The bestselling author of Sacred Marriage returns to show wives how to revolutionize their marriage through helping, inspiring, and influencing their husbands.
Women: you're not alone in your marriage. You never have been, and you never will be. While it may not always feel like it, God wants you to have a relationally healthy, emotionally engaged, and spiritually mature husband.
In Loving Him Well - previously titled Sacred Influence - Gary Thomas builds on concepts from his bestselling book Sacred Marriage to reveal the inner workings of a man's heart and mind. He delves into Scriptures that help women gain biblical insight to influence their husbands. Exploring the research of neuroscientists, trained counselors, and abuse victim advocates, Gary also interviews dozens of wives to find what has worked and what hasn’t as they've sought to build the best marriage possible.
With new stories and fresh illustrations to help wives understand, love, and influence their husbands, Loving Him Well offers encouragement, biblically based support, and practical applications for the transformation of your marriage, drawing you and your husband closer together, the way God intended.
Thomas desires to "encourage women who are in good marriages that could get even better; and offer hope and a new path forward to women who feel invisible or marginalized in their marriage." You'll discover the influence you can gain and the peace of mind you can build when you go first to God for your worth, validation, protection, and provision and then learn how to use that platform to help your husband draw closer to you and closer to God.
Loving Him Well includes study questions at the end of each chapter and is also available in Spanish, Amándolo bien.
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Gary Thomas is a writer in residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, Texas, and an adjunct faculty member teaching on spiritual formation at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon and Houston Theological Seminary in Houston, Texas. He is the author of 19 books, including Sacred Marriage, Sacred Pathways, Cherish, Sacred Parenting, and the Gold Medallion Award-winning Authentic Faith. He has a master’s degree from Regent College, where he studied under Dr. J.I. Packer, and was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity from Western Seminary. Gary has spoken in 49 states and 10 different countries. He has appeared numerous times on various national radio and television programs, including CBN, Focus on the Family and Family Life Today.
Table of Contents
Preface to New Edition 9
Introduction: God Hears and Sees 13
Part 1 Your Marriage Makeover Begins with You
1 The Glory of God in a Woman 23
Understanding Who You Are in Christ
2 "Be Worthy of Me" 35
How God Uses the Weaknesses of Others to Help Us Grow
3 The Beauty of God's Strength in a Woman 49
Becoming Strong Enough to Address Your Husband's "Functional Fixedness"
Part 2 Creating the Climate for Change
4 Accepting a Man Where He Is 67
Understanding a Man's Deepest Thirst
5 Asking God for Fresh Eyes 81
How You Can Know Love with an Imperfect Man
6 The Helper 103
Embracing the High Call of Marriage
7 Understanding the Male Mind 120
Learning to Make Your Husband's Masculinity Work for You instead of against You
Part 3 Confronting Her Most Common Concerns
8 Ray and Jo: Taming the Temper, Part 1 141
Self-Respect as a First Defense against Your Husband's Anger
9 Taming the Temper, Part 2 163
Protecting Yourself from Your Husband's Anger
10 Rich and Pat: The Magic Question 174
Helping Your Husband Become More Involved at Home
11 Pure Passion 189
Cementing Your Husband's Affections and Protecting His Spiritual Integrity
12 The Problem of Porn 207
Helping Your Husband Overcome a Most Destructive Habit
13 Ken and Diana: Affair on the Internet 230
Winning Back the Husband Who Strays
14 John and Catherine: Finding Faith 244
Influencing a Nonbelieving or Spiritually Immature Husband
Epilogue: Everlasting Beauty 265
A Note from Gary 279