This month I am giving away a copy of Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother by Carolyn Mahaney.
Using Titus 2:3-5 for the backbone, Carolyn Mahaney teaches how these verses can transform a woman’s life.
Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
Each chapter of Feminine Appeal offers spiritual insight and edifying instruction for each trait mentioned in Titus 2:3-5.
1. Transformed by Titus 2
2. The Delight of Loving My Husband
3. The Blessings of Loving My Children
4. The Safety of Self-Control
5. The Pleasure of Purity
6. The Honor of Working at Home
7. The Rewards of Kindness
8. The Beauty of Submission
9. Margaret’s Story
You’ll enjoy Carolyn’s warm writing style. She has been where so many of us wives and moms are right now.
I first read Feminine Appeal in 2005, I think. I recall my attitude toward Karl began to change as I read this book. You see, my struggle wasn’t with mothering or homemaking as much as it was being a wife. Karl did, and still does, a lot of things that get on my nerves. But Mahaney offered me this newsflash: “We married a sinner and so did they.”
I married a sinner.
I married a sinner.
I married a sinner.
And he needs grace just as much as I do. She goes on, “But this is the hope for our marriage: God forgives sinners and helps us grow to be like Him.” She writes about how to love your husband, how to think good thoughts about him, how to cherish him, and to do all this even when we find him undeserving.
One thing that Mahaney suggests wives do is take an interest in what their husbands enjoy. My husband loves football. Right now, he is counting down the days til Alabama’s first kick-off. From August to the end of January, you can find him sitting before our television all day Saturday, Sunday afternoons, Monday night and Thursday night. He listens to sports radio almost all day. He likes to talk about it during dinner.
This really bothered me when we were newlyweds. Growing up, my brain only created one football file: BAMA (rtr). I could be interested in Alabama football, but I had never been interested in ALL of college football nor the NFL. But I married a man whose passions were watching football and keeping up with stats. I should have known this. After all, he kept the stats for his hometown newspaper!
After reading Carolyn’s instruction to get interested in what your husband enjoys, I decided to try to love football more. So, one Sunday afternoon, I sat down and watched an entire NFL ballgame. Prior to this, my experience with the NFL included walking past the television and noting that the game was still on.
The first time I watched an NFL game I noticed several differences between it and a college game. First of all, the players are very fast. It’s like watching college on fast-forward. Secondly, they make fewer mistakes. Thirdly, the players are so much bigger. Fourthly, NFL quarterbacks actually throw passes. Finally, the HITS are HARDER. I surprised myself with how much I enjoyed seeing the occasional slobber-knocker tackle.
Whatever the reason, I started watching more football with Karl. I watched all the games he wanted to watch whatever day he wanted to watch them. And I liked it. I started to become a fan. And I started to (secretly) listen to the main sports radio guy in Alabama, Paul Finebaum. (He comes on right after Limbaugh anyway.) I have even called and expressed my opinion on the show! Now THAT impressed my hubs. Nowadays, Karl and I are able to carry on a real conversation about football and I no longer have to feign interest, which I didn’t do very well anyway.
And I have been amazed at the difference enjoying what he enjoys has made in our relationship.
I’m sure the blessed winner of this give away will find something in Feminine Appeal that will have a transformational effect on her life.
3 ways to enter:
1. Leave a comment indicating which best describes you:
I want to win because I want to be a better wife.
I want to win because I want to be a godly mother.
I want to win because I want to be a better homemaker.
I want to win because I want to use it as I mentor younger women.
I want to win because I’ve never read this book.
I want to win so that I can give it away to someone I know who needs it.
2. Follow me @lux_venit and I’ll count your RTs to my giveaway tweet.
3. Email me to say you want to be entered in the August Giveaway.
Using Random.org, I’ll enter the number of entries and let them choose the winner on August 31!