Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Book Tour and Review: The Beautiful Wife by Sandy Ralya

The Beautiful Wife by Sandy Ralya
Publisher: Kregel Publications
Date: January 18, 2012
Paperback, 240 pages
Also available: Mentor's Guide and Prayer Journal
ISBN: 9780825442209

buy the book from The Book Depository, free delivery

My Review:
After looking through The Beautiful Wife along with The Mentor's Guide and the Prayer Journal, I think this is a very well-thought out Bible Study for women and I hope to somehow get it started in our church.  I see it as a way to help instill a confidence that is already there in women and use this confidence to help in their marriage and help woment also in their walk with God.

The book is well laid out with each chapter focusing on a topic, like focusing on self-care, cultivating a mystique, inviting romance, thinking differently about sex, speaking the truth in love, managing money, personalizing the roles of wife and mother and choosing God's best.  And those are just a few, but those are some powerful chapters that can lead to some great discussions.  The Book alone can fascilitate great learning for the individual.  Add in the mentor's guide and the prayer journal and this study can add so much more to the individual's life.  I plan on starting it myself and exploring it and then seeing if there is any interest in the church since we just finished our Bible Study tonight.

I think Ms. Ralya has done a wonderful job putting these three books together to work together as either an individual study (the main book and the prayer journal) or as a group study where you can include the mentor's guide as well.  It is a wonderful study to really get women to think about their roles and things they could do in their marriage to bless it in small ways.  I know I will be using many of her ideas as I go through the study.

So if you are looking for a Bible study focused on women and marriage for you or for your church group, check this one out, it is a real winner. 

About the book:
The Beautiful Wife uses these inspiring stories along with biblical principles to guide and encourage any wife looking for God's best in her marriage. The Beautiful Wife answers serious questions women have about their roles as wives. Discussing everything from romance and money to beauty, communication, and sex, Sandy challenges women to open up and share their journeys so that together they can see God's plan for their marriages. "It is my passion to help women discover God's heart for their marriage, just as the other women helped me," writes Sandy. "When women share with each other the details of their journeys with God as wives, it's a beautiful thing indeed." The Beautiful Wife has two companion resources - Prayer Journal and Mentor's Guide.
About Sandy Ralya: 
Sandy Ralya is the founder and director of Beautiful Womanhood, a marriage mentoring ministry based near Grand Rapids, Mich. Her marriage testimony was the focus of a popular three-day interview on FamilyLife Today, TV's Walking by Faith, and Time Out for Women. Sandy is a sought-after speaker, presenting Beautiful Womanhood seminars to hundreds of women each year at MOPS groups, women's retreats, and church leadership conferences across the country and in Canada. Sandy and her husband Tom have been married since 1980, and have a growing number of grandchildren.
About the giveaway and party: 

Celebrate with Sandy by entering her Kindle Touch Giveaway and coming to her "Beautiful Womanhood" Facebook Party {3/8}!

One beautiful winner will receive:
  • A Brand new Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi
  • The Beautiful Wife By Sandy Ralya
  • The Beautiful Wife Prayer Journal and Mentor's Guide
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/7/12. Winner will be announced at Sandy's "Beautiful Womanhood" Facebook Party on 3/8. Sandy will be hosting an evening of chat, laughter and encouragement - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, prayer journals and a live chat with Sandy for your Bible study or small group!

So grab your copy of The Beautiful Wife and join Sandy and friends on the evening of March 8th for an evening of fun.
Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter
Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on March 8th!

Video Links:
1.      Sandy’s Testimony. This is directed primarily at wives. Sandy speaks to the mentors for a few seconds near the end, but her testimony will be one that resonates with wives as well.
2.      About BEAUTIFUL WOMANHOOD Ministry. This uses Sandy’s experience to speak directly to the marriage mentor to encourage and equip her role as a mentor.

***I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for an honest review.  I was not compensated in any other way except receiving the book for free. 


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