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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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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (September 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433530708
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433530708
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
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By booklass VINE VOICE on December 20, 2012
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This book was given to me for my review. The Fruitful Wife by Hayley Di Marco is a hard review for me to write because it was, to me, almost perfect as to the subject matter and how the author chose to address it. The "fruit of the Spirit" has always been difficult for me to understand when it comes to actual definition and how it should manifest in my life. Di Marco breaks down each fruit of the spirit one by one: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. The author makes it clear that obtaining this fruit begins in abiding in Christ, and she details how that looks in a believer's life. Once she establishes the root of the fruitful life, she expands on the fruit in minute detail, giving many examples. I truly appreciated the clarification because I always found that while Galatians 5:22-23 is often quoted, how to personally apply it is often vague. I personally thought that her chapter on JOY alone was worth the price of the book. It certainly inspired me, but I found many inspirational moments throughout the book.
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.
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I really liked the idea of this book and felt that the topic had a lot of potential. The cute cover and turquoise text also helped to draw me in - I was excited to read this book! Unfortunately, I felt that it did not live up to its potential and that it falls short of being a truly inspiring book to help improve marriages.

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.
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I've never actually commented on the physical properties of a book before, but in this case, the book itself nearly caused me not to finish it. This book is printed in a light aqua colored font, and it is hard for me to read, especially with a book light (I do most of my reading in bed) I found that I could only read a little at a time, otherwise I developed a headache.

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.
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I needed to read this book. God convicted me of something that I had said while in Bible study a few months ago. I am happy to say that I was wrong, completely and totally. And I am so thankful that God used Haley DiMarco's book to show me, because that means that there are other people who can experience exactly the same revelation.

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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