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The Beautiful Wife: Focused on Christ, Fulfilled in Marriage There was a time when author Sandy Ralya s marriage was in trouble She needed help but she was afraid to ask for it At the time, she didn t know that hundreds of other wives were struggling with the same issues she was Though Sandy eventually sought guidance from godly mentors and Christian counselors, other women remain silent Many churches lack ministries and resources to reach out and help these women Sandy Ralya founded Beautiful Womanhood into provide the same nurturing and mentoring that changed her life and her marriage and began to speak to hundreds of women each year Hearing the stories of women like herself, Sandy realized the need for resources based on practical teaching, sound research, and real life experiences The Beautiful Wife uses these inspiring stories along with biblical principles to guide and encourage any wife looking for God s best in her marriage The Beautiful Wife answers serious questions women have about their roles as wives Discussing everything from romance and money to beauty, communication, and sex, Sandy challenges women to open up and share their journeys so that together they can see God s plan for their marriages It is my passion to help women discover God s heart for their marriage, just as other women helped me, writes Sandy When women share with each other the details of their journeys with God as wives, it s a beautiful thing indeed I received the Beautiful Wife book, mentor s guide, and prayer journal for review I started with the mentor s guide and I have to say I am impressed As someone who has lead groups before, I have felt completely lost with HOW to go about becoming an effective group leader the author has completely laid out a plan of exactly what to do and how to do it I am blown away at the DETAIL the author has provided for the mentors Both the mentor guide and prayer journal are thin, but they both pack a I received the Beautiful Wife book, mentor s guide, and prayer journal for review I started with the mentor s guide and I have to say I am impressed As someone who has lead groups before, I have felt completely lost with HOW to go about becoming an effective group leader the author has completely laid out a plan of exactly what to do and how to do it I am blown away at the DETAIL the author has provided for the mentors Both the mentor guide and prayer journal are thin, but they both pack a big punch.The prayer journal is one that you fill in it is a skeleton of questions and though provoking charts for the reader to fill in on their journey through the book The main book is full of wonderful advice I like that the author doesn t pretend that marriages or perfect, or that people are perfect this book doesn t feel fake It is a book that I can relate to, and the topics covered from money to sex to self care and topics that are relevant and needed I am not a huge fan of self help books and this doesn t feel like one to me The Beautiful Wife is engaging and a great read whether you are part of a small group or reading alone A little personal background on me so you know where I am coming from I am 9 months into my second marriage and I knowabout marriage now then I did when I married my first husband in 1985 I was married the first time for 23 yrs, have 3 children from that marriage, he was in the Navy, he committed adultery of which I didn t know until my oldest daughter told me which led to our divorce I spent time healing and learning about myself before I even considered dating let alone marriage I re A little personal background on me so you know where I am coming from I am 9 months into my second marriage and I knowabout marriage now then I did when I married my first husband in 1985 I was married the first time for 23 yrs, have 3 children from that marriage, he was in the Navy, he committed adultery of which I didn t know until my oldest daughter told me which led to our divorce I spent time healing and learning about myself before I even considered dating let alone marriage I realize as I write this review I am going to be the ODD one out I am not a fan of this book or it s material Marriage is 110% on both parties YET we have probably 200 books out there for the women on how to be a better Christian wife and maybe a handful for the men What s up with that I give kudos to the author of Courageous and those who wrote the study for the men It s about TIME I really believe that when husbands do their job it makes it easier for women to be what God called them to be I know this first hand My first husband wasn t a man of God, wasn t the spiritual leader, left everything to me, I struggled and hated it Now, I have a man of God who is the spiritual leader and it is very easy to walk beside him and let him have the lead as God has designed.The only thing I found helpful was the prayer journal, but I didn t need that as I use a beautiful journal my husband gave me for a prayer journal.In my heart I don t believe I can honestly recommend this book It focuses too much on what the woman needs to do to be perfect that doesn t sit well with me I believe this book will be life changing for many, many women and their marriages Shaunti Feldhahn, For Women Only Jeff Feldhahn has a book, For Men Only My Review The Beautiful Wife, by Sandy Ralya, is based on Titus 2 2 5, Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, children, being subject to their own husbands, so that the Word of God will not be dishonored Sandy s book is instrumental in teaching w I believe this book will be life changing for many, many women and their marriages Shaunti Feldhahn, For Women Only Jeff Feldhahn has a book, For Men Only My Review The Beautiful Wife, by Sandy Ralya, is based on Titus 2 2 5, Older women likewise are to be reverent in their behavior, so that they may encourage the young women to love their husbands, children, being subject to their own husbands, so that the Word of God will not be dishonored Sandy s book is instrumental in teaching wives how to become a Christ centered wife that complements her husband and cares for her family Sandy doesn t just tell you what you should be doing, but gives personal and other examples