- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Crossway Books (September 20, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1581347863
- ISBN-13: 978-1581347869
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,313,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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How to Pray for Your Wife: A 31-Day Guide Paperback – September 20, 2006
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"What a great idea! What a great book! And what a gift for a man to give to his wife-regular, intentional, and focused prayer."
—Steve Brown, author, A Scandalous Freedom: The Radical Nature of the Gospel; host, Key Life
"Mark Weathers' fresh translation and application of this ancient wisdom poetry makes the text come alive and invites a husband to pray biblically for his wife."
—Denis and Margie Haack, Ransom Fellowship
"Mark Weathers has written an informative and practical book that will help every godly man enhance his prayers for his wife."
—Dan Doriani, Senior Pastor, Central Presbyterian Church
"Provides clear, practical, and grace-centered guidance for Christian husbands to learn how to pray for and love their wives as Christ loved the church."
—Dave Vosseller, Associate Pastor of Ministry Development, Spring Valley Presbyterian Church
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Here's a great sample of one of the explanation and prayers in this book (from Day 5 "Rewards"), based on Prov. 31:12 "She shows him good, not evil, all the days of her life"
"When loving and respecting are done in God's strength, the marriage becomes a beautiful cyclical dance: The husband shows his wife love by cherishing and protecting her, and the wife gives honor and respect to her husband. When one partner happens to give in to sin and `misses a step,' the other partner does not retaliate but keeps the dance moving forward."
1. Lord, give me the grace to love my wife always and to provide her with the security she needs.
2. Help me to be a deserving husband my wife can easily respect, and help my wife to show goodness and grace to me even when I don't deserve it. (p. 40).
Husbands, you are called to lead your wives spiritually. If we are honest, most of us have no idea how to do that. One of the best ways to learn how to do this is to pray for her - specifically, biblically and daily. This book is a tool that will help you do just that. Get it today! And wives, if you are reading this, grab one for your husband!
Because of this concern, Mark Weathers, co-pastor at Providence Presbyterian Church in Concord, North Carolina, decided to write a book--a 31-day study guide--to help men learn to pray for their wives. How To Pray For Your Wife follows through the well-known words of the thirty-first chapter of Proverbs, providing 31 brief meditations and prayer suggestions.
Weathers considers this book an "interactive prayer journal." Each day's entry features three things: the author's translation of the original Hebrew words; his explanation pointing out significant details about the text and how they point to Christ and the covenant; and supplication--starting points for your own prayers. There are blank spaces provided for husbands to write their own thoughts and prayers. The book also features a short study guide designed to help pastors and teachers in their teachings on marriage.
On the whole I found the meditations and prayers quite helpful. I opted not to make this into a 31-day read, but may well do that in the future. The meditations are nearly always grounded in Scripture and the prayers were often very helpful in pinpointing exactly what it is I should pray for on my wife's behalf. The book was beneficial to me even though I did not read it in the way it was intended. Though there were a couple of small missteps where the author quotes Brother Lawrence or Henri Nouwen rather than focusing on Scripture, the majority of the text is focused on the Bible.
Leslie, who writes reviews for Discerning Reader says rightly that "All Christian husbands and wives will enjoy and benefit from How to Pray for Your Wife. Encouraging and thought provoking, it will deepen a husband's prayers for his wife. The study guide included at the end may prove helpful to pastors who frequently counsel couples. Young men desiring excellent wives may also profit from this book." I would gladly recommend this book to any husband who desires to pray for his wife more earnestly and more effectively.