Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Book Review for 'If My Husband Would Change I'd Be Happy' by Rhonda Stoppe

If My Husband Would Change I'd Be Happy is a good book to read at any stage of marriage if you feel discouraged, unfulfilled, or 'empty'. Rhonda Stoppe takes great care in focusing on the Biblical aspects of marriage--and, even more to the point, the makes clear the critical importance how one's personal relationship with Christ needs to come above all else. Each chapter takes on a specific topic, which means that some chapters will hit home more than others and make the personal in different ways based upon each individual reader. Stoppe uses insight from her own marriage (both problems and solutions), and also brings examples of healthy and weak marriages from others with whom she has friendships. Having the opportunity to view the struggles followed by the progress made within other marriages is encouraging & realistic.

Each chapter ends with insight from Rhonda's husband, Steve, as well as questions that reflect back on what you gained from each chapter. Having Steve's perspective is a great addition to the book, and is probably the aspect of the book that was most helpful to me.

If I had to choose a person I would buy this book for, I would first buy it for someone getting ready to get married or hoping to soon be engaged--especially someone with insecurities or thoughts that life will be 'perfect' once she is married. The next person I would buy it for would be friends who are married but seem to struggle with how to respect their husbands and are fairly critical of them because they haven't fulfilled what the wife expected when she got married. The book is specifically written for Christian women, but I do think it's a good book that presents the Gospel and the need for Christ as our personal Savior to non-Christian women--giving them the opportunity to come to know Christ and have a powerful impact on her role in her marriage!

*I received a complimentary copy per my honest review*

If My Husband Would Change, I’d Be HappyIf My Husband Would Change, I’d Be Happy: And Other Myths Wives Believe (Harvest House, August 2015)
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.
Rhonda StoppeRhonda 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.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you LeAnne, for this review. It's everything I need to hear. I'm currently very happily married, but I have a history of a damaged marriage and consequently a divorce. I think this book will be a must read for me. Thank you also to Rhonda Stoppe for writing this book.
    I shall buy this book next week and review as soon as I am finished reading 😊