READ: Thirty-One Days to a Happy Husband by Arlene Pellicane
This book’s title made me wonder. Really? Thirty-one days? And who defines happy, anyway?
But a closer investigation of this volume revealed its power-packed value. Sometimes, even good advice can prove overwhelming. But author Arlene Pellicane (read my review of her 31 Days to a Younger You here) has combined practical tips and biblical encouragement in an attractive, easy-to-read package.
Pellicane doesn’t claim to have all the answers. She centers her book around five areas of need in men’s lives, organized by the acronym DREAM: Domestic Tranquility, Respect, Eros, Attraction, and Mutual Activities. If you’ve done any reading about marriage, you’ve seen similar lists. But the way the author expands them into thirty-one days of study, encouragement, and practical tips makes personal application not only potential but real.
Each chapter includes illustrations culled from real-life marriages (including the author’s); solid biblical teaching; “Notice Today,” in which the author encourages self- and marital-examination; and “Nurture Today,” an action step. Liberal doses of fun and gracious insights from others’ experiences give the book the warm, positive tone of a loving sister dispensing not a lecture but sound advice.
Although happiness is only one element of a fulfilled and Christ-centered life and marriage, those who read and apply the book’s principles will find themselves drawing closer to their husbands. They’ll see God use their marital relationships to bring himself glory. And that’s what I call happiness of the best and most godly kind.
What books about marriage have helped you? Share your answer in a comment by October 29, and I’ll enter your name in a drawing to win my review copy of this delightful book plus a surprise devotional book. I’ll choose a winner at random and post it next week. Please leave a link or email address so I can contact you for mailing information (US addresses only, please).
Watch Arlene’s “3 Steps to Affair-Proof Your Marriage” here.
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(FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to post a review or a positive response.)