that help you understand the concept She s very transparent about her own marriage so you know that everyone has struggles.The first chapter, Equipping for the Journey, is pivotal to the rest of the book Sandy lists several steps that are vital Turn to God Be Still Worship Read the Bible Pray Understand Your Role Equal Partner, Friend, Helper, Prayer Warrior Share Within a Community of Women Humility, Transparency and AccountabilityThe rest of the book is centered on these three important issues Part of it is accomplished by the Reflection section, where you answer questions about yourself with deep honesty and transparency The First Steps section will give you some goals steps that you will be expected to follow through on, and will be held accountable for at the next meeting As Sandy would ask, After all, isn t that why you ve made time to study The Beautiful Wife The other chapters include the following They are in depth and handled with grace Self Care Living Genuinely Cultivating Mystique Inviting Romance Thoughts About Sex Opening Communication Speaking the Truth in Love Managing Money Creating a Culture of Beauty Professionalizing the Roles of Wife Mother Choosing God s BestOne thing I suggest when you read the book, is to remember it s written for wives, not husbands I struggled with some of the concepts because I felt it fit both spouses And a lot of it does, but Sandy is only focusing on the woman s part That will help calm down some of those hackles that start to rise when you think the woman has to do all the changing.My biggest complaint is that this book wasn t available when I first got married Growing up with three brothers, being a tomboy, and not getting much motherly advice on the ways of women made our marriage difficult for a number of years as well I could have used a lot of the advice written between the covers of this book So much practical and Scriptural advice Also, please heed the advice about sexual and physical abuse issues You will most likely need professional help.If you whole heartedly persist with God and the Holy Spirit, your marriage can be changed to be a light to others, while creating a peaceful, loving home environment for your husband, your children and yourself It s a win win situation.This study can be implemented in home groups, church hosted meetings, or one on one mentoring I would recommend Sandy s book for single women thinking about marriage as well as engaged women.This book was provided by Cat Hoort of Kregel Publications My review is my own honest opinion No monetary compensation was exchanged The Beautiful Wife is a book for the gloriously messy woman who has serious and not so serious questions about her role as a wife It s a book for the woman who longs to develop deep relationships with real women who don t gloss over the dirty realities of life It s book for the woman who wants to experiencefulfillment, passion, and meaning in her marriage.It can be a difficult thing to understand the role of a wife in this day and age As a matter of fact, it s always been a hard role to The Beautiful Wife is a book for the gloriously messy woman who has serious and not so serious questions about her role as a wife It s a book for the woman who longs to develop deep relationships with real women who don t gloss over the dirty realities of life It s book for the woman who wants to experiencefulfillment, passion, and meaning in her marriage.It can be a difficult thing to understand the role of a wife in this day and age As a matter of fact, it s always been a hard role to understand After all, it s not a one size fits all kind of job, and it may require tweaking with each new season of life Your marriage is different than mine, and both of our marriages are different than your friend s Recipe theology living by a one size fits all formula leaves all women hungry But there are answers that satisfy.In the book The Beautiful Wife, you will find some of those answers In fact theyou work through the book, theyou to turn God and talk vulnerably within a loving community of women, theanswers you ll find The stories of imperfect women with imperfect marriages will refresh you and also challenge you to make changes in your role as a wife, which will improve your marriage You can use this book with small groups of women, alone, or with a mentor and I truly believe it will change your marriage for the better and teach you that there isn t such a thing as a perfect marriage or husband.I received the book, The Beautiful Wife by Sandy Ralya compliments of Litfuse Publicity for my honest review and this came at a perfect time for me I m always evaluating how my own marriage can be better and how I can improve as a wife Just the first chapter alone was like a breath of fresh air to my heart and soul as Sandy explains her own personal struggle in her marriage and trying to find a better way to make it work I felt as if her words were my own and could relate to her story, realizing I am not alone in my thoughts, actions and worse yet, words However through simple instructions, I saw how I could improve my husband through my actions alone and not anything I say or try to get him to do.The biggest eye opener for me was when Sandy taught about the unique differences and roles we each bring into the marriage, though we are equal, we are not the same Clearly Adam needed something he didn t already possess or there would be no need for Eve It s realizing what strengths each of us brings to the marriage and how we can use those strengths to build the other up and strengthen our marriage Men need our strengths in encouragement, our ability to find solutions in the midst of storms and instead of us dwelling on all the things we find fault with in our husbands, we need to think about all the positives, Philippians 4 8 I can wait to see what blessings our marriage will bring as we both work through building our marriage and work towards being the best we can be in our roles as husbands and wives.I easily rate this one a 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it to any woman who is currently married or considering marriage It s also great for women s Bible Studies and for Couples Counseling as well

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