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It seems only fitting that as I sit here awaiting the birth of my third child, that I read a book about my husbands needs. I happened to finish 2 really good books just before I delivered #2 and it really is an excellent way to go into a new season of life. After all, as I give birth & nurture the new life we have created, it really is all about my healing & the needs of a newborn. There is no after birth care for dad!
Especially in the period where I cannot attend to normal wifely duties, it is more important than ever that I be cognizant of his other needs. And so it was perfect that the May/June Gabby Mom’s review product was a set of books — For Women Only & For Men Only.
God must have known that I needed a refresher because although I opted out of June’s review due to being, well DUE, I got the products anyway. While I didn’t read For Men Only (it’s all about me right now anyway!), I read For Women Only and it was a fabulous, and fabulously timed, book.
If you have never read a good, Godly book on how men think, this book will be an eye opener for you. If you have, it is an easy to read refresher. In fact, I’m going to add it to my permanent reread/refresh list.
Written by Shaunti Feldhahn, For Women Only is in its second edition and covers the results of a huge survey of men — from their twenties to seventies. And the vast majority of them feel the same way about a variety of subjects. In particular, she touches on respect, how he thinks, feelings of inadequacy, being a provider, physical intimacy, visual cues, romance, how you care for yourself and what he wishes you knew.
I have read many good books on men & how they work and there were things she touched on that I didn’t know. There were also some things that I knew, but didn’t quite GET until she presented them a certain way.
Overall, though, I’m really glad that I had a chance to read For Women Only before the new baby came. I’m armed with the tools I need to make him feel respected, important and loved through these extremely difficult next few weeks and months. If taking care of your hubby is not on part of your preparation for baby, you might consider adding it to your list.
You can view the first chapter of For Women Only here, and the first chapter of For Men Only here.
If these books look like they would help your marriage, you can visit Randy’s Rib from June 17 – 21, 2013 to enter to win a copy of the DVD bundle for For Women Only/For Men Only. The bundle will include the NEW dvd study that comes out June 18th which is a study that includes a men’s study, women’s study and couples study along with the leader guide and a copy of For Women Only, and For Men Only books.
Eternal Encouragement Magazine, who sponsored this review, has a quarterly magazine filled with encouragement for the Godly wife. You can subscribe to their free digital magazine here.