Welcome to Hive Resources! You’re about to see some big changes around here! I’m getting ready to redesign the site and release a Bible study in an e-book format just in time for fall. And while I’m wrapping up details, I’m running a special series called ‘From My Bookshelf to Yours’ where I’ll give away some of the books that I’ve enjoyed reading this summer! Subscribe today so you don’t miss any giveaways in this series. And be sure to check back for all the fun things that will be happening here!
I first met Sara Horn in the press room for Baptist Press (although, it was so long ago I’m sure doesn’t remember me!) Both journalists, we were covering an annual meeting of the Southern Baptists Convention. Since then Sara Horn has gone on to become the author of five books, including My So Called Life as Proverbs 31 Wife, which she wrote about here on Hive Resources. After marrying, Cliff, a U.S. Navy Reservist and living aboard the USS Harry S. Truman as a Middle East correspondent, Sara went on to found of WivesofFaith.org – a ministry for military wives and families. She recently sent me her latest book, and I loved it so much
I’m giving away a copy this week! WINNER ANNOUNCED BELOW!
My So Called Life as a Submissive Wife
Sara’s latest title, My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife: A One-Year Experiment…and Its Liberating Results, is her attempt to uncover what Scripture says about the wife’s role in marriage and apply it to her own marriage in one year’s time!
Here’s why I loved this book:
- She writes in the same accessible and sometimes tongue-in-cheek style as her other books. Because the book chronicles her year-long ‘experiment’ to submit to her husband, the book is written in the present tense like many great stories.
- She writes about the importance of God-ordained roles in marriage (the wife’s submission and the husband’s servant-leadership) from a very practical & authentic point of view. There are obstacles, myths, and fears that must be overcome or at the least reconciled for Sara – and she masters them with grace and humor.
- She grounds her experiment in the authority of God’s Word, despite entering her year-long journey without the trappings of labels (complementarianism vs. egalitarianism). In the end, Sara discovers that God’s differing design for the sexes is part of his plan to point humanity to Himself. When Sara embraced her role as her husband’s helper, she found some wonderful surprises and blessings for their marriage.
- She writes for the everyday woman who is struggling to align her life with God’s Word and submit to God’s authority above all.
- She explores what a submissive wife might look for a variety of women – military wives, mothers, career women, etc., as well as women who come out of a less-than ideal situation such as divorce or who deal with workaholic tendencies. (Ahem…)
Here’s a quote I loved:
“I’m realizing that being his helper doesn’t subtract from my own existence. It doesn’t take away. Instead, I think it adds. Wholeness. Completeness. Not just for me. But for both of us. … I’m realizing that in my relationship with God, as I submit, as I obey, as I follow his plans and his authority over my life, that it’s easier to honor Cliff as the leader of our family, as the leader of our home, and yes, as the spiritual leader of me, as my husband. And I’m realizing that as I learn, sometimes painfully, sometimes exasperatedly, to step back and let my husband have the reins, that it is a subtle, small reminder of what it means to step back and let God lead it all. There is freedom in believing I don’t have to be in control. I can let go.”
I’m giving away one copy to a lucky Hive Resources reader!
Enter below. Contest ends Friday at midnight! Congrats to Ginger G.!
Thank you to all who entered. Next week, I’m giving away another one of my favorite summer reads. Don’t miss it! And be sure to check back for the release of my Bible study in an e-book format just in time for fall. Next week I’m giving you a sneak peek!
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