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Do you long for a mentor to guide you in the art of being a wife? Rainey knows firsthand the challenges newly married women face! In wisdom-filled letters to her daughters and you, she shares personal stories and practical advice to help you craft your marriage into the masterpiece God designed it to be.
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.69 (inches)|
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Radio personality and bestselling author Barbara Rainey knows firsthand the challenges newly married couples face. Dismayed by Hollywood depictions of marriage and the seemingly easy solution of divorce, she sees a desperate need for a voice of experience, a mentor who has been there and understands--and can encourage, coach, and care.
As her daughters began their married lives, Barbara wanted to share with them, and now you, some of the lessons learned throughout her own marriage as well as those gleaned from years of ministry to couples. In these heartfelt, insightful letters, she answers the tough questions and addresses the realities of marriage. Through personal stories--including her own mistakes--and practical advice, Barbara provides the tools and direction to help you become a godly wife and determine your part in achieving a better marriage.
Melinda5 Stars Out Of 5Beautiful book!June 22, 2016MelindaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Got this for my new daughter-in-law, especially because she is very artistic and I knew she would appreciate the art which accompanies the advice. Read through a few sections myself before giving it to her and this has wonderful information for young godly women. This is one of those books that will keep giving, even in years to come!
Laura Rene5 Stars Out Of 5Great marriage book!June 21, 2016Laura ReneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This book has been beautiful. It's like sitting down with a lovely, feminine mentor for a cup of tea and some great marriage advice. The book itself is gorgeous with gold lettering on the cover and a white ribbon bookmark, but the words within are just as treasured. In the nine chapters, author Barbara Rainey compares marriage to things like dancing or a garden or architecture. These themes provide each chapter with relatable, solid advice, reassurance, and conviction for wives. With ways to better understand your husband and ways to be the wife God intended you to be. I definitely have benefited from the wisdom of the author and I've enjoyed the companionable, motherly way she writes-- both smiling with understanding of the things we as women/wives experience, yet also nudging me to continually strive to be a better wife for my husband and for God. Five stars for this one. It would make a great bridal shower gift!
Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Art of Being a WifeApril 2, 2016Michele MorinWarren, MaineAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Whats that, Mum? asked my son, pointing to a small plastic something-on-the- ground.
Thats just a barrette, I replied, off-handedly.
Whats a barrette? he asked framing in one simple question the deeply entrenched boy-culture and the essence of the testosterone-laced air that I have breathed for the past two decades. With this as background, I approach Barbara Raineys Letters to My Daughters with a degree of awe and irony, for I am in the process of solving the other half of the marital equation by raising sons who will also bring to their marriages a high view of the sovereignty of God and a determination to make things work.
Mystery is a major theme in the Bibles treatment of marriage, and this mystery is tied in with the image of Christ and His bride, the church. Barbara helps her readers to see through her written replies to questions from her daughters and daughter-in-law that marriage is NOT a mystery to be solved, but, rather, a mystery to be lived through great faith and a steady flow of grace and forgiveness, which keeps the windows clean and clear.
Drawing on metaphors from art, music, gardening, and even cooking, the Rainey family dialogues on a wide range of subjects including the pros and cons of egalitarianism vs. complementarianism; intimacy and lack of desire; respecting a husband who is not acting respectable; and the gritty process of living a hard-scrabble life beside another sinner.
Having logged forty years of marriage, mothered six children, and lived most of those years in the spotlight as a ministry wife, Barbara has earned the right to speak out against fairy tale theology in which God owes us a happy ending. She has learned the hard way that it is possible to offer helpful input to ones husband without becoming his mum. Ending every disagreement in their marriage with a restatement of their promise to stay together has been glue that has held them in love, along with the truth that the wife is NOT her husbands moral custodian. Husbands are responsible for their own hearts before God and we wives have plenty of our own junk to take care of, anyway.
Having endured through some wintry years in her married life, Barbara offers the encouragement that spring can come again. Without syrup or sentimentality, and with sensitivity toward those who truly are in unhealthy (or even dangerous) relationships, Letters to My Daughters comes alongside young wives with encouragement to believe in their husbands, to exercise verbal self-restraint when tempted to criticize or bad-mouth, and to understand that as dark shadows anchor the objects in a painting, so our shadowed experiences of struggle, and sacrifice anchor us to the God who is solid and unchanging. He does not send difficult circumstances to see how much you can bear, but so that you can experience His sustaining strength holding you up.
As I read this heartfelt exchange between a wise mum and her dear girls, I became even more thankful for the daughter-in-love who has become a precious part of our family. As daughters of Eve, each of us needs a daily recommitment to trust the Choreographer as we move in harmony with our partner, to embrace the glorious differences between men and women as we follow Gods recipe for reflecting His image so that our marriages can become a statement of wonder to the watching world statements of the goodness, the power and the beauty of God.
This book was provided by Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 : Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Brianna5 Stars Out Of 5Book Review: Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a WifeMarch 31, 2016BriannaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife, by Barbara Rainey, is an excellent read, challenging and edifying to women. I most appreciated Raineys ability to relate to her readers. The setting of letters to biological and spiritual daughters provides an intimacy to the book that can be hard to create otherwise. Rainey wrote with wisdom and conviction, but did not seem distant, aloof, or superior.
Utilizing several forms of art as analogies for the marriage relationship, Rainey responds to her daughters questions out of her experience, study, and wisdom. The first section focuses on the art of cooking, or fine cuisine. Being a curious cook and foodie myself, I was quickly drawn into the book. However, even if cooking or other forms of arm are not the readers forte, I believe the reader will still find encouragement and challenge in Letters to My Daughters.
As a wife, I thoroughly enjoyed reading both the questions and frustrations of the daughters, as well as Raineys responses. I valued the honesty of the letters, especially since I could identify with some of the feelings and questions.
In addition to the superb content of Letters to My Daughters, the book itself is a beautiful book, interspersed with illustrations and graphics. I anticipate reading Letters to My Daughters again, and sharing it with or gifting it to other women. I highly recommend Letters to My Daughters.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Laura4 Stars Out Of 5Definitely a great bookMarch 29, 2016LauraQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I really enjoyed reading the copy of Letters to my Daughters, the Art of being a Wife that Bethany House sent me for review. I chose it because I wanted to know what a mother would say to her daughter on the topic, if given the chance. I was looking for the advice couched in loving affirmation that is signature to the best mothers I've known, and I was not disappointed.
Barbara Rainey uses a series of metaphors to explain marriage to her own daughters and to all of us as her surrogate daughters. She addresses the common issues we face, the things she's been asked about time and again by women as she travels and speaks, and the things her own daughters have reached out to her about. She even talks about the not-so-common things, like the struggle of being a structure-oriented woman married to a man who needs to (and so often does) change the plan at a moment's notice.
More than marriage, Rainey tells us about life, about God, and about ourselves as women. She enters our lives and kindly offers the decades of experience from hers to help us navigate what may seem like uncharted waters. Though especially helpful for wives, I think any woman can find at least a little something in here to latch on to and benefit from.
This is a book I'll be keeping on my shelf to return to time and again for new nuggets of wisdom or words of comfort in difficult moments, and one I will probably find myself searching for as a wedding gift pretty frequently