As a happily married counselor and minister, I (foolishly) didn't really think I needed this book when it was first given to me. But I was professionally surprised and personally comforted when I went ahead and gave it a go. Omartian's writing is warm, open, honest, biblical, and right on about the common problems today's wives and marriages face. She provides a tangible solution that moves beyond the complaining and manipulation that desperation often leads to. She shows that no woman has to live in frustration, even if her husband is sometimes, well, shall we say, less than a knight in shining armor?
I feel sorry for the new bride who wrote in thinking she didn't need this book because 'only women on the verge of divorce' have days when they don't really "like" their husbands. That is exactly the kind of idealistic thinking that leads to divorce once real life hits, and the kind of thinking this book will help any woman, newly married, tried and true, or packing her bags, to move beyond so she can go do something constructive to keep her marriage healthy. No one can change another human being (unfortunately), but this book helps you learn how to ask God to change the both of you for a better, peaceful marriage.
As for one reviewer's claims that the author advocates abuse, that is a tragic and surprising misreading. This book is clearly aimed at the average, salvageable marriage where 2 people make mistakes and let their own selfishness get in the way of a peaceful relationship. Sound familiar, anyone? It is NOT an encouragement for an abused woman to martyr herself at the hands of a dangerous man. Read "The Power of a Praying Husband" to see how the Omartians believe women should be treated.
This, coupled with the above mentioned book for husbands, is a wonderful, wise, and effective tool in any marriage, young or old. If more people read this book, I would have a lot more free time. I highly recommend it, professionally and personally. (: