The Beautiful Wife
I have to be honest, when I first signed up to be a part of this blog tour I was a bit worried that I’d signed myself up to read another overwhelming book on being a “good wife.” I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. In fact, the last book I read on this subject left me feeling super guilty that I wasn’t running around 24/7 on 4 hours of sleep a night. Sometimes books on this subject are more condemning than encouraging, or at least that’s how it feels to an already frazzled wife. Because of these past experiences I was a little scared to read this one.
I’m happy to report that Sandy Ralya’s new book, The Beautiful Wife, is not overwhelming, guilt-inducing, or scary! 🙂
This book is full of encouraging, helpful information aimed at really helping wives to look at their hearts and inspire them to become the wife God calls them to be. Sandy offers tips and inspiration that are practical and applicable in real-life in way that is hopeful and helpful. The information and guidance provided are all backed up with biblical principles; there is no shortage of applicable verses in this book. It was such an encouragement to me that I read it all within a few days, usually a book of this nature takes me quite a while to get through if it’s not for an organized Bible study. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking for encouragement and inspiration in being a beautiful wife.
I was also given the opportunity to review the prayer journal and mentor’s guide that accompany this book. Both are done beautifully and in a way that will be highly effective in aiding this study. The prayer journal follows information provided in each chapter and gives you a chance to journal your responses and further reflect on what you’ve read. The mentor’s guide is unlike any other I’ve seen before; the entire first half of the book talks about being a mentor and how to best help this study along, it’s not a just a book full of discussion questions. The mentor’s guide also gives the mentor quite a bit of useful information to aid preparation for each week, as well as how to guide discussion and lead the flow of the meeting. I would love to use the materials to lead a study and may look into doing so in the future.
About the Book:
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 the 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.”
About Sandy Ralya:
Sandy Ralya is the founder and director of Beautiful Womanhood, a marriage mentoring ministry based near Grand Rapids, Mich. Her marriage testimony was the focus of a popular three-day interview on FamilyLife Today, TV’s Walking by Faith, and Time Out for Women. Sandy is a sought-after speaker, presenting Beautiful Womanhood seminars to hundreds of women each year at MOPS groups, women’s retreats, and church leadership conferences across the country and in Canada. Sandy and her husband Tom have been married since 1980, and have a growing number of grandchildren. www.beautifulwomanhood.com
If you would like to learn more about Sandy’s heart, check out these two videos:
Disclaimer: A complimentary copy of this book was provided for this review. All thoughts are my own and I was not required to post a positive review.