52 Things Husbands Need from Their Wives: What Wives Can Do to Build a Stronger Marriage

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"I don't always understand what he needs or wants from me." Most wives want a heart-to-heart connection with their husbands. But men often communicate their needs in ways that seem strange to women. How to bridge the gap?

Straight from a veteran dad and husband come these insightful, unexpected, and occasionally offbeat ideas. Bestselling author Jay Payleitner digs deep to give practical insight into how a ...

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"I don't always understand what he needs or wants from me." Most wives want a heart-to-heart connection with their husbands. But men often communicate their needs in ways that seem strange to women. How to bridge the gap?

Straight from a veteran dad and husband come these insightful, unexpected, and occasionally offbeat ideas. Bestselling author Jay Payleitner digs deep to give practical insight into how a woman can

  • see the ways her husband does want to connect...which may be different than what she expects
  • encourage him--not overwhelm him--with her words
  • understand why sex is such a big deal
  • make space for him to step up and participate in family life
  • be alert to his "hero moments" and respect and appreciate him

A husband does want to be close to his wife. Here are great steps to strengthening a marriage by making room for that closeness to happen.

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Editorial Reviews

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"My husband and I were on the 15-year plan...taking almost 15 years before we began to understand one another. I wouldn't recommend that plan for anyone. Instead I would wholeheartedly recommend Jay Payleitner's book 52 Things Husbands Need from Their Wives. Wives--read it, apply it, and begin today to understand the man in your life."
--Kendra Smiley, speaker and author of Do Your Kids a Favor...Love Your Spouse and other books

"As wives, we can choose to be encouragers for our husbands just as much as we can choose to be discouragers. Jay Payleitner gives us the inside scoop on what every husband needs. His biblically based perspective and end-of-the-chapter takeaways make this book a practical relationship builder for any couple."
--Karol Ladd, author of Positive Life Principles for Women

"Jay's giving away our secrets, and we thank him for it. This is an insightful read, directed to women but educational for all of us, and a practical, user-friendly tool for any wife wanting to better understand the creature she's joined to."

Joe Dallas, author and speaker

"Very to the point of what a woman needs to know about her man. After reading these 52 insights, you will better understand that your spouse isn't so weird after all."
--Emilie Barnes, speaker, author, and founder of "More Hours In My Day"

"As military families we spend so much valuable time apart from one another. Knowing how to give my husband what he needs--together or apart--is a treasure. On behalf of all wives, thank you, Jay, for your insight and transparency on the one true gift we all can share--love."
--Tara Crooks, cofounder of Army Wife Network, coauthor of 1001 Things to Love about Military Life

"Husbands, step up to being the spiritual leader in your homes. Start by seeking first the kingdom of God over your own kingdom, and cherishing your wife. Then give your wife a copy of this book by Jay Payleitner. I guarantee you that your marriage will be for the glory of God."

Harry W. Schaumburg, DMin, author of Undefiled: Redemption from Sexual Sin, Restoration for Broken Relationships

"This little book is a treasure trove of wisdom and advice for any woman who wants to understand her husband better. Simple (just like your husband) in its approach, it gives an excellent snapshot of what's inside the heart and soul of a man. I highly recommend it!"
--Rick Johnson, bestselling author of Becoming Your Spouse's Better Half and How to Talk So Your Husband Will Listen--and Listen So Your Husband Will Talk

"Wives, you have great power to help your husband feel confident as he faces life's battles. And your encouragement can be a huge asset to him becoming a great husband and father. Jay's 52 Things Husbands Need from Their Wives will help you understand your man."

—Carey Casey, CEO of The National Center for Fathering and author of Championship Fathering

"Jay has done it again. He continues to give us unique insight into building strong family relationships."
--Dan Seaborn, president and founder of Winning At Home, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736954853
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/1/2013
  • Pages: 195
  • Sales rank: 284,081
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

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, Jesus Freaks Radio for the Voice of the Martyrs, Project Angel Tree with Chuck Colson, and many others. He's also a popular speaker on parenting and marriage and the author of dozen-plus books, including the bestselling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad, 52 Things Wives Need from a Husband, and 52 Things Sons Need from Their Dad; he also created "The Dad Manifesto." Jay has also served as an AWANA director, a wrestling coach, and the executive director of the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative; he now partners with the National Center for Fathering, whose efforts he fosters and promotes. He and his wife, Rita, live near Chicago, where they've raised five great kids and loved on ten foster babies.
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  • Posted October 17, 2013

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    Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite Author Jay Paylei

    Reviewed by Darin Godby for Readers' Favorite

    Author Jay Payleitner in his book, 52 Things Husbands Need from Their Wives gives examples of how to build a strong and faithful marriage. While this book is directed toward wives, I was encouraged to know that Mr. Payleitner has also written a book for husbands entitled: 52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands. 

    This book will allow wives to see things from a man's perspective and maybe view things unlike they have before? There are practical suggestions that can be used in order to have more effective communication between a husband and wife. These are short chapters which give a powerful thought to consider without beating home any one particular issue. Author Payleitner also leaves at the end of each chapter what he calls a "Takeaway," which condenses the key points so  readers better understand the chapter. There are scriptures used throughout the book that allow readers to do additional research into a particular area if they desire.

    While there were times I felt the book favored the man's side, I am saying that without reading his other book for the husband and his wife's needs. This may indeed create a very balanced approach if both books are read together. However, I will say it is a thought provoking book worth considering if you are interested in developing a stronger, more productive marriage. One of the strong points of the book, I felt, was the desire to help a wife see her husband's need for her, her strengths, her love, her confidence, and her support.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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