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My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife: A One-Year Experiment...and Its Liberating Results

My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife: A One-Year Experiment...and Its Liberating Results

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by Sara Horn

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Can a modern wife be submissive to her husband?

In her highly anticipated sequel to My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife, author Sara Horn takes on one of the most widely debated subjects for a Christian wife—marital submission.

What does biblical submission look like for wives today? And why is submission viewed as such a


Can a modern wife be submissive to her husband?

In her highly anticipated sequel to My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife, author Sara Horn takes on one of the most widely debated subjects for a Christian wife—marital submission.

What does biblical submission look like for wives today? And why is submission viewed as such a dirty word by so many women and men in our culture, including Christians? Can a happily married couple live out the biblical model of submission and be the better for it?

Horn takes on a one-year experiment to seek answers to these questions and to explore what it means to be submissive as a wife and “helper” to her husband. The answers—and her discoveries—may surprise you.

This unique, entertaining, and thought-provoking personal account will challenge women to throw out their preconceived notions of what a submissive wife looks like and seek fresh leading from God for their lives and marriages today.

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Publishers Weekly
In a sequel to her My So-Called Life as a Proverbs 31 Wife, the founder of Wives of Faith, a ministry to military wives, follows a “One-Year Experiment... and Its Liberating Results” by being submissive to her husband. Horn chronicles her experiences in somewhat disorganized journal fashion, offering thoughts and lessons learned during the process, but doesn’t tackle the subject in a broader or theological sense. Humor laces anecdotes about how she doesn’t always succeed at being a helper; how her husband doesn’t always understand to be the leader (one hopes she submissively asked his permission to include his failures); and how her efforts to put God first do seem to result in improvements in their home. Just what does it mean to be a submissive wife in today’s culture which demands equality and just how far can she take charge to ensure her husband’s leadership? This book will appeal to those who already are committed to submitting to their husbands, but won’t satisfy those looking for debate on the interpretation of biblical verses requiring that wives submit nor will it be very useful for those whose husbands are not as easy to get along with as Horn’s. Agency: Alive Communications. (Aug.)

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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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My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife: A One-Year Experiment...and Its Liberating Results 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors! Sara brings to light a subject that is hard to swallow and not only shows the reality behind it, but though humor shows us the trials and successes of her self imposed challenge.  Wonderful and easy read, perfect for women of all ages. Highly recommend if for self study or women's groups.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sara's words are practical, thought-provoking, and encouraging. Her stories are funny and meaningful and more then once gave me a feeling of de-ja-vu. But even better then her easy reading, down to earth chapters, Sara has draws you to the heart of God. She uses Ephesians 5:22 to remind us that wives are to submit to their husbands as they do to God. So more importantly then coming to grips with submitting to my husband is submitting to the heart of God. Sara puts it as loving HIS way. Honor. Intention. Selflessness. This book brings a hard topic to life. Read it to laugh and be encouraged. But more importantly, use it as a platform to draw closer to the heart of God.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lindsay Satmary for Readers' Favorite I know what you’re thinking. You have a vision of some poor woman slaving away, baking endless pies for the rest of her life. I thought the same thing; this is definitely not me. But then, out of curiosity, I read the description of the book and decided to give it a chance despite my reservations. I’m glad I did. The word “submissive” carries with it such a negative connotation in our modern society where women are striving to be equals. However, the concept of being a submissive wife in this book has nothing at all to do with baking pies and being a June Cleaver, but everything to do with the way that God intended a marriage to be. It’s about allowing your husband to become the head of the household and, in doing so, the mutual support for one another builds a strong marriage that will last a lifetime.  I’m the first to admit that this is not something I’m good at. At all. But after reading  My So-Called Life as a Submissive Wife by Sara Horn, I would be willing to at least try. And I think I will end up surprising myself, just as Sara did. As she mentions from the very beginning, if you’re looking for a how-to manual, this is not it. This book is a very honest and real experience that she shares in such a way that we feel we’re experiencing everything along with her. She shares the same questions, concerns, and struggles that most modern day women would have regarding such a topic. She learns lessons, makes mistakes, and grows as a person. It’s been a while since I’ve read such an honest account of someone’s personal journey that I could identify with so well.  I highly recommend this book to every Christian wife and strongly believe that upon finishing the book, you too will have a new perspective on the way that God intended marriage to function. Rather than losing freedom, Sara gained so much more. I believe if I follow in her footsteps, I can achieve similar results. If you want to improve your marriage, you should read the book and learn about what Sara learned throughout her one-year-long experiment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sara explores what it is to be submissive and how to incorporate it in marriage. This is not a how-to book, but one can definitely learn from it. I believe the most important part of the book is the communication with her husband from this task. In my own life, it helped to show me that submission can be different in every marriage and trying to be a submissive wife is a unique experience for every woman.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started reading this book. I was hoping the book wasn’t going to be just a dry theological lesson. Had it been, I either would have most likely stop reading or possibly finish it with battle wounds upon recognizing my own ongoing failings. But this book was much different than I expected! The book is not a how to manual but rather the writings, in a wonderful conversational style, of a woman who honestly shares her failures and successes in seeking to honor God and her husband. She uses humor as she shares stories of her day-to-day life and the choices she makes in different situations. From those choices she learns more and more what it looks like to submit to her husband. Through her spiritual growth and choices, it becomes obvious the changes that take place in her as well as her husband. Sara’s honesty is part of what draws in the reader to the point that you feel as though you have made a new friend. As a reader, you can sense she is warm, genuine and down to earth. Because of these qualities, I found that what I learned from her could be applied it to my own marriage. I recommend this book. You won’t be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What an encouraging book! I love how Sara lets you in to her family, her marriage. I often felt she was writing about me and my husband! This book has helped me to start a dialog with my husband and has given me a lot to pray about. I look forward to rereading it and passing it along to friends. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Society today will tell you, “Do not read this book!”. However, I challenge you to step out of the box and READ THIS BOOK! This is not a “how to”, or a “do this and you can accomplish being the perfect wife” type of book. It is an earnest look into one women’s journey to get closer to God and closer to the wife, mother and child of God that He intends her to be. Sara Horn is a woman like you and me just trying to dive deeper into the word of God. It’s honest, thought provoking and humorous to read about her journey. I saw myself throughout the book, my circumstances different, but the internal conflicts and feelings were the same. We are not meant to be door mats. That is not what is meant when the Bible uses the word submission. Society has twisted that word into something ugly. So I say gain a new perspective on this word by reading this book and just see where it takes you. I will leave you with one of my WOW moments from this book: “But I’m not sure God designed us as wives to be yes-women to our husbands. Otherwise, where does the whole “iron sharpening iron” thing happen?” (Pg183 Sara Horn) You and your husband should sharpen each other!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sara Horn's newest release is another hit! I fell in love with her writing when I read her Proverbs 31 Wife book last Christmas. Her witty, real-life, heartfelt writing carries through to the Submissive Wife book as well. This truly is a book for wives of all ages and is now on my list for wedding shower gifts, along with her Proverbs 31 book! Sara uses her real life experiences to share with us the joys, frustrations, fears and amazing changes being a submissive wife can bring to a marriage. Including her husband's thoughts and reactions to this whole submissive wife thing takes this book up a level, especially page 184, which particularly resonated with me and my marriage. Read it, read it again, then pass it on to another wife who could use some encouragement.