March 23, 2018 Matthew

The Excellent Wife by Martha Peace ★★★★★

The title of this book comes from Proverbs 12:4 and 31:10,

An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, but she who brings shame is like rottenness in his bones.
 (Proverbs 12:4)

An excellent wife who can find? She is far more precious than jewels. (Proverbs 31:10)

These verses are razor sharp. And this book is no less sharp. It teaches obedience to the Word, a concept now looked at negatively. Nonetheless this book ranks at the top for books on Amazon with over 300 reviews. Does anyone know about it in your church?

What you get with this is essentially the doctrine of wife-hood. Where many other Christian books focusing on womanhood want to pull the reader away from the Word and focus on success, competing in the world, and striving to be all you can be, this book unashamedly focuses and draws readers straight into the concrete scriptural definition. There are hundreds of citations to Scripture. Almost every thought is grounded in some verse. Everything is there. It is not a feel-good book, but an obedience book which is where the razor sharpness cuts through modern sentiment. You either want to obey the Lord and so will love what this book has to offer or you will not want to be obedient to the Lord and so resent it.

God has an idea in mind of what a wife is, just as he does a husband, and that will never change. It never has nor will ever be up for re-interpretation, revising, or debate.  It didn’t change between the example of Abraham’s wife Sarah and the time of the Apostles two thousand years later. Why should it change now?

The perspective you are left with after reading this is that wifehood (as is husbandhood) is a ministry. Like the apostle, evangelist, preacher, teacher, or prophet, do not go into their respective ministry for the sake of what they can get out of it. They go into it for the sake of giving, loving, and serving the Lord. You do it for the Lord’s sake.

This a truly solid book. I’m glad and relieved that there are women bold enough to stand up for the Word like this.

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