Friday, February 12, 2016

Book review The Peaceful Wife by April Cassidy

The Peaceful WifeThere may be many books on marriage, many books on wifehood, many books on love. But I am always on the lookout for new and convicting views on the topic. The Peaceful Wife was another refreshing yet convicting book on the topic! One of the best aspects of this book is that the author herself is an independent, strong, feisty woman who shares her stories and the lessons she has learned with the reader! This makes it easier for the reader, especially equally strong-willed woman to relate and learn from this book. I know I benefited greatly from it.
Now, I must admit I am not even married! Yet, I do not feel like reading this book was a waste of my time! I am storing up the knowledge and wisdom for the future. And needless to say, there are many relationships in my life which will benefit from a more peaceful approach!

This book is extremely balanced and Biblically-sound! The author has a great view on marriage and the differences between husband and wife. Although she believes wives should be helpmeets and serve their husbands, she isn't promoting over-submission or anything strange. This book is a key to a wonderful cohesion and friendship and mutual understanding between husband and wife.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. Thanks!

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.