Marriage is one of God’s greatest blessings, but it’s a blessing in need of constant loving maintenance. Barbara Rainey’s book, Letters to My Daughters: The Art of Being a Wife, contains the perfect recipe for keeping love alive and marriages thriving. Laced with metaphors from the artistic and culinary realms, Rainey’s passion for art shines through the book’s exquisite design, marking it as a gift book in addition to a personal bookshelf staple.
Seeing Your Marriage as a Work of Art
Through more than four decades of marriage, Barbara and Dennis have seen it all–triumphs, tragedies, mistakes, and enduring love and joy. As Barbara’s daughters began their own married lives, she wanted to share with them lessons she’d learned through her own marriage as well as those gleaned from years of ministry to couples. In these thoughtful letters she answers tough questions compiled from a multitude of young wives, addressing the realities of marriage with honesty and warmth.
Marriage is a complex work of art, and the callings of husband and wife are important individually but must work in harmony to create a beautiful whole greater than the sum of its parts. Throughout this lovely, gift-worthy book, Barbara uses the arts–painting, dancing, gardening, etc.–to reveal this truth in a wise, insightful, and visually captivating way.
May Letters to My Daughters inspire you to embrace the masterpiece of marriage God wants for you.
What I liked:
- The book boasts one of the most beautiful layouts I have seen lately. Word cloud illustrations in bold gold fonts interspersed throughout add a nice touch.
- Rainey’s tone is loving yet frank. She does not shy away from tough topics. Instead, she cites examples from her own marriage about how to overcome obstacles.
- The Bible is the foundation for Rainey’s marital advice. Her words on Page 51 resonated strongly. “It’s throwing yourself on Him because you have learned you simply cannot make this marriage thing that He created actually work.” Throughout her book, Rainey teaches readers how to throw themselves on Jesus and watch their marriages thrive through the power of His strength.
What I disliked:
Because I so enjoyed this book, I have little to say in the dislike category. Depending on the reader’s personal taste for fine arts and the culinary, the consistent use of these metaphors will either bring delight or give a slightly repetitive feel.
Overall rating: 5 of 5 Stars
**I received a free copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for an honest review.
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