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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Harvest House; First edition! ISBN 978-0-7369-1924-1 edition (Jan. 15 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0736919244
  • ISBN-13: 978-0736919241
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,313 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The trials and pressures of modern life can make the prospect of a fulfilled, meaningful marriage seem impossible. In The Power of a Praying Wife, popular Christian author and speaker Stormie Omartian pinpoints common marital struggles and reveals the miraculous way that disciplined prayer can alleviate heartache and sustain unity. According to Omartian, a marriage's success depends upon "laying down all claim to power in and of yourself, and relying on God's power to transform you, your husband, your circumstances, and your marriage." Omartian attributes the success of her own 25-year marriage to dedicated prayer for every area--however specific--of her husband's life; from his finances and his work to his integrity and his temptations. Each chapter offers insight into areas that are especially important to men, followed by "power tools" (inspiring, topical Scripture) to guide one's prayer life and transform a woman's mind with regard to her husband. This practical read will encourage women to trust God to change their spouse, and undoubtedly refocus one's perspective on God's power rather than one's own personal predicament. --Jill Heatherly --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


"No writer has made so positive an impact on the prayer life of this generation of Christians as Stormie Omartian. God has used her profoundly and there is no one I would recommend more readily: she's biblical, practical, and best of all-she lives the life!" -Pastor Jack Hayford, Founder-Chancellor, The King's University --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Danute Cekauskas, LCSW TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 13 2012
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In some ways this is a wonderfully written book. Just over two hundred pages in length it consists of thirty short chapters discussing topics having to do with the individual's husband i.e. 2. His Work; 3. His Finances; 8 His Fears. 16. His Priorities; 17. His Relationships, etc. I loved that the author concluded every chapter with a special Prayer for the husband related to the topic discussed. Along with that she quoted scripture in her Power Tools conclusions. That was a very nice touch and potentially useful for any loving wife praying for her husband.

Where I run into problems with this book is this: The author, like a number of individuals in the world seems to advocate a very negative approach in the wife's treatment of herself. As a professionally trained social worker who for years worked with families experiencing domestic violence I have, on a number of occasions had Ephesians Chapter 5 Verse 21 repeated back to me as justification for domestic violence. Those of you who are Christians are familiar with Verse 22 where it states: "Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is head of his wife just as Christ is head of the church," All well and good and, if you are married to a truly good person, that is not a difficult thing to do. I, therefore, like when the author writes in Chapter 1: "Submission is something you give from your heart, not something demanded of you." Just pages later, however, the author takes a different turn and basically tells the reader what is REQUIRED of them as wives. THIS is where I take issue.

About halfway into Chapter 1 the author starts to take a stance which, in my opinion, is very anti-woman. Do not forget that in the same chapter of Ephesians cited above St.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 16 2004
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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. (:
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Dec 8 2003
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As a Christian and also a happily married wife, I looked forward to reading this book. I was disappointed to find that it is just like all the other fundamentalist Christian books on marriage. "Change yourself first, all these books argue, and question any anger you hold toward your husband. Isn't it possible that some men are just jerks and not worth preserving the marriage? Why is it these types of books always pretend otherwise? The book encourages women to question their reactions to their husbands' bad behavior and to bring those issues to God instead. I question why I would not communicate about marital issues with my husband. Advice that discourages marital communication is advice I find suspect.

The book also encourages women to ignore their anger. Only briefly does the book discuss the righteousness of a decision to leave an abusive or addicted partner. This is the sort of book that would encourage a woman to stay in an abusive marriage, trying to pray her way out of it. My aunt stayed in such a marriage for 17 years, praying constantly with her Christian church, receiving books from her friends that were just like this one. Her marriage ended when her drunken husband almost killed her and threatened her children. Psychologically, she has never recovered.

I am not saying that prayer is not powerful; nor am I saying that a wife should not pray for her husband. But the subservient wife depicted in this book - one who questions her own reactions and represses communication with her husband over potentially major marital issues - is not the kind of wife I'd like to be. Nor do I believe it leads to more stable marriage. If your goal is for your Christian marriage to endure, find a good therapist. Or, I recommend "Love is a Decision" - a much better book.
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