This week, I had the wonderful opportunity to review Darlene Schacht’s new book, The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife: 18 Powerful Lessons for Personal Growth. Darlene is a New York Times Best Selling Author and the creator of The Time-Warp Wife blog.
The book, currently available for Kindle (and will be released in paperback soon) is an 18 part study designed to help women grow closer to God and closer to their husbands. Darlene begins by digging deeper into what it means to be virtuous, and establishing a better understanding of what virtues are. The next 17 lessons focus on specific virtues for readers to explore and strive toward in their own lives. Included are: Purity, Self-control, Love, Diligence, Patience, Kindness, Humility, Faith, Forgiveness, Joy, Passion, Radiance, Encouragement, Balance, Goodness, Trustworthy, and Courage. Each lesson ends with a corresponding passage of scripture for further reading, prompts for journaling or small group discussion, and a virtue-driven prayer for personal growth.
Darlene’s transparent approach to sharing what God has done in her own life lends itself well to the informal nature of the study, setting a friendly, non-judgmental, and conversational tone. Her openness and honesty are refreshing and encourage the reader to be honest about her own areas of weakness and potential for growth.
As I read, I found the lessons to be very timely. With recent changes in my own family (including a new baby), I’m finding a new balance. Each day, I’m working to actively love my family more (sometimes this may simply look like me trying my hardest to keep my cool during a toddler meltdown!) and to be more diligent in my efforts as wife and mother while balancing all my responsibilities. The Virtuous Life of a Christ-Centered Wife was both encouraging and inspirational for me. I hope many of you will also check it out and challenge yourselves to be more intentional in what God has called you to be in your marriage.
“I’d rather be a crown than a trophy wife; I’d rather have virtue than vogue.”