- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Moody Publishers; New edition (May 1, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780802408693
- ISBN-13: 978-0802408693
- ASIN: 0802408699
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, if you have been a Christian wife following the teachings of the Bible and acting out biblical womanhood for any length of time most of this book will be a repeat of what you already know. The book is very familiar. It might be better for you to move on to meatier subjects rather than rehashing what the Bible has already clearly laid out.
It is a good tool to have on your shelf for a specific audience. This book would be an excellent resource for a young woman that is soon to be married or maybe even if she is newly married. If you are further along in your faith and you have been walking in biblical womanhood for some time I would suggest you spend your time elsewhere.
She goes right to the Bible and examines what the true intent of the text in Genesis 2:18 is. As a result, she explains that the word helper means a wife is to be her husband's friend, lover, strength, protector, help and comforter. The rest of the book is devoted to fleshing out what these terms mean in practical ways.
Each chapter closes with a section on Finding & Fulfilling Your Calling, which asks questions designed to help you apply the key points of the chapter. The book is designed to enable each wife become the kind of person God wants her to be and that her husband needs.
Anyone who complains about the way the author covers submission must not be in agreement with the idea that the couple is more important than either of the partners in a marriage. She states, "Submission to your husband flows out of your sincere, faith-filled submission to the Lord."
Throughout the book, Elyse Fitzpatrick shares tidbits from her own life, but the best applications will come from working through the questions at the end of the chapters. In fact, the only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars is that it requires the reader to work through the tough questions about how this would look in her own life, so if you don't take the time to really work through the questions she poses, you won't benefit nearly as much from the book.