My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife: A One-Year Experiment...and Its Surprising Results

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Author Sara Horn always admired the Proverbs 31 wife, but when she became a busy writer and mother, she deemed this model to be dated and impossible. Or is it? Join Sara as she heads into a one-year domestic experiment and offers full access to see if this biblical model can be embraced by a modern woman—even one who can't sew.

With humility and humor, Sara sets out to pursue the Proverbs 31 characteristics through immersing herself in all things domestic, but when her family's ...

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Overview

Author Sara Horn always admired the Proverbs 31 wife, but when she became a busy writer and mother, she deemed this model to be dated and impossible. Or is it? Join Sara as she heads into a one-year domestic experiment and offers full access to see if this biblical model can be embraced by a modern woman—even one who can't sew.

With humility and humor, Sara sets out to pursue the Proverbs 31 characteristics through immersing herself in all things domestic, but when her family's situation changes and she must return to a full-time job, she's forced to look at the Proverbs 31 woman with a whole new viewpoint. Through it all, she and readers discover:

  • what it means to be a godly woman and a wife
  • how investing in family and faith refines priorities as a spouse and a parent
  • how mistakes are opportunities for growth

This thought-provoking, surprising, and entertaining personal account will inspire women to try their own experiments in living out God's purpose for their lives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736939416
  • Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2011
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 281,321
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Horn is a wife and mom and the founder of Wives of Faith, a ministry for military wives. She's written numerous articles and books, including My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife and My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife. She's devoted to her husband, who serves in the US Navy Reserves, crazy about her son, and passionate about her ministry to women.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Not What I Expected

    I was in search of material that would guide me through what it looks like to be a Proverbs 31 wife in the 21st century. The cover even uses the phrase "experiment", and I believe it started out that way, but quickly changed as her families life situation changed. At first, it is evident that she is implementing and thinking on scripture, but after a while this "experiment" seems to fall by the wayside as her families needs change. Just, not what I expected. Had I known the content of the book, I most likely would not have purchased it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Lame and Boring

    I had to force myself to finish this stupid book. The author spends most of the book bragging about herself and her accomplishments. Fantastic. You're a writer and everyone loves you...no one cares. I was so disappointed. Her so called "experiment" with being a Proverbs 31 wife never really happened and really all she does is talk about how bad she feels about being a working mom. Waaa. If you want to read a book about how fantastic Sara is with her career then read this one. Lame.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    Psalms 31 wife I am not are you?

    I have always had a love hate relationship with Psalms 31. I always said I make a better girlfriend than wife because of this chapter. The expectation to me is unrealistic it would take multiple wives to live up to standard. Sara like me gets the sickening feeling everytime a sermon is preached about. Unlike me who would just roll my eyes and turn to my favorite book in the bible and read ignoring the sermon, Sara listens and attemps to become more like the Psalms 31 wife. It was great to read the honest struggle of this miltary wife to do and be all things. My favorite part is at the end when she realizes that here husband and son loves her even in her imperfection. And I hope one day my family can say she did the best she could.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    Brings the Proverbs 31 Wife Into the 21st Century

    This book is a memoir of one year in the life of Sara Horn. Sara set out to complete a one-year experiment to live as the Proverbs 31 Wife. I think she did it. The Proverbs 31 Wife has long been touted from pulpits as the woman Believers should aspired to emulate. I have been one of those women who wanted to be like her, but have so often failed. I am a homeschool mom, with many dreams for my children and myself. I have time during the day to think about this woman and work on putting those principles into practice. In this book, Sara brings the Proverbs 31 Wife into the 21st Century and teaches all woman, no matter what their staion, through her successes and failures how we can accomplish such a feat. I am married with children and I want to bring my husband "good and not harm all the days of his life." I want my children to "rise up and call me blessed." In My So-Called Life, Sara has brought this woman to life and shown me how I can turn those possibilities into realities. While reading this book, I found myself more aware of my relationship and actions with my husband and children. Was I doing the Proverbs 31 Wife thing to do? No, in many cases no. But I found out how to make just the slightest, smallest change, and it was easily accomplished! I recommend this book to any woman who has struggled to become more like the Proverbs 31 Wife. As you read about Sara's experience you will learn how your effort no matter how small can do great things and you will be transformed. I must include this thought as part of my book review. Aside from helping me learn how to put Biblical wisdom in practice, this book also gave me another thought. The Proverbs 31 wife is NOT the only woman in the Bible. There are many honorable women in the Bible: Deborah, Ruth, Mary the mother of Jesus, Abigail, Sarah, Lydia, and on and on. They didn't all live like the Proverbs 31 woman. Every woman has her purpose and place, which is something else you will become aware of as you read this book. On one final note, I would like to say that Sara saves the most important lesson for last. If you are familiar with the Proverbs 31 Wife, you will know how it ends. Disclosure: I received this book free from the author as a result of winning a contest. I was not required to give a favorable review. The opinions and thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 13, 2011

