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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 (183 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book will change your life and marriage.
Jacquelin F. Chivers
When applying the truth of God's word to your marriage transformation will begin and you will enjoy honoring the Lord and your husband.
kath4Christ
This book is great for wives, very biblical, easy to read, to the point and Convicting!!
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95 of 107 people found the following review helpful By "christianmom9" on May 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
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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96 of 109 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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165 of 201 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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85 of 102 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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45 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Michele Edwards on July 21, 2001
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I highly recommend this book! It is a great resource for new and old Christians alike. The object is NOT to teach the wife how to make the marriage perfect all by herself (as one of the other reviews implied). This book's goal is to show you Biblcal tools that you can use to begin letting God change and mold your character to be more like Christ's. It is every Christian's responsibility to cultivate a deeper and more intimate relationship with God, and to become more like Jesus. That is our first ministry. For the Christian wife, her second ministry is to her husband. This book shows you scriptural principles that teach you how to become more like Christ THROUGH proper responses to your husband. Your ministry to your husband is the vehicle which God is going to use to change you. As you apply these principles, you will become a more godly wife and your marriage will become more fulfilling, because YOUR focus and expectations will be changed. But more importantly, you will be drawing closer to God and developing a more intimate relationship with Him, which is the most fulfilling of all! This book is written well and is easy to understand. I would recommend it even for those who are single, because the principles are very universal, and can easily be transferred to any other conflicts or situations in your life (relationships to your boss, siblings, parents, etc.) In fact I have been using it to teach these principles to my 8-year-old daughter, and she is responding very well. You want to buy this book.
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