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

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

by Jay Payleitner


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780736954853
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
Publication date: 08/01/2013
Pages: 195
Sales rank: 418,411
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.46(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Asking You to Trust Me 9

A Husband Needs His Wife…

1 To Slide Over Next to Him 11

2 To Know His Likes 13

3 To Expect Some Flaws 15

4 To Condone His Man Cave 19

5 To Hold Down the Fort 23

6 To Be Careful About Scheduling Expectations 27

7 To Be Captivating 31

8 To Let Him Be More Than a Babysitter 33

9 To Love On Him 37

10 To Just Stop It, for Goodness' Sake 41

11 To Be a Great Present-Opener 45

12 To Keep Doing What You're Doing 49

13 To Give Him Time to Decompress After Work 53

14 To Be Flattered When You're on His Mind 57

15 To Keep the Light On for Him 61

16 To Cry and Laugh Together with Him 65

17 To Forgive Him, Especially If He Won't Forgive Himself 69

18 To Not Join In on the Husband-Bashing 73

19 To Redeem Those Love Coupons Promptly 75

20 To Put In Your 10,000 Hours 79

21 To Rescue Him from Himself 83

22 To Survive Your Mother-In-Law 87

23 To Recommend Some Amusing Outings Once in a While 91

24 To Make Marriage Sexy Again 95

25 To Be Last at the Cross and First at the Tomb 99

26 To Make the Bed (or Not) 103

27 To Follow Her Heart When It Comes to Careers and Kids 107

28 To Realize You Can't Nag Him into the Kingdom 111

29 To Learn the Lessons of the Nap 115

30 To Keep Him in the Loop 119

31 To Hit Bottom with Him 121

32 To Fight Fair 125

33 To Laugh at Marriage 129

34 To Ask the Right Question at the Right Time 133

35 To Do This 135

36 To Expect They Will Track with Each Other 78 Percent of the Time 139

37 To Be Courageous 143

38 To Appoint Him as Project Co-Manager 145

39 To Realize That His Anger Is Not Really Directed at You 149

40 To Chase Her Dreams 151

41 To Applaud His Tenacious Focus on the Task at Hand 155

42 To Understand the Slippery Slope 159

43 To Buy Two Jars of Peanut Butter 163

44 To Read the Verses That Come Before and After Ephesians 5:22 165

45 To Forgive Him at the First Hint of an Apology 169

46 To Know a Few Other Secrets That Didn't Qualify for an Entire Chapter 173

47 To Get on the Same Page 177

48 To See the Seasons 181

49 To Play Hard-to-Get 185

50 To Treasure the Traditional Roles 189

51 To Give Him Credit 191

52 To Trust Love 193

Notes 197

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52 Things Husbands Need from Their Wives: What Wives Can Do to Build a Stronger Marriage 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago