What’s It Like to Be Married to Me :: Book Review

I’m always on the lookout  for excellent marriage building resources, so when a friend told me about a book written for wives entitled What’s It Like to Be Married to Me?, I was all ears.

Knowing this book was written by Linda Dillow further piqued my curiosity, since she wrote one of my very favorite books {which I reviewed here}. Besides, the cover photo to this book is pretty creative, so that sealed the deal.

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I contacted the folks at David C. Cook and asked if they could send me a copy of this book in exchange for a review and they happily agreed.

As you may have guessed from the title, What’s It Like to Be Married to Me? is focused on the wife’s responses and responsibilities in marriage. It does not delve into the philosophy of marriage, but is very much focused on the practical aspect of being a wife. 7 of the 9 chapters ask personal questions such as:

  • What Is Really Important to Me?
  • What Does It Feel Like to Be My Husband?
  • Am I Willing to Change My Attitude?
  • What Is It Like to Make Love with Me?
  • Why Do I Want to Stay Made at You?
  • Is It Possible to Grow Together When Things Fall Apart?

In addition, a 10-12 weeks Bible study is included in the back of the book. The study includes questions that dig into the Word as well as digging into your heart to get to the core of any marital struggles you may be experiencing.

Dillow has been married for almost 50 years, so she certainly has quite a bit of experience behind the writing of this book. I certainly benefited from reading this book and I’m certain my husband is grateful for the ways this book challenged me to think Biblically in my role as a wife.

However, I didn’t enjoy this book nearly as much as Dillow’s book, Creative Counterpart. The main difference I found between the 2 books is that What’s it Like to Be Married to Me? is filled with personal examples from many different women about their experiences in marriage – whether good or bad. And when I use the word “personal,” I mean intimate. The examples were so plentiful that certain parts of the book almost read more like a memoir than a book designed to help me in my marriage. And some of them were so intimate that I wondered whether I was actually reading someone’s diary.

In conclusion, though I benefited from the Biblical helps Dillow offered in this book, I must say I was happy to come to the final page and close the chapter on yet another book on marriage.

So tell me…what book are you reading right now?
Anyone have any great fiction authors to share? I’m usually in the non-fiction section of my library and am looking to branch out. My current selection of reading material includes books on design, lamaze birth, the Arlington National Cemetary, the first ascent up Mount Everest, style, and discipleship. Help me out!

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2 comments

  1. Diana says:

    I always check the juvenile section (or whatever it’s called–not the picture books and not the teen books, but in between) for fiction because you don’t have to be as concerned about objectionable stuff 🙂 Look up Newberry Award/Caldecott Medal winners for ideas, maybe.

    Lois Lenski has some great historical fiction, and I just read Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party about the Cultural Revolution in China in the 60s (also historical fiction). It was an enjoyable read but sobering to learn about that time in China’s history. Hope you get lots of good suggestions! 🙂

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