On My Bookshelf: The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife by Darlene Schacht
I was thrilled when Darlene Schacht of Time-Warp Wife made it possible for fellow bloggers to read and review her book released earlier this year. I finished reading this book a few months back, and it has taken me a moment to think of what I really want to share with you all about this small book of great impact.
I will start out by saying that during the time I received this book, I was struggling in my role as a wife. I truly was not being a virtuous wife so I knew that this book was right on time, and a blessing.
I took my time reading it to allow each scripture and message to manifest itself within me. I did not desire to hurry through it.
Darlene focuses on 18 virtues related to being a virtuous wife including: diligence, self-control, encouraging, loving, patient, humble, faithful, and forgiving. The thing that I enjoyed most about this book is that Darlene shared some of her story, God's word, and bible study through SOAP.
My favorite section was "A Joyful Wife". She references 2 Corinthians 9:6-8, and shares with the readers that when we give of ourselves generously we will receive generously. She is not limiting this to finances, but in all that we do including child rearing, home making, and helping others. There were times throughout this year that I found myself growing weary from my tasks, but you know the words in this chapter did wonders for my heart.
This book could be considered as a how-to to being a Christ-Centered wife, but I saw it as encouragement to continue to seek Christ in all that you do even when you think that you have everything under control. This book is a great reminder of the things that we should strive to focus on during our journey as humans not just wives.
No matter where you are in marriage, I would recommend The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife. It can be gentle encouragement, confirmation of the things that you are already doing, or it could be used as a weekly devotional to keep you centered.