Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife
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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.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.69 (inches)
ISBN: 0764217739
ISBN-13: 9780764217739

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Barbara Rainey Offers Sage Advice on the Art of Being a Wife

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.

Author Bio

Barbara Rainey and her husband, Dennis, are founders of FamilyLife and have spoken at Weekend to Remember conferences around the world. Dennis and Barbara have authored more than two dozen books, including the bestselling Moments Together for Intimacy and Moments Together for Couples. The Raineys have been married for more than forty years and have six children and nineteen grandchildren. They live near Little Rock, Arkansas. For more information visit www.familylifetoday.com.

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  1. Mandie
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Wedding Shower Gift
    April 28, 2017
    Mandie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    this has become my gift to my girlfriends on their wedding shower as they prepare for marriage the way God intended. I like the practical and real questions the daughters ask in the book.
  2. Melinda
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful book!
    June 22, 2016
    Melinda
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Got 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!
  3. Laura Rene
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great marriage book!
    June 21, 2016
    Laura Rene
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This 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!
  4. Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Art of Being a Wife
    April 2, 2016
    Michele Morin
    Warren, Maine
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Whats 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.

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    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.
  5. Brianna
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Book Review: Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife
    March 31, 2016
    Brianna
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Letters 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.
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