- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Emerald House Group, Incorporated (May 11, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1620206161
- ISBN-13: 978-1620206164
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 32 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Leader's Wife: Living with Eternal Intentionality™ Paperback – May 11, 2018
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About the Author
Debby Thompson and her husband Larry have served in global missions with Campus Crusade for Christ International since 1974, and are counted among the pioneers of Western missionaries who lived covertly behind the Iron Curtain in communist Poland. In total, the Thompsons spent 33 years in Eastern Europe, witnesses to a period of dramatic social, political, and spiritual change. Now living in Cincinnati, Debby is a speaker, writer, and mentor for women around the world.
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Debby shares out of her years of raising a family covertly as missionaries behind the iron curtain. In a very readable way, she gives insight into the value and necessity of maintaining a healthy and intimate spiritual relationship with God. She humbly communicates her failures and successes, and I love how she brings in the stories from the lives of other great women married to Christian leaders.
I’m not a big reader, but this book was easy for me to read through in a few sittings, and it kept me engaged and wanting to read more.
Early in the book Debby states, “… across the globe, I meet wives of leaders who suffer a common spiritual dysfunction. Though they long to be everything God created them to be, their experience and their desire do not match. A disconnect exists between what they know to be true and what they experience in life.”
I think this is true of most of us women in ministry at various times in our lives. This book encourages each woman to a consistent walk in a relationship with God and to live with eternal intentionality.
The questions at the end of each chapter are helpful. They caused me to personally apply what was presented, and to review the chapter if I had forgotten – between readings – what was written. And I appreciated her summary at the end of the book: “As you pursue your goal, living with eternal intentionality, I im¬plore you to live desperately dependent on Him. Then you will declare with the psalmist: “We went through fire and water, but you brought us to a place of abundance” (Psalm 66:12). That place of abundance is a Person, our Alpha and Omega.”
I highly recommend this little book to all Christian women, especially those married to leaders.
I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review, but the opinions expressed are my own.
Even the best-intentioned of us usually live life on the run, meeting the needs around us, often only dimly aware that our relationship with a spouse in leadership carries more responsibility and more stress than average. We need a trusted roadmap, and Mrs. Thompson provides a valuable one to help us make the most of our opportunity to influence with loving grace and discernment.
She reminds us that a wife holds such influence over her husband's effectiveness as a leader that: "the quality and tenor of their relationship either puts wind in his sails or holes in his hull."
Then, to delineate how a wife can put wind in her husband's sails, I love how the author shares conversations she has had over the years with godly women such as Elizabeth Eliot, Vonette Bright, and Ruth Bell Graham, as well as cameos from the lives and letters of Abigail Adams, Barabara Spooner and others. In mingling these stories in with her own memorable experiences of challenge and impact, she provides to the reader inspiration, laced with down-to-earth practicality.
I also love how Debby Thompson includes:
* prayers to pray for our husbands and marriages
* reminders that gratitude is a game changer
* tips for living with eternal intentionality
* advice on healthy boundaries
* suggestions for enjoying God's gift of sexuality
* thoughts on how to be a good listener
* great questions to strengthen a marriage.
As a reader, I found priceless advice on every page. I know this is a book I will return to often and will repurchase frequently to give as gifts to the women around me.
Thank you, Debby Thompson, for writing this book!
( I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, but the opinions expressed are my own.)