About this book: (from the publisher) Like most brides on their wedding day, you no doubt were filled with love for your husband and the hope of a happy life together.
But perhaps today, as the realities of life together have settled in, those happy expectations are going unfulfilled. And it’s tempting to think, “If only my husband would change, I’d be happy.”
That myth is but one of many that Rhonda Stoppe dispels in her easy-to-read exploration of what it takes to experience a truly happy marriage. In the process, she addresses such important topics as
-understanding your husband’s need for your unconditional respect
-rekindling the love that drew you to your husband in the first place
-refusing to believe the lie that you’d be happier married to someone else
-learning to be content in the midst of financial struggles
-thinking about sex from a biblical worldview
If you desire to rekindle the love and hope you felt on your wedding day, this book will go a long way toward making that dream come true.
Contains discussion questions and personal reflections at the end of each chapter.
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About the author: Rhonda Stoppe is the No Regrets Woman. She is an author and speaker dedicated to helping women live life with no regrets. With more than 20 years’ experience as a mom, mentor, and pastor’s wife, Rhonda’s wisdom and experience helps women discover significance in God and His specific purpose for their lives, connect biblical principles to everyday decisions, develop a loving marriage that others dream about, and influence the next generation by raising children with integrity.
Genre: Non-fiction/Love & Marriage/Christian Living
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Reflection: Like any faithful wife, I’m open to instruction on how to make my marriage better — more enjoyable for both my husband and myself. This was the motivation behind my decision to review Rhonda Stoppe’s If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy. And in her book I did indeed find many new ideas to put into practice.
She positions herself as a Titus 2:4 woman, the older woman the apostle Paul instructs to teach younger women how to love their husbands. It’s an apt description. Her tone and approach is highly personal. If readers don’t already have such a Titus 2:4 to mentor them in this way, they will find one here.
At the heart of Rhonda’s marriage advice — and what I perhaps appreciate most about this book — can be summed by what she says in chapter one:
“It all comes down to this: The key to having an all-out love for your husband and experiencing fulfillment in your marriage does not lie in how well your husband measures up to your expectations, but in how well you love God.”
Powerful. Paradoxical. And true.
I did find the author’s chummy tone and questioning technique distracting at times (“There is nothing more attractive than a handsome man filled with God-honoring humility — don’t you agree?”). But this is a minor point, and certainly a subjective one. I was most helped by Rhonda’s big-picture perspective in regards to marriage. I liked the way she addressed a different common myth in each chapter. I also appreciated the insights from her husband that she includes in every chapter — a voice to represent the man’s side of marriage.
All in all, married women in almost any season could benefit from the wisdom offered here.
Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing me a free copy to review. All opinions are mine.
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After words: What’s the best marriage advice you’ve ever received…or given?