Book Review: A Wife’s Secret to Happiness #wifestylin

In A Wife’s Secret to Happiness, author Jen Weaver says God longs to give eleven specific blessings to your life and marriage. She explores those gifts by sometimes tackling controversial issues in our culture today… submission, respect, interdependence and busyness, among others. I guarantee this book will make you squirm. Even as I celebrate my 30th anniversary this year, I find multiple areas in A Wife’s Secret to Happiness that challenge me to keep growing as a wife.

Jen Weaver is a millennial who is reaching out to her generation with a genuine love for Jesus and His Word. She’s a wife and mom working to flesh out the principles of God’s love in the context of her marriage, and she does so with refreshing transparency.

All girls walk down the aisle toward marital bliss, but few find the happily ever after. Jen proposes that we are looking instead, for unity, provision, safety, intimacy and partnership.

“Submission is divine empowerment that culture has confused and the enemy has contorted to mean oppression.” Jen uses the story of Naaman to illustrate her point. Naaman had leprosy and was told by the man of God to go and wash in the waters of the River Jordan. But Naaman was a person of influence who felt he was above following orders. When he submitted to the directions, he received the healing. Jen uses Naaman’s story, and others like him, to help us understand the blessings we receive when we do things God’s way. And really, that is the whole point, that following God’s plan is the way we find self-worth and confidence, instead of expecting our husbands to define who we are.

“Your man is part of God’s generosity in your life- the human heart to love you like Christ loves the church. Even if he falters, he is still part of God’s provision. Your man is not the ultimate provider. God is.”  Do you see how this is a heart issue? We’ve been chasing happiness instead of chasing God. He wants to meet our needs. He wants a relationship with each of us!

Jen says we are warriors, “doing mighty things in our families and marriages.” Just as Queen Esther filled a unique position and function as King Xerxes’ wife. She didn’t “usurp her husband’s authority or throw his stupidity in his face. She seeks the Lord and proves her character is of great worth.”

Jen brings up hard issues, and they’re hard to implement. But she also raises an important question. What does it mean to honor my husband?

Buy this book and explore the nuances in your own relationship with your husband. Look at the quizzes and online bonus tools. You just may be inspired to get a renewed perspective on your marriage, too!

I am giving away a copy of A Wife’s Secret to Happiness, courtesy of Leafwood Publishers, to one reader in the continental United States. Leave a comment on my blog (at the top of this post, under the title) about one of the ways you honor your marriage, and you will be entered into the drawing to be held on Saturday morning, March 25.

Join the #wifestylin movement!

Sally

Disclosure of Material: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The BlogAbout Network book review program in exchange for a fair and honest review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s CFR Title 16, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

14 thoughts on “Book Review: A Wife’s Secret to Happiness #wifestylin”

  1. I remember The Rock from whence I’ve been cut and remind myself my husband can’t save me nor can he solve it. But Jesus DID.

  2. Dear Sally. Your “simple” question as to how I honor my husband provoked a deep heart search within me and I realized that there are areas that I continue to work on. This is both our second marriages and at times past learned behaviors appear. With that being said, I honor my husband by communicating respectfully and honestly with him.

    1. Gail, I know what you mean about the heart search. This book is thought-provoking. Blessings to you as you carve out a new path with your hubby!
      Thank you for entering the drawing 😉

  3. The way I honor my husband is by submitting to him even when I don’t agree. I feel this also speaks to my children. I am blessed beyond measure to be a stay at home mom and my husband wants me to be home to take care of the children/house. I consider it an honor.

  4. My husband is a youth pastor and the way I honor our marriage is by coming alongside him in his ministry and working with the kids. I’m honored to not only be his partner in life, but also to be his partner in ministry!

    1. Great job, Andrea! My hubby is a pastor, too, and says the support of his wife is immeasurable. 😉 Keep loving & being a sounding board for your hubby!
      Thanks for entering the drawing!

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