The Fruitful Wife:
Cultivating a Love that Only God can Produce
by Hayley DiMarco
Trade Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: Crossway Books
Released: September 2012
Source: Advanced Reader Copy of the book from the publisher.
Book Description from Publisher's Website:
Are you loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, AND self-controlled? Most of the time? Sometimes? How about when life gets hard or marriage gets tough? Whatever your answer may be, the good news is that you are not alone.
Best-selling author, mother, and wife Hayley DiMarco understands the challenges we all face and answers the question: How can you be the woman God is calling you to be—a woman who bears the fruit of the Spirit in your marriage and in the daily grind of life?
Hayley explores the biblical significance of all nine fruits of the Spirit, explaining how each fruit begins to grow and how each impacts your day-to-day life and marriage. She openly shares stories of her own failures to be spiritually fruitful as well as her relational struggles for control, authority, and respect. Hayley shows how even the rockiest of marriages can blossom and generate the fruit God intends to produce.
The Fruitful Wife looks to the Bible to find the answers about how one can grow in the Fruit of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control). This book is for everyone, not just wives. While the author primarily used the husband-wife relationship as an illustration, the truths she discussed are helpful for everyone: wives, singles, parents--even men.
I was impressed and challenged by this book. She started by discussing why producing fruit is important (to help nourish other people and to bring glory to God). She took each fruit of the Spirit and discussed what it is, what it isn't, how to grow it in your life, and how this works out in your relationships with others. She also talked honestly and openly about her own struggles with this and what she learned from the Bible about how Fruit is actually produced--and it's not by just trying harder.
Overall, I'd highly recommend this encouraging, insightful, and powerful book to all Christians who want to grow in their walk with God.
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Excerpt: Read an excerpt on the publisher's website.