    Taking on the Martha Stewart of the Bible

    My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife by Sara Horn offers hope to every woman who has ever felt intimidated by that paragon of female virtue. Horn, the wife of a of a Navy Reservist, is a free-lance writer who has always taken pride in her work, which leaves her at odds with the Martha Stewart of the Bible in Proverbs 31 who cooks the meals, sews the clothes, keeps the house clean, harvests crops, sells property, makes money, and has her husband bragging up her at the city gate while her children call her blessed. Horn is not the traditional Christian woman who stays at home, is a genius in the kitchen, and homeschools her children, and proudly so! So her quest to try and live up to this example seems almost humorous, but Horn is sincere in her desire to be a better wife and mother by embracing Martha 31, as she nicknames the unnamed woman. But Horn's husband Cliff is a better cook than she is, leaving her often discontented by his enjoyment of cooking for the family, she never manages to sew anything, and the family's circumstances change radically when Cliff can't find a job, forcing Horn to take a job at a college in North Carolina and uprooting the entire family. But what Horn, and readers, learn that it isn't about whether she can master all of Martha 31's talents, it's about whether Horn is using her God-given talents to the best of her ability to bless her husband and child. This is a vital lesson for women like me who have often felt a failure compared to Martha 31 and her seeming perfection. Horn is an engaging writer, keeping the reader entertained whether her plans are wildly successfully or crashing beyond belief. She offers hope for those of us who will never be Martha Stewart or Martha 31 that God loves us just as we are .

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Totally UNbiblical

    Dear Sara:

    When you struggle with something in the Word, go to GOD. Talk to hik. Speak with your pastor, etc. But definitely DON'T write a book encouragin thousands of wives who ALSO struggle. The Bible says it, I believe and practice it. Period.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 6, 2013

    Not what I expected

    I was disappointed that she never truly completed the experiment. I could relate to her frustration about being the Proverbs 31 wife today while so many mothers have to work, but in the end she quit her job. I felt like the book was unresolved. It did, however, make me look at the way I use my time and contemplate which changes I could make to be a better wife to my husband... but I think something along the lines of the Love Dare or the Resolution for Women would be better if you're looking to make a change for your marriage/family. If you're looking for a real experiment (as I was, even if it failed horribly), this is NOT what you're looking for.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Loved it

    Loved this book! Will recommend to all of my mom friends!

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    I loved this book.  I loved the honesty and humor.  It definitel

    I loved this book.  I loved the honesty and humor.  It definitely challenged me to think about the Proverbs 31 wife differently and made me think about how I can apply those principals to my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2012

    An approachable perspective on Proverbs 31

    Sara does a wonderful job approaching the task set forth in Proverbs 31 which has always been daunting to the modern woman and I suppose the woman of Bible times. It does a great job to elevate the tasks of being a homemaker, a mom and a wife when done with heart, and appreciates those women who have careers to help the family financially. It offers great perspective for moms staying at home to respect those women out in the career world and also offers respect to those women who remain at home to be the best homemaker they possibly can be. Great read for any wife or mother!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 13, 2012

    Hit home

    This book, written casually and like a memoir of sorts, is a must read for the woman who strives to be a better wife and mother. It hit home for me as I am in grad school and battling with the idea of starting a family, and understanding my role in life. Some parts were slower, but others touched my heart. I highly recommend this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Amazing!

    This book helped me see Proverbs 31 in a new light. I am so happy that I read this book. You will not be disappointed in reading!

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  • Posted May 24, 2012

    Loved it

    This was a great read. Love seeing how other women strive to be a proverbs 31 wife. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Not for me

    Appreciated the author's honesty; however, she lacks life experience and insight.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 26, 2011

    do not recommend

    I didn't care for this book at all. I got through it but it was a chore.
    Just like all other books of this type, it ends up saying that you have to work from home or not work to really be able to focus on your family.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

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  • Posted October 15, 2011

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    You don't have to be perfect???

    Oh my goodness! You mean I'm not the only one that isn't the perfect Proverbs 31 wife? This book was such a refreshing take on Proverbs 31. Like the author, most times I read that notorious chapter I end up feeling like I should just beat my head against a wall because there is no way I will ever stack up. Most days it's all I can do to just keep my head above water and I'm not making any progress at all. Reading Sara's experiences with trying to be the perfect Proverbs 31 wife was so freeing for me. It made me realize that I don't have to be perfect, but I shouldn't just give up, I need to at least attempt and strive for better. It was convicting with out being condemning and above all it was filled with refreshing honesty!

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  • Posted September 14, 2011

    This book is so good I could hardly put it down

    I have really been going through a rough time this year, I have felt just like Sara when it comes to be a wife and mother. This book came at just the right time for me. The first night I read 80 pages on my nook!

    I could relate and really appreciated that she shares her struggles in everyday life.

    I recommend this book to anyone to is looking for a better relationship with not just your spouse but with the Lord too!

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    Posted May 14, 2012

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    Posted May 21, 2012

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