Monday, February 27, 2012

Book Review: The Beautiful Wife by Sandy Ralya

The Beautiful Wife Book, Mentor's Guide & Prayer Journal
Focused on Christ, Fulfilled in Marriage
By: Sandy Ralya

Everywhere I turn these days there are books, sermons, series on marriage. I know that this is not an accident and it's actually my hope and prayer that this means there is a revival of sorts in pursuit of godly marriages. I have no idea if this is true or not, but in my heart I truly hope that it is.

Let's face it, marriage is not easy. It can be one of the most challenging things we ever do in our lives, but it can also be one of the richest, deepest blessings as well. When I heard about Sandy's book (as well as mentor's guide and prayer journal) I knew that I needed to get my hands on it. Not because there is anything wrong with my marriage, but because after being married for almost nineteen years I have found that it is something that still requires me to constantly work at.

Is that a bad thing? I don't think so. I want to be the best wife I can be to my husband, but let's face it, for some of us (myself included) that just doesn't come naturally. Sure, we may do well at it for awhile, but then we fall off the wagon and hit the same bumpy roads that we've been hitting for years.

The Beautiful Wife, by Sandy Ralya, is such a rich resource for all women...whether you have been married two days, two months, two years, twenty years or more. With chapters on self-care, romance, communication, love, money and so much more there is sure to be something for each of us to learn from.

I watched the videos from Sandy (listed at the bottom of this post) and was so glad to see her "voice" is the same as it is in the book...soothing, loving, gentle and kind. Sandy comes alongside women and gently guides them on this journey through marriage. It is her sweet unassuming assistance that allows you to open up and really dig into the heart of the matter.

I'm looking forward to digging into this book, mentor guide and prayer journal more over the next few months. I have already been telling women at my church, as well as my lead Pastor, about this book and can't wait to see what happens when we all grab hold of the fact that we too can be "The Beautiful Wife ~ Focused on Christ, Fulfilled in Marriage".
~ Melissa

About the book:

The Beautiful Wife uses these inspiring stories along with biblical principles to guide and encourage any wife looking for God's best in her marriage. The Beautiful Wife answers serious questions women have about their roles as wives. Discussing everything from romance and money to beauty, communication, and sex, Sandy challenges women to open up and share their journeys so that together they can see God's plan for their marriages. "It is my passion to help women discover God's heart for their marriage, just as the other women helped me," writes Sandy. "When women share with each other the details of their journeys with God as wives, it's a beautiful thing indeed." The Beautiful Wife has two companion resources - Prayer Journal and Mentor's Guide .

About Sandy Ralya:

Sandy Ralya is the founder and director of Beautiful Womanhood, a marriage mentoring ministry based near Grand Rapids, Mich. Her marriage testimony was the focus of a popular three-day interview on FamilyLife Today, TV's Walking by Faith, and Time Out for Women. Sandy is a sought-after speaker, presenting Beautiful Womanhood seminars to hundreds of women each year at MOPS groups, women's retreats, and church leadership conferences across the country and in Canada. Sandy and her husband Tom have been married since 1980, and have a growing number of grandchildren.

About the Giveaway:

Celebrate with Sandy by entering her Kindle Touch Giveaway and coming to her "Beautiful Womanhood" Facebook Party {3/8}!

One beautiful winner will receive:
  • A Brand new Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi

  • The Beautiful Wife By Sandy Ralya

  • The Beautiful Wife Prayer Journal and Mentor's Guide
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/7/12. Winner will be announced at Sandy's "Beautiful Womanhood" Facebook Party on 3/8.

Sandy will be hosting an evening of chat, laughter and encouragement - bring your friends!

She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, prayer journals and a live chat with Sandy for your Bible study or small group!

So grab your copy of The Beautiful Wife and join Sandy and friends on the evening of March 8th for an evening of fun.

Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter

Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on March 8th!

Video Links:
1. Sandy’s Testimony. This is directed primarily at wives. Sandy speaks to the mentors for a few seconds near the end, but her testimony will be one that resonates with wives as well.

2. About BEAUTIFUL WOMANHOOD Ministry. This uses Sandy’s experience to speak directly to the marriage mentor to encourage and equip her role as a mentor.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the preview books free from LitFuse Publicity Group as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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