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How Do I Love Thee?: A Devotional Journal for Wives Diary – August 24, 2015
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Jennifer Flanders wrote How Do I Love Thee? A Devotional Journal for Wives as a way for Christian women to consciously foster love and respect for their husbands in their hearts and minds. There are relevant Scripture verses on almost every page - either at the bottom of the page or taking up a whole page. And the whole journal is delightfully illustrated and framed with Victorian era designs and pictures. Great idea for a bridal shower gift or someone who is looking to improve their marriage even the tiniest bit (isn't that all of us?). I have read many marriage books, done many Bible studies, flipped through many journals, but nothing that quite puts it all together like Jennifer Flanders' How Do I Love Thee? There is something about remembering beautiful things from the past that makes things in the present brighter. I really enjoyed this book and think you will, too.
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The clipart used to decorate the journal pages here is adorablely Victorian / Edwardian in theme and Flanders is a pro at laying everything out so that the image perfectly enhances the writing prompt.
The early pages of the journal encourages wives to record thoughts and memories on their early years -- girlhood, college days, single in the city, etc -- giving wives a chance to look back and see how they've changed / progressed over the years. From single days memories the sections ease into memories of how you came to know your spouse, from the first meeting to a place to record details of the first date to comparisons between your friends and his. From there you can write memories of the proposal day / night and how your friends & family reacted to the news. The journal then progresses into places to record wedding planning & ceremony details, advice you were given in those early days (that maybe you need to be reminded of!), books that were memorable to you at the time, that sort of thing. Following that section, you record thoughts on your marriage as it currently is, but the thing to note here is that this journal is meant to focus on documenting all your spouse's most beautiful qualities -- something to return to whenever you two hit choppy seas!
As you might guess from the title, this journal also includes a full page illustrated print of Elizabeth Barrett Browning's poem "How Do I Love Thee?"
In her introduction, Flanders points out that there is no one way to use this journal. Wives are encouraged to not only write but sketch or doodle thoughts or even paste in favorite photos. One page of the journal even throws in a word search! Another feature I really enjoy about these journals is that the user is not necessarily limited to just journaling. One could also copy & print pages from these books and use them in other journaling or scrapbooking projects. The artwork also inspires one to think of DIY gift ideas. Some of the illustrations are full page pieces that could easily be scanned, printed, colored in and framed for a low-cost, high-sentiment gift. Additionally, if you're not married yourself, this would still make a lovely and memorable gift for any bride to be you happen to know. However you want to go about it, I still say this whole series of journals is great fun!
FTC Disclaimer: Bookcrash.com and author Jennifer Flanders kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are entirely my own.
This would be the perfect gift for a new bride, or even any married woman. It is literally for the whole journey of marriage start to finish. It starts out at the beginnings, talks about God's plan, goes through romance, children, and it's just something to keep throughout all your years.
What a great keepsake to have when your older to be able to reflect on your marriage. And how awesome for your children to look at this one day, and pass it on through generations. I don't know about everyone else, but I would have loved to have a book like this from my grandma or even great-grandma or before her!
This is a Christian book, and really shows how to love your spouse deeper in all way. It's a great way to keep you on track with scriptures, and faith as well. Sometimes life can get so busy and we are human we get swept right up in it not realizing what we are neglecting. It's the little things we don't always catch.
All in all this is a fantastic journal and I can't recommend it enough. It really got me thinking, looking back on me and hubby's journey from start to now, and thinking of the future.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a BookCrash member, in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.
While I think How Do I Love Thee? would make a perfect shower gift for the newly engaged, for those of you who have been married a long time😉, the journal will help you remember your first days of love — always a good thing!
Audience: married or engaged women.
(Thanks to the author and Book Crash for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)
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