Wife After God: Drawing Closer to God & Your Husband (A Review)

Wife After God: Drawing Closer to God & Your Husband (A Review)

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of receiving a free copy of Wife After God: Drawing Closer to God & Your Husband, a 30-day devotional written by Jennifer Smith of Unveiled Wife. I hesitate to even say “a few months ago” because I’m embarrassed it took me so long to finally get the review written. Make no mistake, though: it didn’t take me nearly that long to read it.

The book is a light, easy read that actually touches on subjects much deeper than its written style conveys. It’s approachable, and its message is readily available to anyone who wants to grow closer to their husbands, but more importantly to God.

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It begins with a letter to wives (the readers) and a beautiful prayer focused on the reader, her husband, and their marriage. I felt like I was part of the devotional journal instantly, simply because of Smith’s heartfelt prayer.

Each entry thereafter is set apart for a specific day of the month (Day 1, Day 2, etc.) that includes a couple of Bible verses to read, a thought, a prayer, and a status update for social media-minded wives, and a challenge for the day. The challenges are definitely conceivable for couples who are both actively engaged in their spiritual lives; otherwise it runs the risk of alienating or intimidating the less spiritual spouse. Each entry also includes some journal questions to consider, to get you thinking about that day’s message in the context of your own life.

“Your role as wife is extraordinary,” she writes, “in that you have the capacity to love and care for your husband just as Christ loves.” To think that I can have that kind of impact on my husband, that I can love him with such a rich, empowering love? Wow.

There were 3 things I enjoyed most about this book:

  • It’s foundation. She provides verses to read for context and background for what she discusses. Her words are rooted in biblical truth, and they encourage me to crack open my Bible — something I could admittedly do more often.
  • The simple, approachable way in which it is written. It’s not full of overblown language, and it doesn’t throw verses at the reader without tying them in to the message. It’s really written for anybody who’s willing to read it.
  • The little gems of truth hidden throughout. Every now and then, a quote jumped out at me as though it were written just for me. I love finding those little gems that I can cling to throughout the day or remember when things start weighing me down.

“You experience hardships, trials, and tests together as companions — as husband and wife. You will also face conflict in marriage with the realization that sin surfaces in such an intimate relationship,” she writes. But if everything is perfect all the time, someone isn’t being real. There’s no real intimacy to find there. “Marriage is not just to make you happy by fulfilling all of your needs. Marriage is to make you holy by refining you through a process of transformation.”

A review of "Wife After God: Drawing Closer to God and Your Husband" by Jennifer Smith of Unveiled Wife.

I realized recently that as a wife, it’s an honor to know God has granted me the privilege of praying for my husband daily. It’s not just a task or responsibility — it’s a privilege. He brought us together because we need each other for certain things (i.e., we need to learn and grow as a result of one another’s actions, beliefs, and words), but also because God trusted ME to pray for him daily. He knew I’d be the one to do that; He knew I was somehow cut out for that role. God knows my heart and he knows my husband’s heart, and what he can accomplish through my prayers for my husband is incredible. I am honored to have that privilege.

And I am grateful to other wives — like Smith — who are just as imperfect, but still eager to follow God and encourage others in their marriages, too.

Do you need some inspiration or encouragement for your marriage today? Buy Wife After God, and then head on over to Unveiled Wife for more daily marriage inspiration.

Wife After God: Drawing Closer to God & Your Husband (A Review)

 

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  1. Anonymous

    I need this book”wife after God” and am in delta state; Nigeria. How can l get it

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