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The Fruitful Wife: Cultivating a Love Only God Can Produce Paperback – September 30, 2012
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About the Author
Hayley DiMarco is the best-selling author of over 30 books, including God Girl, Mean Girls, and Die Young. She and her husband, Michael, run Hungry Planet, a company focused on producing books that combine hard-hitting biblical truth with cutting-edge design in Nashville, Tennessee.
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In 2002 Hayley left Nelson and founded Hungry Planet, a company intensely focused on feeding the world's appetite for truth by producing books and new media, taking on issues of faith and life with a distinctly modern voice. Shortly after founding Hungry Planet, Hayley successfully completed a nationwide executive search for someone to run the company so she could focus on writing. She describes her husband, Michael, as her most successful business acquisition!
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So, why only three stars? On page 90 I ran into a huge problem in Di Marco's comment that "obsessive compulsive disorder, hypochondria, and other social phobias" are "neurosis that are born in our spirits" that are formed when we have "an immoderate attachment to something other than God". I am not sure what the author's mental health credentials are, but I know that these are not just social phobias but are real neurological and biochemical illnesses. In the case of OCD, it is often comorbid with other conditions such as autism, tourette's, and bipolar disorder, to name a few.Read more ›
First, I must note that there was a lot in the book that I did not quite agree with doctrinally, and a few interpretations of scripture that did not sit well with me. However, I want to make it clear that my low rating on this book is due almost entirely to other reasons (which I will go into in a moment), and not because the author's faith and interpretation of doctrine differs from mine; I don't feel that it would be fair to give the book such a low rating purely because the author's religious views differ from my own.
First, the positives:
I actually loved and appreciated the chapter on Joy. Her thoughts and discussion on the virtue of joy were very uplifting and inspiring; I loved the part about how a joyful wife can be a blessing to her husband and family.
I also LOVED the conclusion chapter, in which DiMarco discusses the vine and the branches which bring forth fruit, and how ours is an active role in developing the fruit in our lives.
Onto the things I did not like about this book:
I felt that the overall tone of this book was actually very negative. Yes, there were many Biblical references and much discussion about the nine virtues. A lot of this was very informative and inspirational. But whenever the author used personal examples and stories from her life, it was all very negative.Read more ›
I do like the content of this book. I have read some of DiMarco's books in the past and I have found them to be hit or miss. I felt that the author did a very good job explaining the fruits of the spirit, and I feel that the work is spiritually sound. I agree with some other reviewers who take issue with DiMarco's statements on mental illness. I truly hope that Mrs. DiMarco does not feel that some people develop mental illness due to idolatry or other sin - this is the type of backwards thinking that causes Christians who do have mental illness to suffer in silence, and may prevent others from seeking help from the church. Other than her statements about mental illness, this book was a pleasant read.
So, here's what I was wrong about, I thought you couldn't have all the fruits of the spirit at once. Turns out that not only can you, but you should and it's pretty easy to get, if you're willing to put in the work. And the work is clinging to Jesus.
The Fruitful Wife goes through all the spiritual fruits in Galatians 5:22-23 and shows how they relate to our lives as wives. She shows clearly the areas that we struggle in and how they can look when we are living a life that is dependent upon Jesus and looking to share the fruits of the spirit.
Each chapter is a different fruit, my favorite being gentleness. I was encouraged to read that I do not have to be bullish during moments of sharing the truth. God is gentle with us during times of correction and I feel like that is what The Fruitful Wife has offered me, a moment of correction from wrong thought and wrong action. I hope that it also means that I will experience more fruits in my life so that I can share them with not only my husband but with the world as well.
A copy of this book was shared with me for purposes of review from Crossway via NetGalley.
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I lost interest in this book after about 5 chapters. It was great at first but it started to feel repetitive - and I felt like I was wasting my time reading when I could just... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love this book! All the women at my church are reading it and growing from it!!! Thank you Hayley👍Published 5 months ago by Javotta
Great book, easy read!! I recommend this book for all women, not only Christian women!Published 7 months ago by lynn henry
"The Fruitful Wife" by Hayley DiMarco is a non-fiction book about the study of the role of a wife from the biblical point of view. Read morePublished 7 months ago by rebecca stoneking
I am a huge Hayley DiMarco fan and currently own approximately nine other books of hers. I just finished reading the first chapter on Love and it was phenomenal. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bianca M. Moody
God is so good to call us and change us. He is good even if he didn't. He is good to bless Hayley DiMarco with the words of this book.Published 9 months ago by Jana T. Reaves
so far I like it already and I just start reading the bookPublished 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very inspiring and good advice for anyone who desires to have a better relationship with their spouse.Published 10 months ago by Robyn Farber