After years and years of practice, I still fall (very) short of being the wife I want to be. I put my desires before my husband’s. I get frustrated with him. I could go on and on. . .
When I saw this book, I knew I wanted to read it to find ways to be intentional about blessing my husband. I know that I can get so caught up in what I’m doing that I miss out on opportunities to do this.
I have to confess it is a little intimidating writing this review. I have always been at least a little afraid of failure and disappointing others. With my husband helping proof-read my posts and getting the word out about the various reviews, he will now know I have this book and have read it. So if he can’t see a change, what message will that send him?
That said, my husband and my marriage are too important for me to not read this book and see what I can implement.
Bless Your Husband: Creative Ways to Encourage and Love Your Man
by Angela Mills
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date October 16, 2018
Genres: Christian Living
Written for: Adults
Sometimes, choosing to love your husband is hard. Whether you've been married one year or 31 years, chances are he's done things that have frustrated you, angered you, hurt you, or flabbergasted you. But after arguing over how to load the dishwasher yet again, you might be wondering how you can show him that you really do love him.
In as little as 15 minutes a day, you can do something meaningful for your husband and grow in your faith. From washing his car to writing a positive post about him on social media to watching his favorite movie with him, these pages are full of creative, simple, and interactive ideas on how to bless your husband. You'll discover daily Scripture verses, inspirational readings, and journaling prompts to encourage you as well!
I would like to thank Bethany House Publishers, Netgalley for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Bless Your Husband is written as a multi-week challenge, requiring just a few minutes reading a day and a lifetime of change. My plan was to read through once, and then if the suggestions were useful, to go back from the beginning and actually go through the challenge day by day. So my review won’t talk about how this book changed my marriage for the simple reason that I haven’t implemented a single thing I read.
I liked the way the book was arranged. Being set up to only take a few minutes a day to figure out what can be done for the day is perfect for women with full schedules. Which is pretty much all of us, right? While the time required to read through daily is easy, the thoughts behind them are not. They are challenging. The Biblical principles are solid and the message is important. Don’t pick this up because you want to learn how to manipulate your husband. Or God. Or put on an act. Unless you approach it with a goal of changing your heart and your heart alone, you will have missed the point!
Not all of the recommendations will apply to every wife, nor could they. Some suggestions are specifically geared toward a stay-at-home wife, which I’m not. But there are plenty of other options that would work for me and my circumstances.
Am I glad I got this book? Yes. Will I actually go through the challenges? I hope to. Do I recommend it for other wives? Absolutely. May the Lord use this to transform my heart and my marriage and may He do the same for you.