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Douglas Wilson is pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho, and editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine. He is the author of Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning, Reforming Marriage, and Her Hand In Marriage.
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  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Canon Press; 1 edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 188576751X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885767516
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #672,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Ethan VINE VOICE on August 9, 2000
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The books thesis: To be a truly Christian husband is to love one's wife as Christ loves His Church.
How does Wilson undertake his task?
First, he points the reader to a definition of "federal headship" and the covenantal language of relationships which are based in Christ. An interesting point that Wilson makes is that many times, when husbands have marital difficulties with their wives, the men are quick to say "It's her fault. She just isn't a Biblical wife" (or some variation of blaming the wife). But as a Federal Husband, the man is ultimately responsible for all sinful activity in the house and cannot blame any in his house for any shortcomings.
The second section deals with the pitfalls of husbandry. The chapter basically covers the responsibilities of husbands "as well as some of the common sins which husbands frequently commit." Wilson deals with caring for the "conjugal relations, provision of clothing and provision of food." He also details the respect due to a wife/mother and the husbands role in godly parenting, what it means to treat your wife like a lady and the role of the husband in his occupation.
The third section is really, really good. Wilson takes on the masculinist, traditionalist, egalitarian and feminist views of family and headship by posing the hierarchical/Biblical view. He makes the case that women are not to submit to men "generally," nor or women subservient to men. She has a duty to her husband to provide help and submit (but only to him). Women do not have a duty to "submit" to just any person. "Submit" is handled in more detail within the book for those of you who may be a little upset right now.
Next Wilson discusses feminine beauty...
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As a husband of 27 years and a father of six children, as well as, a serious student of the Bible, this book changed my life and my behavior towards my wife.

Wilson sets forth the principles of a "Federal Husband" so clearly, that in the vast majority of instances, to argue with the points Wilson makes is to argue with God. Perhaps the most important lesson I learned is found on p 18 where Wilson states, "As Christ assumed responsibility for things He didn't do, so husbands should be willing to do the same for their wives."

Essentially, I learned - unforgetably from this book - that I am responsible for the condition of both my marriage and my family. If anyone is to receive blame, it is to be me!
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Great sequel to Reforming Marriage. I used this book in our church to teach and encourage husbands how to see their brides through Christ's eyes. I found it helpful to have a Bible rich text written for husbands describing our role from Eden to eternity.
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i was a bit surprised at the book. i am a covenantal husband myself, with a Proverbs 31 wife. i started reading this book in preparation for a small group study, expecting to be in resounding agreement with it. Now i find myself in a bit of a quandry. i agree with 75-80% of what he purports, and disagree with almost 90% of the reasons he gives for what he purports. His scripture references are twisted a bit and the logic he uses as to why we should do these things is seriously flawed in many instances. He consistently misses the best arguments for his positions. This is disturbing from an author that touts discipline and scholarship.
Where his logic is not blatantly flawed, or his scripture interpretations far from definitive, he enlists the support of vague arguments which he purports to the reader as "given". The "given" positions from which he often argues are far from empirical--out and out wrong many times (in my opinion). His subsequent positions hang in the air and the reader is to take his word for it that they levitate. An example from Section One(which is rife with this problem), page 17, 2nd para.:
"The relation that exists between us and Adam is clearly a covenantal one."
That is all Doug Wilson says about there being a covenantal relationship between Adam and all humanity. He immediately goes on to discuss the subsequent impacts of that relationship (the entire rest of the book), but says nothing, before or after, about how he arrived at that point.
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An excellent & very helpful read. Wilson's clarity on the various subjects addressed is unparalleled. Every husband, or hopeful husband, should read this book.
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By Ben Whiting on December 11, 2012
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Arrived in good time, quite pleased with it's good condition-would definitely recommend using you again! Thank you so much for your work-appreciate it!
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Will piss you off if you're not either a Bible-believing Christian or a very, very old-fashioned man (or woman). Great book, concise, well-written.
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This a great book that is supported through scripture. We should make this required reading for our children. It is an eye opening book and wish I would have read it before marriage. I plan to read it again.
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