes to ways in which we can improve our relationship. My wife is not a doormat. She has her opinions and I love her and respect those opinions. However, this book combined with our friendship, love, and respect have improved our marriage.
Read it with an open mind and you will come away with a renewed marriage.
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171 of 207 people found the following review helpful By C. Cunningham on July 12, 2000
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Martha Peace really knows how to tell it like it is! She gives you a good dose of tough love that is fully backed by scripture and never appears argumentative. She shares her testimony with us right up front, so we understand where she was in her walk and why she felt inspired to write this book.
The book starts off by covering foundational truths about God, sin and marriage, then focuses on the wife's responsibilities (1) to Christ, (2) in her home, and (3) to her husband. The core of the book is on the "s" word (submission), and I appreciated the way Peace handled the topic. She also includes a great section that helps a wife overcome any communication or conflict-solving challenges she may have. She even talks about dealing with fear, loneliness and anger (a big one for me!).
All in all this was a really great read. I learned quite a bit and I still refer to it often. I must say that this book has really helped my marriage blossom, and it has given me a direction for my own life that I didn't have before.
I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking into this subject. It was good reading and you didn't feel as if someone was "preaching" at you.
Cris
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97 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Atara on October 6, 2003
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As a former feminist, I am now preparing to marry. I purchased this book. First, I was amazed at the similarity between the secular Dominance and Submission relationships I've seen and this Biblical approach.
I think the message Martha is sending is a very conservative one - not leaving much room for personality.
I do however think there are many wonderful things to glean from this book. There is nothing wrong with being submissive! Now - if some of these were to read a book like this to MEN about how to be excellent leaders of their home, maybe some of these reviewers wouldn't be quite so hostile. How many people in today's world actually get to experience a loving, thoughtful, caring, and affectionate man who is a leader in his home? It's no wonder there is so much rebellion here! It is a joy to be submissive when I am loved, cherished and cared for. It really is a two way street. This is a complicated subject - but what can it hurt? If you don't agree with it - then bring it to the library.
My advice? Take what you need and leave the rest - you might need it later.
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111 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Liaglynn on February 16, 2009
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I held on up to pg. 175 after that, my husband showed me where and how she was incorrect and how much Martha mis-quoted the Holy Bible to fit how she wanted it to read. I have MANY reasons why I can't in good Christian faith recommend this book to any ladies out there. I will share a few w/ you & you can decide for yourself.

* All through out the book is sprinkled mis-quoted Bible verses taken completely out of context. Martha takes numerous verses (2-4) from the Word of God and entangles them to make one sentence. (ex: pg 162) She also will use only 2 or 3 words from an entire verse to prove her point. Come on ladies, anyone can twist the Word of God to say anything if we did that.

* I do work in the home, however On pg. 72, Martha claims that in Proverbs 31:11-31, "nine [verses] refer directly to her work in the home.." Upon your own reading of that passage, you will see that is incorrect. It is little things like this example that are, honestly, just lies about the Holy Bible. I don't see why she felt the need to lie about Scripture to back up her book.

* On pg. 78 Martha specifically states that among our husbands and family we should "Put your friends first even if it's time for your period." Through out the rest of the book she continues on stating that if an extra rest time or nap time is needed for our periods, we need to "plan it in your day and cheerfully explain" our naps and rest times are due to our periods. SERIOUSLY? How inappropriate in a house of young boys and to guests from church! That is plain rude to "explain" to your children and pastor! If that isn't enough, she goes on to say how a nap or rest in the day can be lazy and selfish.

* Martha makes up verses & gives no references to back up her opinions.
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