Item description for Sacred Influence: How God Uses Wives to Shape the Souls of Their Husbands by Gary Thomas...
Overview Applying the concepts from his bestseller Sacred Marriage, Gold Medallion Award?winning author Gary Thomas reveals what a man needs from his wife to become the husband she wants. Now in softcover!
Publishers Description If you re sick of all the ways you ve tried to bring about change in your marriage---the silent treatment, nagging, one-way discussions, or pleading---it s time to set aside those broken methods for a Christ-based approach. This book demonstrates how women can inspire, influence, and help their husbands move in positive directions. Replacing your plan of action with God s leads to a marital transformation where both partners are moving in sync, the way God intended. Gary Thomas draws concepts from his bestseller, Sacred Marriage, and outlines practical applications you can start using today. He also shows how marriages were transformed through these methods employed by real-life women. In these pages, you ll also find a fresh perspective to help you understand your husband: the view of the marriage relationship through a man s eyes. Thomas gives you insider information on how men think, feel, and can truly be motivated."
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More About Gary Thomas
Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today, and a popular speaker around the world. His award-winning books have been translated into a dozen languages and sold hundreds of thousands copies. Thomas and his wife have three children.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sacred Influence?
Good book, very helpful; some drawbacks Jun 9, 2007
I must first and formost admit that this is was a very difficult book for me to read. The TRUTH presented in it hit home like a tone of bricks! I really appreciate Mr. Thomas's point of view and I really like that this book is written from a man's point of view. I really feel like God has chosen me to do a good work in my husband's life. This book has helped me see how I have not been cooperating with God in being a Godly influence to my husband. Here's the thing: I'm not sure I would recommend this book for women who are being neglected or emotionally/physically abused by their husband. Women in this position are in a very delicate state and need to be built up in God and receive a stronger foundation in Him before being able to take a look at themselves throught the lens of this book. There are elements in this book that may inadvertently reinforce a woman's belief that her mistreatment is her doing and her responsibility. A woman's abuse at the hands of her husband is his choice and his choice ALONE. There are so many woman out there who need to be empowered FIRST, before one is able to pick apart their roles in their abusive relationships. There needs to be a greater awareness of this issue and it needs to be addressed more openly in books that deal with the woman's role in the marriage.
Although there was a chapter on husbands who are unsaved, it was not adequate. This kind of union has different needs from a christian union and I felt that this book did not provide this different perspective.
Another bad taste that was left in my mouth after all this was that in my readings of so many of the Christian lit on marriage (including this one), men seem to not be held accountable for ungodly behavior as much as women. Despite this very valuable point of view from Mr. Thomas, it lacks any kind of idea that men should be held accountable for the mistreatment of their wives.
I gave this book four stars because I feel like despite it's drawbacks it has helped me realize that by honoring my husband I'm really honoring God. It is God who requires me to be a good wife to my husband and that fact is paramount to whatever self-centered feelings I may have toward my marriage and my husband. This book defintely helps you to realize how you can be the wife God wants you to be.
The best of its kind! Feb 26, 2007
Of all the marriage books written, Sacred Marriage (for couples) and Sacred Influence (for women) are the best and most realistic. After 30 years of marriage, these two books have significantly helped my marriage to reach a level of love, respect and contentment that none of the other counsels on marriage have. I've given these to both of my children to get them started off right. Even my mother said she wishes she'd had this book years ago.
A truly phenomenal, life-changing book Feb 2, 2007
To date, this book has been the greatest blessing of my married life. Gary Thomas is exceptionally insightful and writes with a heart of compassion and humility that translates loud and clear. I've read through several of the chapters with my husband and was delighted to discover just how much he identified with what Thomas said about the way men think and feel. After reading and discussing together, we had some really great breakthroughs in communication, just realizing where the other person was coming from, perspective-wise. I was amazed.
The subtitle really captures the essence of the book: "What a Man Needs from His Wife to Be the Husband She Wants". Each chapter focuses on a different area of potential difficulty in a marriage where personal change and growth in your own life WILL have an effect on your relationship with your husband. This is not easy to hear when you are frustrated with a difficult spouse! But I can personally attest, following this way of thinking/acting has the power to change your marriage forever. And in the process you will find yourself closer to God and more joyful than ever before!
As other reviewers have stated, "Sacred Influence" stands solidly on Scripture and sound theology. Happily, unlike other books of admittedly equal theological quality, this book is a great read - Thomas has a very engaging and enjoyable writing style. He incorporates many fun and fascinating stories of both present-day and historical couples and lots of personal experience. But don't expect an easy read though; as I mentioned above, the content is extremely personally challenging and goes against just about everything we hear in our culture! Change takes work. I've now learned that to become an element of change in my marriage and my husband's life, that work needs to start with me.
I've been going through and discussing the book a chapter at a time with a small group of women from my church, which has been an added blessing. I highly recommend it for group study - especially in a setting with mixed ages/marital experience, where different perspectives and experiences add valuable insight. And our group has also demonstrated that this book is perfect for wives of vastly differing ages and length/type of marriage - the principles are still the same and we ALL need them! :-)
Excellent Observations Jan 30, 2007
Of the many books on husband/wife relationship this stands out as one of the best.
Excellent guidance Jan 20, 2007
Sacred Influence is an amazing book that empowers women and really teaches the Godly way to be a wife and not get caught up in what the rest of the world says a wife should be or do. I found in my greatest moments of desperation I could turn to this book and be led to an empowered place rather than helpless place. It has also opened up some conversation and humor about the male brain chemistry that my husband and I are able to use rather than become frustrated.