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The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,659 Ratings  ·  141 Reviews
Martha Peace, a nouthetic councelor of women, has written an Excellent Volume. Not only does it explain what God "requires" of a Christian wife, but it explaines clearly how to obey God's commandments in order to become that wife. Get it, read it and profit from it.""The Excellent Wife" is an absolute must for women today. This book is a welcomed first because it is a Scri ...more
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Published August 1st 1997 by Focus Publishing (MN)
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Dec 04, 2013 Marcie rated it did not like it
Shelves: christian
I am currently hosting our women's bible study & we are going through this book. I am a conservative Christian(for those of you wondering, I attend a Baptist church). I have finished 6 chapters in this book which was highly recommended. I, however, would not recommend this book to anyone, particularly if they are a non-christian or a new christian. Pearce is hypocritical as well as unrealistic in her expectations for women. She begins a chapter telling women that their purpose is to glorify ...more
Feb 27, 2012 Diana rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction, gender
I'm not exactly sure what to say about this book. I read it for a very specific purpose and was about as appalled as I thought I might be. Among many questionable interpretations, the most horrifying piece was the graphic that represented a man's and woman's relationship with God as three points on a triangle. God, at the top, imbues His image on both Man and Woman. Man can offer glory to God in a direct way. However, a woman cannot glorify God, because she is created to glorify Man. Yup. Infogr ...more
Oct 23, 2009 Pamm rated it it was amazing
My FAVORITE Book of all time for wives!!! I cannot say enough about this book. I was blessed to be a part of an online Bible Study with other women discussing this book in weekly lesson/discussion format. I was also doubly blessed to be able to take over the online discussion group and lead this study. This book is life-changing!! The light is taken off of the husband and focused on the wife. I learned that it wasn't my husband at was me that I needed to focus on. God changes and work ...more
Courtney Joshua
I agree in principle with much of what she said, but unfortunately her tone was condescending, her writing style poor, and her emphasis decidedly unbalanced.

Scripture is clear on the fact that the man should lead and the woman should not. The principle of submission and headship isimportant and biblical but it's not the foremost theme of marriage. The first mention of marriage in Scripture is as a cure for loneliness -- Adam needed a companion and a helper; the Song of Solomon never mentions the
Apr 14, 2011 Julia rated it did not like it
I do NOT recommend this book.

Although I do not necessarily disagree with the overall message of the book, it is delivered in a manner that, as one friend I lent the book to put it, "makes me feel bad about being a woman. She writes as though she thinks very poorly of women." Frankly, I couldn't agree more. The old adage says, "it's not what you say, it's how you say it," and that feels especially true with this book. The author may have some good things to say, but she says them in such a condes
Jan 28, 2009 Latonya rated it it was amazing
Let me go on record to say that I know Christian women who couldn't handle this book. Martha Peace, full of wisdom, leads the Christian woman in freedom from judging her husband and understanding her own God-given role as a helpmeet suitable. The call of a Godly wife is mandated by God, not based upon the conduct of her husband. This is a powerful book. If you aren't ready to submit to God and submit to your own husband as unto the Lord, don't bother picking this book up.
Rebekah Disch
Sep 17, 2011 Rebekah Disch rated it really liked it
I had friends who were offended by the author's extreme opinions on the biblical role of wives (i.e. moms staying at home vs. working outside the home). However, I tend to agree with most things Martha Peace lays out in this book. Aside from whether you agree with her strong opinions on certain issues, all her arguements are rooted deeply in scripture. Sometimes hearing truth is painful - that is what this book was for me. She's tough, but she's biblical, and you have to go into it with a teacha ...more
Laura Rogers
Dec 01, 2009 Laura Rogers rated it did not like it
This book is really demeaning to women. My husband hated it and wanted me to throw it out - does that mean I should obey him and do it? Because I am supposed to obey my husband in all things, right? Well, in this case, I did. Chalk one up for the fire pit.

Upon reviewing my review - I realized I sounded...harsh. Some people may find this book helpful - I did not.
Ellen Trautner
Sep 09, 2015 Ellen Trautner rated it really liked it
Looking at reviews for this book, it seems to be quite polarizing. People either love it or hate it! And I can totally get that. As for me, I loved it, but I'd be hesitant to recommend it to someone unless I knew them really well, because it is definitely a challenging book. The author makes a lot of great, Biblical arguments, but the reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because I wish she dove a little deeper into some of her explanations. She gives a Bible verse, and a one paragraph explanation ...more
Heather Hartman
Nov 21, 2013 Heather Hartman rated it did not like it
I can NEVER recommend this book to anyone. I understand her perspective, but it is poorly written. The author condescends to readers in such an insulting way. I am not in any way a feminist way. I just think that marriage is more complicated than she makes it seem with her lists of things to do for your husband. I was truly saddened as I read this book to think of women who are married to abusive men and think that God has called them to endure beating and berating merely because they are women ...more
Jan 03, 2015 Rachel rated it it was amazing
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May 25, 2012 Monica rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, 2012
This was a hard book to just read through but read through I did. It is a book that I will pick up again and do the study guide that came with it as there is much that I needed here. I know that other women in my family and church would greatly benefit from doing the study as well.

