Inspiring guidance for husbands to ‘Discover What It Means To Love Your Wife Like Christ Loves The Church’.
Author Paul Harris’s indiscretions could have cost him his marriage. Instead, he fought to keep his marriage intact and God put it on his heart to explore the meaning of Ephesians 5:25. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. (NIV) What does it really mean to love your wife like Christ loves the Church? At first glance, it seems like a no-brainer. Of course, a husband loves his wife. But when Harris dug into the deeper meaning, he uncovers some unexpected and powerful revelations.
Harris has admittedly been to hell and back in his marriage. He fell into a trap that snares many well-intentioned spouses. When we believe we’re doing ‘God’s work’, does it mean we can neglect our marriage? When husbands indulge in other desires, are they ‘loving their wives like Christ loves the church’?
The exploration of Ephesians 5:22-24 is particularly insightful. Harris tackles the ‘wives must submit’ phase in a surprising and refreshing light. Husbands should be worthy of their wives’ respect. They need to earn it.
Heart of a Husband poses a tough challenge for husbands. But when you consider the ways that Jesus showed love for His bride (the Church – us), it was no easy path. He died for us, after all. With that standard, the bar is set high for a husband to love his wife in a similar way.
Each chapter ends with a prayer, questions for self-reflection, and a place to write down thoughts. The assertions made are based on Scripture and all are presented clearly and concisely.
When I received the request to review Heart of a Husband, I saw the book had all 5-star reviews. Twenty-two reviews were all 5-stars – highly unusual in today’s book market. I contacted Mr. Harris, congratulated him on the wonderful and plentiful reviews, but warned that I’m somewhat stingy with 5-star reviews. If he was ‘expecting’ a 5-star review, maybe he’d want to reconsider requesting the review – yes, a tad blunt! After reading Heart of a Husband, I actually chuckled when I realized it was worthy of a 5-star review after all. Powerful and inspired points are skillfully made in this book. I learned lessons I will apply to my own marriage as a wife.
Any husband can learn something valuable from this book. Husbands who are trying to lead Christian marriages would find this book compelling. Husbands who are fighting to save their marriage will find guidance in Heart of a Husband.
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Paul Harris is an author, speaker and business executive. As one who believes in the importance of a healthy church community, Paul also serves in various leadership roles at his home church. He regularly speaks on the topics of hearing from God, loving your wife as Jesus loves the church, and how to lead with love.
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Shirley Alarie began writing adult and children's books to benefit two causes she loves. 'Hope in the Hood' portrays the incredible story of Colleen Adams providing hope and help to disenfranchised inner-city youth. 'A Healing Haven' showcases the amazing work of Shawn Jayroe and her incredible volunteers at RVR Horse Rescue. Children's books 'A New Friend for Gilbert' and the Dominick the Donkey 2-part series are based on real animals and events at RVR. Now Shirley writes for Jesus - including children's books, her FindingGodAmongUs blog, and as a Christian adult and children's book reviewer. Sign up to receive reviews of hot-off-the-press Christian and Children's releases. Need a freelance writer? Check her out.
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