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The Unveiled Wife {a Review}

While doing my research for my 31 Days of Pursuing Your Husband I came across a most excellent blog, UnveiledWife. There was so many wonderful words about marriage and our relationship with our husband and God; you can bet I was excited to see that Jennifer Smith had just released a book with these topics at its very heart! I was even more excited to see that she was asking for people to review it. *

About the book, from Amazon.com:
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.

Can you see why I was so excited about this?!Unveiled Wife

I read the book  pretty quickly, it was interesting reading about Jennifer and her husband’s marriage…it was kind of like a train-wreck, too awful to look away from…your heart breaking for them. The main issue, and cause of most other issues in their marriage, was a result of Jennifer’s body not being amenable to sex, for unknown reasons it was extremely painful.

Throughout the book the topic was discussed to the point that, honestly, I was tired of hearing about it, particularly given that no one was willing to pursue professional help. This issue was almost single-handedly destroying their marriage, because it was a source of stress and not something they were comfortable discussing, even with each other. {I do realize this is a very tough subject; for a multitude of reasons men and women are extremely uncomfortable seeking help for something they feel so alone in, particularly regarding sex and infertility}.

HOWEVER, this did not prevent me from gleaning numerous gems from The Unveiled Wife!

As women, we all have an innate ability to manipulate and hurt the people in our lives. It’s like we are somehow hard-wired to know exactly the things to say and do to hurt those we love most. We all have this perception {thank you Hollywood!} of what love and romance should look like and we feel robbed and cheated when we don’t get it. It is then that one of a few things will happen: We mentally check out of our reality and into fantasy {this is the reason for the popularity of 50 Shades of Gray}, we have an affair, or we habitually seek out a new relationship thinking it will be THE ONE!

Jennifer Smith addresses all of this! And more important than addressing it, she takes back the veil of deception we cover our selves with, she points unapologetically to the fact that this is SIN. It is our own selfishness, it is unkindness and it’s wrong. Our own expectations of what marriage should be {or life in general} can destroy us and our marriages when we allow them to consume us. Jennifer does a fantastic job of showing how this very thing was not only wreaking havoc on her marriage, but on her physically and mentally.

The Unveiled Wife is raw, it is written from the heart, expressing Jennifer’s pain and struggles with her relationship with her husband and with God. She faithfully points to God, how He protected her and loved her well, even when her husband couldn’t or it hurt. Even in that, she is honest about her relationship with God, her anger at him, her feelings that He did not love her, did not appreciate all she was doing in her life for Him. She very openly discusses how twisted her own relationship with God was and how He redeemed it.

Jennifer Smith does a wonderful job of explaining her story, her experience and the necessity of being unveiled before God and our husbands. As a wife these are the two MOST important relationships in our life and it is entirely essential for us to be unveiled and completely open in both, so that we may be truly intimate.

You can find more information about Jennifer Smith’s book  The Unveiled Wife here.

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*I received a copy of The Unveiled Wife for review purpose free in exchange for my honest opinions. You can read my disclosure policy here.

Christmas! {a Review}

When I heard, last year, that my friend Natasha was writing a Christmas book for kids I was beyond excited. {I have loved every single book that Natasha has come out with!} It released YESTERDAY! Just in time to get it before you forget, and close enough to Christmas to not forget where you put it. You’re welcome!

Christmas! An Advent Storybook for the Whole Family {Even the Littles} by Natasha Metzler

About the Book
Do your children know that Christmas was a rescue mission so that people could be friends with God? Through this Advent storybook, you can introduce your little ones to the loving God, the Savior of mankind, and the meaning of His birth. 25 engaging 1-minute stories, spanning the entire Bible, will make sharing the true meaning of Christmas with your little ones a simple and fun task, for even the most fidgety of kids.

With 5 kids 6 and under, I’m all about quick and engaging, but often the message is lost in brevity. Natasha and Brianna do a fantastic job of keeping the truths simple and the pictures colorful, with so much to look at and hear, my kids were fascinated with each page and wanted to read the whole book in one sitting {we may have done just that quite a few times}. There’s even a fun little bug for kids to search for on each page!

Christmas! An Advent Storybook for the Whole Family {Even the Littles} by Natasha Metzler

If you’re looking for a beautifully illustrated book, that speaks of God’s love and truth to little ones, that won’t devolve into a session of telling kids to “sit still” and “pay attention”…this is the book for you! You can purchase your copy at Amazon.comIf you love it, as I’m sure you will, leave a review on Amazon.com or GoodReads.com!

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Natasha shares the story behind Christmas! on her site, filled with God’s redemption and love in her own life. I’m always a sucker for a behind the scenes story and this one doesn’t disappoint!

