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About the Author

Elizabeth George, whose books have sold more than 9 million copies, is the author of A Woman After God's Own Heart (more than 1 million copies sold) and Breaking the Worry Habit...Forever! She's also a popular speaker at Christian women's events. Elizabeth and her husband, Jim, are parents and grandparents, and have been active in ministry for more than 30 years.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (January 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736911677
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736911672
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,382 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elizabeth George is bestselling author and national speaker dedicated to helping people live a life after God's own heart. For over 30 years, the teachings and steadfast example of Elizabeth has helped countless men and women:

- Simplify life by focusing on God's priorities.
- Appreciate God's Word and apply it to everyday situations.
- Respond to circumstances with confidence by seeing yourself through God's loving eyes.
- Increase closeness in marriage by serving and honoring each other.
- Powerfully shape the hearts of children and teenagers.
- Enjoy greater intimacy with God.

Women around the world are drawn to Elizabeth's approach of daily starting with the Bible to handle life's challenges. Her ability to weave biblical truth into everyday issues has led readers to make over 15 of her books bestsellers. Elizabeth's distinctive work, A Woman After God's Own Heart, has sold over 1 million copies and received the ECPA Platinum Book Award. Likewise, her delightful book, A Girl After God's Own Heart, remains a treasured gift for moms and grandmothers and made the CBA Bestseller List for fourteen consecutive months.

Elizabeth also encourages women through her radio broadcast, "A Minute for Busy Women," featured on Christian radio stations across America and at www.OnePlace.com. She is also a regular keynote speaker at women's conferences and retreats.

In the midst of their busy writing schedule, Elizabeth and Jim love spending time with their two married daughters and eight grandchildren, taking daily walks along golden sands, and enjoying the beautiful Hawaiian sunsets. They divide time residing in Honolulu, Hawaii and the Washington State coast.

For more information, visit: www.ElizabethGeorge.com

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55 of 64 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
This book goes back to the bible for its direction. I know a lot of women read these books and think that they shouldn't "follow" or have a man "lead" but there's something to it. Marriage as God intended is not what we practice today, which may explain the divorce rate. Trust me, this book will change your life, as well as your husband's. You can not read this book and not have it make a huge impact on how you conduct yourself as a Christian wife.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Wilhelm on December 5, 2006
Format: Paperback
The outline of the book is outstanding. It's a shame some people may misread and misinterpret much of what George is relating from her own life experiences. She could have spent more time and space reflecting on the Biblical guidelines for a happy marriage, as well as examples or illustrations from other people rather than herself. The whole issue of submission should not overshadow the role of the wife to provide a check and balance for success and happiness in a marriage.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rene on March 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book is exactly what I needed. I suggest that every new wife and seasoned vets should read this book if you are trying to become a Christian Wife. This book has taught me alot about God, myself and my marriage. I truly recommended this book!
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31 of 42 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on August 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
I feel the need to defend this book a little bit, as it has been pretty well slammed by some other readers. Elizabeth George has a God-given talent for telling it like it is. The reason why several readers have negative feedback for this book, is that she tells the truth about what Scripture actually says. Wives ARE to submit to their husbands and be obedient them. Husbands are put in authority over their wives. In turn, the husband is to love the wife as Christ loves the Church. Of course husbands are not perfect and have their own flaws. A wife is supposed to be his help-meet, though and offer her own counsel in daily situations. It is not the wife's place to be the spiritual leader of the home, nor should the responsibility of providing for the household fall on her shoulders. Her congregation is her children and her pulpit the kitchen table. She should focus her preaching to the children, not her husband. All the time spent controlling him would be much better spent in prayer. I don't understand why so many women want to be so free of authority in their lives. If you have a problem with obeying your husband, than it's possible that your real beef is with God, since that is the way He designed it all to begin with. Read this book. It will help you get back to the basics of what being a wife is all about.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Fox on January 27, 2007
Format: Paperback
For a godly woman, the "ideas" in this book will not come as a shock or a way "to keep women in their place." It's God's plan that the husband should be the leader and the wife should be his helpmate. God has simply given us different roles through His word. Ephesians 5: 22-24 reads "Wives submit to your own husbands , as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as also Christ is ahead of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything." Then in Ephesians 5: 25, 28-29 reads "Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it....So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church." For this Paul has been at times labeled a "woman-hater." However this is God's word as we see in I Timothy 3: 16-17 that "All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work." That is God's plan for the marriage, and God's plan does not change with the times. It's absolutely imperative to understand what the Bible teaches not only on this subject, but in all things. Study God's word to know what the will of the Lord is, and please "enter by the narrow gate." Obedience to His word is key.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By R. Addington on January 14, 2010
Format: Kindle Edition
I am just over halfway through this book, but maybe because I've recently read some EXCELLENT books on the same topic, George's just isn't doing it for me. I agree with the reviewer who thought her "advice" to not talk for a whole day was a bit (or rather, a LOT) off the mark. My husband happens to enjoy talking with me, and I with him. Some of her principles are okay, but they are mostly the ones that seem common sense. Some, like the not talking suggestion, are just a little too out there for me. While I do agree that God intended my husband to be the spiritual leader in our home, I do not believe that he is to be my master or my "lord". The new testament is very clear on submission, and states that it (submission) is to come from BOTH spouses! My other issue is her writing style. Dear friend, precious reader...ick. Talk (write) to me as though I am an adult, not a 5 year old!

I suggest Becoming the Woman of His Dreams, by Sharon Jaynes, and also Every Woman's Battle, by Shannon Ethridge. They are both excellent resources on this topic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kldelaney on March 15, 2014
Format: Paperback
I grew up with much older sisters so I was like an only child with 5 mothers. I went into my marriage with the attitude that he was to dote on me and I should always get my way. He seemed more than happy to comply for the first few years. When he began asking me to do some little things around the house, like dishes or vacuum, I did not take him very seriously since he had always done these. So the battle began. The dishes piled up until one of us gave in...always him. I knew he couldn't handle having them sit in the sink for too long.

Then one day I found this book by Elizabeth George. My initial thoughts about getting this book, "Maybe this will give me ways to change my husband." Hah, did I have another thing coming.

A Wife After God's Own Heart eased me into God's desire for a godly wife. Using biblical examples and super simple things to apply to my daily life our marriage was being transformed. She starts it simple with using a one word answer for things, "sure". Start small, when he asks you to do something, like the dishes, just say "sure" and do it. No questions, excuses, etc. Then I began doing the dishes without being asked. His first thoughts were "I wonder what she wants". I would often 'do' to 'get' and obviously I had done it enough that he instantly suspected. But I did dishes for a month without being asked and didn't stop. Then it happened with the laundry then with basic housecleaning. He actually asked me one day "Who are you and what have you done with my wife?" My transformation was just so vivid and sincere. He has never asked for a Proverbs 31 wife or a home maker just a wife that loves him and helps with life and all the daily things that come with it.

As I finished the book I realized I had changed.
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