Thursday, March 1, 2012

Harvest House Book Review: 52 Things Wives Need From Their Husbands by Jay Payleitner

Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance Christian radio producers in the United States.  He has worked on Josh McDowell Radio, Today's Father, and many others.  A bestselling author, his books include 365 Ways to Say "I Love You" to Your Kids.  He's also a popular speaker at men's events and served as executive director of the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative.  Jay and his wife, Rita, make their home in the Chicago area.

You are probably wondering why did I read this book, since I'm clearly not a husband, but a wife. But I was curious to see what points Jay Payleitner actually makes to husbands in his book, "52 Things Wives Need From Their Husbands".  

I found that Jay Payleitner offers sound advice for husbands in a very easy, practical and straightforward way.  Here are some of my personal favorites from the book:

Need #3   ~ To Leave So You Can Cleave
Need #10 ~ To Try This Experiment
Need #11 ~ To Read the Verses that Com Before and After Ephesians 5:22
Need #12 ~ To Say "I'm Really Sorry" Like You Really Mean It
Need #15 ~ To Be the Pastor of Your Home
Need #22 ~ To Rebuild Love
Need #38 ~ To Never Repudiate the "Nose-Scrunch Rule"
Need #43 ~ To Put Her Second

In Need #11, the following stood out for me in particular, "He sacrifices.  She submits.  Both are looking for the best in each other and looking out for each other."  

After being married for over 8 years now, I can truly say that the above statement is true.  This is what a true Christian marriage should exemplify.  Each spouse should be willing to look for the best in each other and look out for each other.  Jay Payleitner does a good job in giving pointers on "how to" realistically achieve that in any marriage.
I really enjoyed reading this book.  Especially Jay Payleitner's perspective on what a godly and healthy marriage should look like.  I truly valued his reverence to the Lord and how much he cherishes his wife Rita.

I highly recommend this book to married and single men alike. This book conveys a refreshing outlook on marriage as well as it challenges mainstream thinking and worldly perspectives on marriage today.

I want to personally thank Aaron Dillon of Harvest House Publishers for sending me this book for free to review.

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