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Preparing To Be A Help Meet: A Good Marriage Starts Long Before the Wedding
     

Preparing To Be A Help Meet: A Good Marriage Starts Long Before the Wedding

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by Debi Pearl
 

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Being a good help meet starts long before marriage. It is a mindset, a learned habit, a way of life established as a young unmarried girl or at least that s the way it should be. Nearly every wife will confess that the first year or two of married life was... how shall I say ... a frustrating learning experience. Most girls spend plenty of time planning for their

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Being a good help meet starts long before marriage. It is a mindset, a learned habit, a way of life established as a young unmarried girl or at least that s the way it should be. Nearly every wife will confess that the first year or two of married life was... how shall I say ... a frustrating learning experience. Most girls spend plenty of time planning for their wedding, but make no preparation for the weeks and years to follow. Many wives are provoked to bitterness during the first year and never get over it. All this could so easily be avoided with simple instruction. It was with good reason God said let the aged women teach the younger. Trial and error is not the best teacher when it comes to marriage. It is much less painful to learn beforehand what God has to say about your role as a help meet to that special man God will bring into your life. It is the older women who have experienced the joys of a good marriage whom God has appointed to pass along his instructions. That is what has been done in this new book Preparing to Be a Help Meet. Preparing to Be a Help Meet contains six sweet love stories written by wives sharing their experiences about how God taught them to be the help meets they are today. Three of the stories are from wives that have been married over 40 years. Three stories are by new brides who, before marriage, were trained to be the help meet God intended. All the love stories are beautiful, and will show you how wonderful it is to walk together in God s light. In addition to the six personal testimonies, this book is full of short stories from a wide range of cultural backgrounds. The book consists of funny tales, ideas of how to gain a good man s attention, and even a tragic testimony. All teach important lessons! You will meet Grabbers and Hidden Flowers , and discover how to avoid being either. The chapter on Antsy Babes will remind you why patience is so important. You will be warned as you read stories of how texting, e-mailing and other forms of cyberspace have destroyed many budding relationships and even marriages.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616440114
Publisher:
No Greater Joy Ministries, Inc.
Publication date:
08/27/2010
Series:
A Good Marriage Starts Long Before the Wedding Series
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
299
Sales rank:
354,767
File size:
881 KB

Meet the Author

Debi Pearl and husband Michael have 5 children and 15 grandchildren. Between them they have author 14 books and 8 booklets which combined have sold millions. Learn more about them and sign up for the No Greater Joy bi-monthly magazine at NoGreaterJoy.org. Debi Pearl grew up during the 1960s at the height of the hippie revolution and the Jesus Movement. The forced draft due to the Vietnam War brought a sense of eternity to the youth, provoking them to seriously consider their souls. It was a time of a great move of the Spirit of God. As a teenager, dressed in tie-dye tee shirt and long drooping peasant skirt, she stood on the highways and byways sharing the gospel and seeing miracle after miracle of God's amazing grace. She married her life mate, Michael Pearl, in 1971.

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Preparing to Be a Help Meet 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very encouraging! Young women in this country so desperately need to be exposed to these truths--God may use this to help them.
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This book is not for those of Reformed beliefs, and the articulation of some subjects could have been written more clearly as some subjects were not explained well. I recently tried to use this with a group who could not get past the errors in the book to see any value. On some points we could see what the author seemed to want to say but did not and it caused some confusion. This group is mostly reformed believers. Also it would seem as though the author expects woman to be door mats and I am sorry but I do not believe the Bible preaches that woman are of such low value. We are equal to our husbands, though he will have the final say. Women are not called to sit quietly and take orders from men. The author was too limiting in her approach for her word studies leaving out important aspects of some words. I would not recommend this book.
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ashley beeler More than 1 year ago
i love this book it is a book you will keep forever bc when you see yourself slipping up you just go back and it teaches you how to get back on he tracks it teaches you just to focus on god and how to be a perfect help meet.
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Romashka More than 1 year ago
Every young girl should read this book! It will really help you to prepare to become good wife and encourage you to have awesome, useful single years.
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Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
The stories of courtship and marriage from various ladies were very helpful (and often hilarious). A few that really touched my heart: 1. Mrs. Pearl's story of how she met her husband, which doubles as a reminder of why we should always be praying, for everyone we meet, but especially for those in authority and for people who preach the gospel. 2. Lydia and Billy's story. Lydia didn't know Billy that well, but when he stepped forward, she prayed and asked for advice from godly people who could offer her some much-needed counsel and perspective. This story also mentioned how important it is to be wise in your online writing and interactions. 3. Patricia's story with the fleas. It made me laugh, and it's an excellent lesson in humility. Some other fantastic elements: 1. There's a wonderful 50-page Teacher's Guide in the back of the book, so that you can share these stories and scriptural teachings with others in a weekly class. It's a great idea for Sunday School or a Wednesday night get-together for girls. 2. Male input. These wonderful gray inserts on most of the pages show what a few different Christian men think about what Mrs. Pearl is teaching. It's a good strategy to let readers know we're not off in girly-dreamland, learning stuff we /think/ godly men would approve of, that actually has no bearing in reality. 3. A caution to the self-righteous. Think you'll be an excellent wife by being extra-holy and shunning everyone who isn't? A critical attitude and a fussy adherance to rules doesn't make anyone more loveable, nor does it spread the love of Christ. 4. A guide to personality types. Three chapters are dedicated to three different basic personalities for men (Prophet/Visionary, Priest/Steady Man, King/Command Man), and three different types of girls are also mentioned. Readers can get a feel for their own God-given strengths and weaknesses by deciding if they're a Servant (I'm definitely not), a Dreamer (somewhat), or a Go-To Gal (Yes). I'd also like to note that the book is a lovely visual treat. From the heart-and-ribbon cover to the pink letters and accents on every page to the "Your Treasure Chest" sections for taking notes after every chapter, it manages to be simple and straightforward, but incredibly pleasing to the eye. So there's a lot of encouragement and sweetness inside, but it's a hard book to read, too, because it confronts you with all the ways you're not aligning with God's Word and His plan. On my first read-through, I cringed so many times because I knew I was reading about situations that either described what I was doing wrong, or what I /should/ be doing, but wasn't. But I keep coming back, because I know that the Lord's wisdom is speaking to me through the book. I've read it 3 times now and plan to read it more--I cringe less every time, as I allow Jesus to change me. Beware of any Christian book whose doctrine makes you feel comfortable and cozy on the first read. Our great comfort comes in Heaven, but here on earth we've got a lot of work to do, a lot of people to love, and a future to prepare for.
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