Reading ➾ The Beautiful Wife Author Sandy Ralya –

The Beautiful Wife 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 The Beautiful Wife is an inspirational Christian guide for women, devoted to helping them define their role within their marriage, so that they can have a fulfilling and successful marriage The author provides information and spiritual guidance on important marital topics such as communication, money, romance, sex, prayer, self care and living a genuine life The 12 part study guide is filled with the author s own experiences, along with spiritual references and suggestions on how to have a beautiful marriage and live within God s vision of a beautiful life The Beautiful Wife was written and meant for a group setting, but it can easily be used for the individual study as well In addition to The Beautiful Wife, it also has two companion guides Prayer Journal and Mentor s Guide.I thought that The Beautiful Wife was a beautifully well written and inspirational book I appreciated the author providing her readers with examples of her past experiences, her reassuring messages of hope for having a successful marriage is uniquely profound and deeply moving The author provides practical, realistic Reading The Beautiful Wife By Sandy Ralya 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 In 2003 To 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. The Beautiful Wife Focused on Christ, Fulfilled in Marriage by Sandy Ralya is a 222 page book written in an eloquent, simple yet honest, heart filled way to encourage wives seeking to grow and be strengthen in and through Christ.Each chapter starts with a scripture and topic related quote and ends with a set of reflection questions that encourages the reader both for discussion and personal enrichment along with a set of first step questions that seem designed to help the reader get direction in working through the chapter.With a companion Prayer Journal and Mentor Guide, The Beautiful Wife makes a wonderful book for either personal reading, discussion with your closest friends or topic of a bible study.On page 29, Sandy Rayla seems to sum up what a marriage is about, You are an equal partner with your husband in marriage, and your role holds great influence This speaks of the saying that is sometimes used, Behind every great man, there s a great woman and how as wives, we are basically one of the many roles that Sandy broke down as Equal Partner.Friend.Helper.Prayer Warrior.There is a great quote in th Are you married, or looking forward to the day that you will be Planning for your wedding is the easy part, becoming one with your husband, well, that is a life long process Sandra Ralya has written a devotional that is relevant to any women whether she is engaged, newly married or has been married a long time I know I found this book helpful, and I have been married nearly 18 years.The Beautiful Wife contains 12 meaty chapters that use examples from Sandra Ralya s own experiences and include some of these topics Prayer, Being Genuine, Mystique Romance Communication, and Speaking the Truth in Love And it is filled with Bible references to make you think about your own situation At the end of each chapter you will find journaling discussion questions to help you to think through what you have learned No matter how long you have been married, or how good your marriage is there is always room for improvement So if you like Bible studies this might be one you would like to have on your coffee table, or night stand.Companion Materials I also received the Prayer Journal and Mentor s Guide from the publisher each of these little books are a nice edition The Beautiful Wife discusses topics such as self care, romance, communication, truth in love, the roles of wife and mother, and choosing God s best The author recommends following the chapters, encouraging a small group of women who will support each other, and holding one another accountable for implementing the suggestions in the book There are also companion books for the mentor of the small group and a prayer journal for each individual In the journal, Bible passages for contemplation are suggested as are prayers focusing on your husband and marriage.Ralya s marriage mentoring ministry would seem to be a terrific offering I would have reservations about joining a small group and removing my mask as the author recommends I think my friends like my mask If I had many problems, my poor friends would probably feel helpless and embarrassed by my troubles However, Ralya s insights seem to ring true As she says, Be direct Hints to my husband only frustrate good communication Also, she suggests appreciating rather than criticizing That realization early in my marriage helped turn frustrating moments into moments of love and laughter These relationship tips have been suggested in thousands of books, but Ralya s sincerity, scripture passages, and organization might win many readers over Many women, like me, might feel comfortable using the text and the companion books for individual reflection and study A few less than politically correct comments su Sandy Ralya did a wonderful job of pointing out things that I, as a wife, had never thought of before in regards to my role as a wife I ll be the first to admit that I get tired of hearing Christian authors and speakers tell us to submit to our husbands and while Sandy did touch on this she talked about it in a way that didn t leave me feeling like being submissive is being weak There were several points in the book where I felt as though she was talking directly to me Each chapter covers a different facet of life as a wife and gives tips on how to revamp that area of your marriage in order to make you the most beautiful wife you can be.This is a book that I will be going back to, making notes on in the accompanying journal, and hopefully leading a study using the Mentor Guide At the conclusion of each chapter there are questions to prompt you to write in the journal but I promise you won t need them in order to have things to write about It is that thought provoking The journal also guides you in what to write about and from looking at it it s going to be easy to fill the pages The mentor guide gives great instruction to lead discussion on each chapter as well as clearly defining your role as a mentor.I ll leave you with my favorite verse from The Beautiful Wife So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you compassion, kindnes I can not tell you how blessed I feel after reviewing this Bible Study I love the way Sandy writes, as if she knows me and is speaking right to me So much so I have several times wondered if she can some how read minds or maybe my house is bugged Seriously though, I have not been able to join a Women s Bible Study for quite a few years now But The Beautiful Wife Study has made me want to start up a Summer Bible Study at my house for my Homeschool Mama s I have to say I think Chapter 11 Professionalizing the Role of Wife and Mother may have spoke to me the most Sandy s The Professional Wife s Strategy For Success covers Talking to Your Boss God , Determine a Vision for Your Role as a Wife, Develop a Plan of Action, Get an Education, and Find a Mentor She even has one for The Professional Mother As a career girl turned stay at home mom and then homeschooling mama I absolutely LOVE this chapter I not only had the privilege of reviewing The Beautiful Wife Bible Study, but the Mentor s Guide and Prayer Journal as well WOW The Mentor s Guide does an amazing job of really breaking it down and helping you as a Bible Study Leader 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 an 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 experience fulfillment, 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 the you work through the book, the you to turn God and talk vulnerably within a loving community of women, the answers you ll find The stories of imperfect women with imperfect marriages will refresh you and also challenge you to make cha

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