Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Peaceful Wife by April Cassidy

Product DetailsWhat happens when a woman becomes the wife God desires her to be?
In today's world, women are often rewarded for having type A personalities. Driven, demanding women achieve higher positions, better salaries, and praise for their ambition. They learn to be confident, take-charge leaders who can handle anything on their own. Yet when it comes to their marriages, those same traits can backfire. After all, no one goes into marriage hoping for a promotion. What is a wife to do?
April Cassidy knows this struggle firsthand. She thought she was a great Christian wife and begged God to make her passive husband into a more loving, involved, godly leader. Instead, God opened her eyes to changes that she needed to make, such as laying down her desire for control and offering genuine, unconditional respect--not just love--to her husband. The Peaceful Wife focuses on Cassidy's experience and its life-changing properties, providing a template for others to follow.
Cassidy's conclusions may be as shocking to readers as they were to her, but she backs up her own tale with stories from her blog readers, and also includes recommendations for further study. She walks through baby steps on how to change, addressing questions such as:
  • What is respect?
  • How can you show respect?
  • How is being respectful different from being loving?

In the end, The Peaceful Wife is a powerful path to God's design for women to live in full submission to Christ as Lord.

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April CassidyApril Cassidy Biography

My English teachers in high school encouraged me to be a writer. I prayed about being a missionary. My father just wanted me to get a degree that would help me make a decent living. I eventually settled on pharmacy school - thinking I could help a lot of people that way and provide a good living for myself.

Now - decades later - God has given me an opportunity to use the writing skills He gave me and my story as a wife and believer in Christ to reach women around the world for the Gospel. What an honor and a privilege to be here. I pray that God might richly bless you as you read about my struggles to understand what it means to be a godly woman and wife. God has done an incredible work in my life already - and I still have much to learn. What a blessing to share that with you and to be with you on this journey of discovery in Christ.

The FTC requires that I tell you I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Now check out what I thought.

Here is what I thought.....
This book is somewhat different than a lot of the books I have seen on being A submissive wife. A lot of books on this topic can be somewhat discouraging and unrealistic. This book however is much different. This book focuses on us as Christians first. Our responsibility is to Christ first not our husband first. This is to give us encouragement as well as the tools we need to change us from within. We can't do it on our own.
How many times have you thought "Why doesn't my husband ever listen to me?" Or "Why does he get so angry when I try to help him with something?" Are you discouraged in your marriage? This is probably the book for you.
I really did enjoy this book. April gave some insights I hadn't thought about before. For instance respect is a very big deal to most men. Respect is big but not in the way you think. They actually don't want a servant they want someone who will respect their opinion and submit to their decisions as head of household. Someone to respect them enough to let them lead. Another interesting thought is that true submission is not about our husband it starts in us. Our heart must be in tune and right with God to be truly submissive. In her book April goes into great detail about the true biblical meaning of being a submissive wife. In the book she actually argues against the common misconceptions of submission. She also gives great ideas for being the wife God would have you to be. The only real negative thing that I found was that some of her suggestions of how to respectfully talk to your husband actually came across as condescending to me. The suggestions she gave just didn't sound like a way that my husband would respond well to. This is just my personal situation and may work well for others.
I highly recommend this book to all women who are married, engaged or are thinking of getting married. Thank you to Kregel publishing and the author for the opportunity to review this book. A positive review was not required.

Check out my friend Amy's review on this same book @ Seasons of Opportunities

1 comment:

  1. Great Review! April makes some really good points.


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