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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 179 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,414 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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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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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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I am so happy my girlfriend told me about this book. I am a young wife in a young marriage. Sure I know about prayer, I have been praying since age 3, but this book opened up an entire new way of praying for me. I had always prayed simple prayers like, protect my husband from harm, keep him from other women, and help me lord. These short prayers are ok, I suppose, but with the help of this book, I now pray with authority, using bible scriptures as my source.
Stormie, has really put her heart and soul in this book. This book has 10+ prayers in it that covers a lot of subjects,including, sex, temptation, health, reputation, work, financial, plus many , more.
Before each prayer, Stormie discusses the subject that is be to prayed on and offers advice and true life examples. These stories I find very inspirational.
I have begin to see change in my husband and me as well. By using the prayers, I have noticed how wonderful I feel after I pray, one being because I am in the presence of God and two being, I know I am activly involved in creating change and I am not just sitting around wishing things would change or chatting about my problems with my friends.
This book is a great resource for EVERY wife. Even if you are not having problems with your husband, still pray to keep it that way. Guard your marriage using this book as a tool.
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This book came recommended to me by a Christian counselor. At that point, I considered my marriage to be dead and buried. But, I read it anyway. The first chapter is the hardest and the only one that requires real work. It took me two weeks to be able to move past it. Like the author says in the beginning, I was thinking, "Pray for him? I don't even like him!" But when I finally cleansed my own soul of some of the resentment I had been carrying and released my plans for "changing him" to God, there were some amazing turnarounds. I have compared this book to a personal fitness trainer. You can go to the gym and exercise, etc., but you might not be doing the right kinds of exercise to really pinpoint the muscles you need to work. This book breaks a man's life down into very specific areas that need your support in prayer. I mean - very - specific. Instead of just praying something like, "God, please help him to be a better man and not drink so much, and make his job better," I learned how to pray in ways that specifically applied to those areas. I stopped praying for what I wanted and instead left it up to God. He changed things in our lives that I never would've known to ask for. I give all the credit for the positive turnaround to God, and I thank Him for this book which was my "personal prayer trainer." I highly recommend getting the study guide, too.
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