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In Search of the Proverbs 31 Man
Random House, Inc / 2003 / Paperback
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We've heard much about the virtuous Proverbs 31 wife. But what godly characteristics should Christian women be seeking or nurturing in a man? McKinney Hammond digs into God's Word for thought-provoking examples of traits that distinguish a husband (or potential husband) of "noble character." Essential reading for dating singles of either sex.
The Secrets to Finding, Nurturing–or Being–an Irresistible Man.
Never before has the search for real connection between the sexes been more important–or more confusing. Single women want to know what they should ask for–not settle for–in a mate, while married women wonder how they can nurture godly character traits in their husbands. Men, both single and married, wonder what women really want. Both genders are long on questions and short on answers.
Where Can Men and Women Go for Help?
In Proverbs 31, Scripture presents a powerful composite of a virtuous woman. But what about the virtuous man–what does the Bible say about him? Popular Bible teacher Michelle McKinney Hammond tackles this timely and important question, digging into Scripture to study key men–from Adam to Christ himself, the ultimate bridegroom–to learn what God requires of husbands and men, and to lay out a trustworthy model of how men and women can live in healthy, fulfilling relationship.
Find out what you can do to identify, nurture–or become–a truly godly man and mate in In Search of the Proverbs 31 Man.
“This is not a man bashing book, but one that champions the original design for their lives. Women need real men.” –Michelle McKinney Hammond
Michelle McKinney Hammond, founder of HeartWing Ministries, is a vibrant author and speaker known for her insights into relationships between men and women. Her books include How to Be Blessed and Highly Favored, The Power of Femininity, and Secrets of an Irresistible Woman. She has been a keynote speaker for several women’s conferences, including Women of Virtue and Focus on the Family conferences, and is co-anchor of the Chicago-based, syndicated, Emmy-nominated TV talk show Aspiring Women.
Michelle McKinney Hammond states in In Search of the Proverbs 31 Man, I hope to champion God's original design for a man's life. She says that the reason male/female relationships are in a constant state of frustration is because most men don't have a clue as to what women want and only a vague idea what God wants. Harmony and vibrant love are absent in many marriages. And whereas perfection will not be attained in this life, Hammond wisely advises men to pursue it anyway so that they can please both God and their wives.
Hammond works with men and women to mend broken relationships and to help couples find new and purer ways of loving each other. Her previous books include The Power of Femininity and How to Be Blessed and Highly Favored. She speaks at numerous women's retreats and conferences across America, and she is co-host of the television talk show Aspiring Women.
This is not a male-bashing book, although Hammond thinks of men as diamonds in the rough. She suggests to men that if they want to know what women want, desire and deserve, they should first establish a strong relationship with God, who will then reveal insights on successful relationship building commitments.
The author says that women will be both submissive and supportive of their men if the men will clear a path of holiness for them. A lasting covenant in marriage centers on God and each other. No longer does one say mine, but now ours. Commitment to the marriage vows demands that a man have a continuous pursuit of his wife's love. One particular chapter, Picture Perfect Love, explains how a man can pattern his love for his spouse on the model of Christ's love for His church.
This is a book that single men, engaged men, and certainly men can use to strengthen or save their marriages. Read it once, put its ideas into practice, and then take it out and re-read it once a year. -- Dale R. Criswell, Christian Book Previews.com
"Men, if you want to become a truly godly man and husband, In Search of the Proverbs 31 Man is a must-read. Women, if you want to know what to look for and nurture in a lifelong mate, this book is for you, too."
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