Sara Horn's newest release is another hit! I fell in love with her writing when I read her Proverbs 31 Wife book last Christmas. Her witty, real-life, heartfelt writing carries through to the Submissive Wife book as well. This truly is a book for wives of all ages and is now on my list for wedding shower gifts, along with her Proverbs 31 book! Sara uses her real life experiences to share with us the joys, frustrations, fears and amazing changes being a submissive wife can bring to a marriage. Including her husband's thoughts and reactions to this whole submissive wife thing takes this book up a level, especially page 184, which particularly resonated with me and my marriage.
Read it, read it again, then pass it on to another wife who could use some encouragement.
One of my favorite authors! Sara brings to light a subject that is hard to swallow and not only shows the reality behind it, but though humor shows us the trials and successes of her self imposed challenge. Wonderful and easy read, perfect for women of all ages. Highly recommend if for self study or women's groups.
Sara's words are practical, thought-provoking, and encouraging. Her stories are funny and meaningful and more then once gave me a feeling of de-ja-vu. But even better then her easy reading, down to earth chapters, Sara has draws you to the heart of God. She uses Ephesians 5:22 to remind us that wives are to submit to their husbands as they do to God. So more importantly then coming to grips with submitting to my husband is submitting to the heart of God. Sara puts it as loving HIS way. Honor. Intention. Selflessness. This book brings a hard topic to life. Read it to laugh and be encouraged. But more importantly, use it as a platform to draw closer to the heart of God.
Submissive is probably not a word that most women would want to have describe them; after all, we come from the generation of Girls Can Do Anything Boys Can Do Only Better. We've been told to dream big, become independent, and successful. Not that there is necessarily anything wrong with having goals and dreams, but maybe we need to take a long look at what being submissive really means when it comes to marriage.
That's exactly what author Sara Horn did.
After her Proverbs 31 experiment, Sara felt that God was leading her on another journey, what it means to be a submissive wife. Many people, including her husband, questioned why she would want to do this new experiment. For Sara, it was finding out what God's will was for her as a wife and mom. Her journey is documented in her book My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife.
Sara writes honestly about her journey through the submission experiment. She discusses her highs and lows as she struggles to change her thinking, behavior, and attitude. I was able to relate to many of the things that Sara wrote about: the feeling/need to do it all, micromanaging a marriage whether you mean to or not, wanting more out of life/following your dreams, but not wanting that to interfere with your family responsibilities, and letting go so your husband can lead.
Like most women, Sara didn't feel the call to be a domestic goddess, although the experiment did help her look at the responsibilities of marriage and family a bit differently. Sometimes we can become resentful in having to cook and clean, in having to take care of children, and fulfilling other duties when it seems no one notices or helps. But in trying to live according to biblical submission, a new perspective is formed.
By the end of the book, I no longer viewed submission as a bad thing. Sara's story showed me that biblical submission can strengthen a marriage, yet, that submission and the process is different for each marriage.
I loved reading this book. I laughed. I cried. I felt convicted. Most of all, I feel motivated to work on being more submissive in my own marriage. I highly recommend this book to any woman who has a desire to become the wife that God has planned for her.
I received a free copy of this book from Sara Horn and Harvest House Publishers as part of The My Wife Team. I was asked to read and post an honest review of this book.
This book was an encouragement as Sara wrote from the heart, was honest, and shared her highs and lows of this experiment. What she learned, she shares with us amidst stories of her daily life. I laughed, cried, and nodded my head many times as I read this book. It is good to know we aren't alone in our struggle to balance being godly and submissive when we are strong, independent women living in a modern world. This is not a how-to book; it is a journal of Sara's year long experiment on how she looked to the Bible for how to love and be submissive to her husband. My So-Called Life as a Submissive wife would coincide well with her previous book, My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife.