As a young bride, Jennifer Smith couldn’t wait to build her life with the man she adored. She dreamed of closeness, of being fully known and loved by her husband. But the first years of marriage were nothing like she’d imagined. Instead, they were marked by disappointment and pain. Trapped by fear and insecurity, and feeling totally alone, Jennifer cried out to God: What am I doing wrong? Why is this happening to us? It was as if a veil had descended between her and her husband, and between her and God—one that kept her from experiencing the fullness of love. How did Jennifer and her husband survive the painful times? What did they do when they were tempted to call it quits? How did God miraculously step in during the darkest hour to rescue and redeem them, tearing down the veil once and for all? The Unveiled Wife is a real-life love story; one couple’s refreshingly raw, transparent journey touching the deep places in a marriage that only God can reach. If you are feeling disappointment or even despair about your marriage, the heart-cry of this book is: You are not alone. Discover through Jennifer’s story how God can bring you through it all to a place of transformation.
This is one of those very powerful books that has the ability to change lives for the better. Smith’s honesty and encouragement inspired me to take an honest look at my own failings and see where I can change.
I love the layout of this book! Sometimes nonfiction books can be a little dry or readers can get so caught up in the story of the author that we don’t look at ways to apply their knowledge to our own lives. However, Smith shares the story of her marriage in short, interesting chapters and then follows up with relevant questions at the end of the chapter to aid readers in looking at their own marriage relationship.
While reading the book, I kept flipping back to the cover and thinking to myself, “But she looks so happy now!” It encouraged me to keep reading, even though it was difficult at times to imagine how the Smith’s marriage survived. It is truly a testament to how diligently seeking God can heal a marriage.
I’ve read several books that have been the result of the author first starting a blog and then it morphing into a book. A couple of them I have checked out the blog afterward and read some of the posts. This is the first book where I checked out the blog with the intention of following the blog and reading it on a regular basis.
This is a really great book about marriage. I haven’t enjoyed a book about deepening the marriage relationship so much since some of the Gary Chapman books. I can’t give any higher compliment than that to Smith and her wonderful book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.