Monday, March 26, 2012
I'm not sure how I originally found Darlene's blog - Time-Warp Wife - but I've been reading and gaining inspiration and help for some time now, so when I had the opportunity to review her new book I jumped at the chance. I received a PDF file of The Good Wife's Guide : Embracing Your Role as a Help Meet by Darlene Schacht from the author for an honest review.
I found the book to be a quick read and filled with great information and inspiration to better equip me to be a better wife to my dear husband. The first parts of the book deal with life issues and our own heart and the second parts go into practical applications in regards to keeping a home. All of this done with Biblical references and insight.
I loved the reminder in chapter 6 that God equips those He calls and that my calling is to be a keeper of my home. I don't have to be perfect but it's about being a gift to my family and my small sacrifices for my family and to the Lord should be done with a willing, cheerful heart.
It was also nice to see her cleaning schedules and deep cleaning checklists in the second part of the book. I had looked over her schedules in the past on her website, but the inclusion in the book was a great reminder that I need to be more mindful of keeping a better schedule in regards to some of those cleaning tasks.
I really enjoyed this book and love that Darlene is a down-to-earth mom, wife and homemaker like a lot of us. She is not perfect and she doesn't pretend to be.
A couple of points I found myself underlining as I read.....
Everything that I present to my family is a reflection of my heart. I can either show them I value them by giving of myself with joy, or I can do it begrudgingly because it's something that has to be done.
True love is giving without expecting return. It doesn't keep track of wrong doings. It doesn't expect perfection, and allows room for fault. It plants gardens where brick walls have once stood. True love is painful and pleasant, while perfect in every way. It's grace in action.
You can get your Kindle copy of The Good Wife's Guide on Amazon.com right now for just $2.99. And it looks like a paperback version will be available in April.
Darlene's Blog - Time-Warp Wife
Darlene's Facebook Page - Time-Warp Wife on Facebook
God bless -