Wednesday, March 7, 2012

The Beautiful Wife by Sandy Ralya (a Review) & Giveaway

Following this review is a special giveaway announcement!

About the book:

The Beautiful Wife uses 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." The Beautiful Wife has two companion resources - Prayer Journal and Mentor's Guide.

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.

This book is a nice tool that can help Christian wives become better wives.   It is called The Beautiful Wife, not to point to physical beauty, but to the inner beauty that truly matters.  There are many areas covered such as intimacy and managing money, respect and romance, but first and foremost, Sandy points wives to seek the Lord.  There is a lot of focus on prayer, which I think is very good.  So often we are missing out on our most important relationship--that of ours to God--because we forget to seek Him first.

Sandy gives wives a wonderful acronym that I found so helpful, as I'm sure many wives will as well.  It is T.R.A.C.E.

Trust instead of control
Respect instead of demean
Appreciate instead of criticize
Confer confidence instead of doubt
Expose vulnerability instead of defensiveness 

I also appreciated that Sandy encourages us to professionalize the roles of wife and mother!

I received the Prayer Journal and Mentor's Guide that are available for this book.  The Prayer Journal coincides with every chapter in the book, and has additional Bible verses, prayer suggestions, and space for journaling your thoughts as you go through the book.  The Beautiful Wife can be used alone, but wives are encouraged to take the journey alongside other wives to have encouragement and accountability.  The Mentor's Guide assists very well with this.  It gives guidance in how to start a small group in your area to study this book.  There are instructions for the mentor and weekly laid out plans.

If you would like to learn more, you may view Sandy's testimony here.  If you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor, this video about the Beautiful Womanhood ministry will be helpful to you.

Celebrate with Sandy by entering her Kindle Touch Giveaway and coming to her "Beautiful Womanhood" Facebook Party {3/8}!

One beautiful winner will receive:
  • A Brand new Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi
  • The Beautiful Wife By Sandy Ralya
  • The Beautiful Wife Prayer Journal and Mentor's Guide
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/7/12. Winner will be announced at Sandy's "Beautiful Womanhood" Facebook Party on 3/8. Sandy will be hosting an evening of chat, laughter and encouragement - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, prayer journals and a live chat with Sandy for your Bible study or small group!

So grab your copy of The Beautiful Wife and join Sandy and friends on the evening of March 8th for an evening of fun.

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Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on March 8th!

I received these books for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

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