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My Favorite Books for Advent

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It’s my most favorite time of the year…time to pull out all of the books that just give me the warm fuzzies like non-other can. While there are a plethora of stories that I thoroughly enjoy {I will be sharing them with you later this week}, there are a few special ones that bring to the forefront of my mind and heart, what this season is truly about. Those are the books I’m going to share with you today.

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This list certainly isn’t exhaustive as there are so many wonderful, WONDERFUL books that all seek to remind us of the importance and meaning of this season. These are the ones that I’ve just grown to love over time.

Women of Christmas: I reviewed this book last year and I’m so excited to get back into it this year! It shares the stories of 3 women surrounding the birth of Jesus, and how God was working in their life. It’s a great, fun, easy read, that’s just so enjoyable!

God Rest Ye Merry: My mom ordered this book for me the year it came out, but it ended up being so popular that it was backordered and didn’t show up until after Christmas! I read it anyway. The first half of the book is a discussion about the importance of Christmas across the board, from the politics to the parties. The second half is a daily devotional reading. Both are awesome!

The Greatest Gift: When I ordered this book last year I didn’t realize that it was a day by day advent reading, until it was halfway through the month. The great thing was that you can take it day by day or you can read it chunks at a time. I so want to have quiet time in these devotionals every day, but sometimes that just doesn’t happen. Either way the words in this book are a wonderful gift.

Unwrapping the Greatest Gift: I was excited when I heard that there was a family counter-part coming for The Great Gift! I took it out of hiding the other day to peruse the pages and see how it would fit into our family readings. It looks lovely! The illustrations are beautiful and each day of the month has a scripture reading, followed by a story; perfect for my kids!

The Purpose of Christmas: I received this book YEARS ago from Matt’s grandfather for Christmas {he bought one for everyone in the family}. It was a wonderful book! It’s a straight book, not a devotional, that gets right to the heart of the absolute meaning of Christmas, with none of the fluff. This book is a great balance to God Rest Ye Merry…they’re both on the same topic, but with a different perspective.

While this last one isn’t so much a book, it is an e-book with activities and scriptures to help your little ones to embrace Christmas, it is a wonderful addition, that I just couldn’t leave out! I even used Truth in the Tinsel last year for our Sunday School curriculum {they do sell one specifically for Sunday School, but I only had 2 kids}, the kids loved it and it was easy to put together.

You can find my list of Christmas stories HERE and our family favorites for Christmas books HERE.

My Favorite Christmas Stories

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I posted last week about my favorite books for Advent, the books that get my heart and mind in line with Christmas, but there are those books that are just my guilty pleasure, the ones that are read just for the joy of a wonderful story. There are so many Christmas stories out there, some of them have such heart to them, that they become those that you read over and over again. Some you read once, but they stick with you year after year.

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson

An Irish Christmas by Melody Carlson

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

The Christmas Quilt / The New Years Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini

While We’re Far Apart by Lynn Austin
This isn’t billed as a Christmas story, but so much of the plot centers and happens around Christmas that I was rather disappointed to have read it in February and not at Christmas. Also, it takes place during WWII.

The Christmas Bus by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Tree by Julie Salamon

The Handmaid and the Carpenter by Elizabeth Berg

Where Treetops Glisten by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putnam, and Sarah Sundin. I just read and reviewed this post last week. It was a great story. I love WWII history, but especially Christmas stories.

I started to notice a trend while compiling some of my favorites: I strongly favor WWII stories and the Christmas writings of Melody Carlson. Must be something about them.

Here’s a few more suggested reads: Some of them I hadn’t even heard of {and promptly had to purchase}!

What are some of your favorite stories to read at Christmas time?

You can find my list of Favorite Advent books HERE and our family favorites for Christmas books HERE.

From Busy to Blessing – Blessing Others through Your Love of Reading

Do you like to read? Do all your friends tell you they don’t know how you find the time to read as much as you do? That’s great! Keep on reading! I’ve nowFrom Busy to Blessing Blessing Others through Your Love of Reading @JessicaMWhite.com
taken the approach that I can be a filter of sorts for my friends. I can read the books I want, without feeling like I’m wasting valuable time.

There are thousands of books on parenting, on homeschooling, on faith, on marriage, on nutrition, and while I can’t read every single one of them, I can pass them along to my friends.

I can spend my time and love of reading to turn around and bless others with sharing a quick review with them, whether it’s one that they need to take the time to read or not. Or one that I can just as easily share the few notes and pearls of wisdom that I gleaned from my readings, sparing them the guilt of not having the time to read an entire book.

You can do this with ANYTHING, not just books. Find a great article somewhere, pass it along to you friends. Share what you’ve discovered in the word, whether the Bible, the news, or in a book. In this modern day world of email, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest….bless those around you by sharing the good you find!

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