And she’s back with another book review!
I’m working at getting back in the habit of reading nonfiction after a long (unintentional) break this year, and goodness, reading nonfiction really is something I enjoy. So yay!
FIRST OFF, SOME STATS:
Find the book on: Amazon and Goodreads
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: October 16, 2018
BACK COVER BLURB:
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!
WHY I CHOOSE THIS BOOK:
During the last few years I’ve read a lot of parenting books. I thought perhaps it was time for me to read some marriage ones, too. 😉 Disclaimer, folks: I’m not married, nor have I ever been, so I’m not exactly the target audience for this book. I just enjoy learning and growing and figured this book could help with that.
Besides, on a somewhat shallow note, I really like the cover. It’s crisp, clean, welcoming, cozy, and looks pretty much like an Instagram photo.
WHAT I THOUGHT OF THIS BOOK:
This book was a breeze to read through because it’s full of challenges that you’re supposed to work on as you go along, and then has a lot of lines for the reader to fill out how the challenges went, what they worked on, etc… Since I’m single I obviously didn’t do the challenges so instead of reading the book over a six week period, I read it in one week.
If you were to ask me to describe the book in one word it would be Pratical. The book is full of good ideas, challenges, suggestions, and examples that all kept with the theme of being very practical and things that pretty much any wife would be able to do. It’s written for a large range of wives – those with everything under control, those who have lots of attention-grabbing little kids, and those who feel like their marriage is about to fall apart.
The author continually goes back to the Bible to back up what she has to say, and that was a big winner for me. She gives great ideas of things to pray for your husband, verses to memorize that will help you be a better wife, and how to find strength from God during hard times. She also shares candidly (although not in detail) how her marriage hasn’t always been a bed of roses, and how she’s had to grow as a wife. That made her seem very relatable and lent credence to her words.
The main thing that I thought was a little bit weird was that there were hashtags for each of the challenges. (Like, you make his favorite meal then if you want to post online you could with a specific hashtag, etc…) I understand that this is because the author has a whole online community for wives, so I guess it is nice for them to be able to look up the hashtags and get ideas. It just seems strange to me. 😉
This book was written for wives, so there’s obviously wife-ish things in it, but nothing too detailed.
Overall it was very encouraging, uplifting, and as I said, practical.
I’m giving Bless Your Husband 4 out of 5 stars and am thankful for the publishers for sending me it for free. (Well, so I could write the review, but you know….)