I agreed with most everything in this book. This is the life I have tried to live. But I did pick up a few more things that would help me to please God more in my relationship with my husband. There are chapters includ
Sep 01, 2013 Casey rated it it was ok
I've only read through 8 chapters so far....and so far, I've either read stuff that was good but I've heard many times elsewhere in far better books, or stuff that frankly made me mad. I agree that sometimes when truth hits us, it can make us mad at first, etc. etc. but things she says in this book are IN MY OPINION, HER opinion, and not Biblically sound. She starts off one chapter saying women should glorify God...but then changes her mind to it all be about us glorifying our husbands, not God. ...more
Jill English Johnston
Jun 30, 2013 Jill English Johnston rated it really liked it
Martha Peace gives a practical look at what it means to have a Christ-centered marriage and how to be a godly wife. I've been married for 22 years to an incredible and godly man and while I am so thankful for our wonderful marriage, I am glad for the opportunity to seek to be a better wife every day. I'm currently reading the book and completing the corresponding study guide with a friend and we both hope that God will use us and the study to "train up" young married women who desire to honor Go ...more
Some really mixed feelings on this book. While I agreed with so much of what was in the book, Peace has a tendency to state some unBiblical things regarding glorifying the husband. While most Christian women could read this and recognize some of the flaws in it, I could never recommend it to someone unless they knew what they were getting into and were ready to search out and disregard some unbiblical statements she makes. I'm sure there are more theologically sound books out there that encourag ...more
Karen & Gerard
Jan 26, 2009 Karen & Gerard rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any woman who wants to be a better wife or Christian woman with an unbelieving husband.
This book has a wealth of scriptural advice for wives concerning their call to be a wife. I never thought of it this way before. The most foundational tip was to respect and be submissive to your own husband, seeking to be a "helper suitable" to him and to practice "mutual sanctification." Any woman who wants to be a better wife should read this book and start practicing the principles discussed. It also has encouragement and advice for Christian women who are married to unbelievers. It makes fo ...more
Feb 02, 2016 Karen rated it liked it
Shelves: read-health
This is one of those " Christian wife" books that only works if you have a reasonable and truly God fearing husband. Not a pretender outside the home like I had. When I tried these tactics, I was accused of being manipulative. This book was another nail in my coffin towards losing faith in God. I was told I could win my husband by 1 Peter 3. But studying up on that that is for a lost husband. Using things like in this book and others caused me to be told "I learned "tactics" from my psychology s ...more
Nov 12, 2015 Kristina rated it did not like it
In the book The Excellent Wife, Martha Peace claims to provide a biblical perspective on marriage. Instead, she provides a disturbing view into the dysfunction of patriarchal, authoritarian marriages, supported by the author’s own views and an array of twisted Scripture. In addition, the tone of the book presents an unbalanced and unhealthy dynamic within the marriage relationship, casting the husband in the role of “parent” and the wife in the role of “obedient child.” The husband is presented ...more
Mar 22, 2010 Jen rated it it was ok
Facilitating a study on this book. Covers the basics of biblical marriage and wifehood. Somewhat impersonal, but well-packed with scripture. Comes across a bit legalistic. It's a good book to discuss with readers, to make sure the role of God's grace in becoming an "excellent wife" is understood.
Zinnada Hodges
I'm a MARTHA PEACE fan!!! LOL I love that she is ALL BIBLE. She leaves you with what God's words say not just HER experiences, etc. This is a good book for every married woman to have on her shelf and for single women too.
Michelle Mielke
Nov 02, 2012 Michelle Mielke rated it it was amazing
one of my favorite books on how to be a faithful wife. I love it and know I will reference this book again and again. I have recommended it to many friends since I read it the first time.
Shelli Albright
Jun 28, 2011 Shelli Albright rated it it was amazing
This book is a must-read for every Christian wife. It is practical, with lots of examples and Scriptures to apply to your efforts at becoming Excellent.
Rachel Oles
Mar 19, 2012 Rachel Oles rated it it was amazing
This is a fantastic book that really helped me view my role as a wife. I recommend the companion book for husbands "The Exemplary Husband" by Stuart Scott.
Mar 06, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing
I am learning what God requires of me as a godly wife and how I can obey God's commandments in order to become that wife.
Virginia Knowles
I haven't finished reading this, though I started it a while back. I'll write more when I refresh my memory.
Sara Diperri
Mar 04, 2014 Sara Diperri rated it it was amazing
I have read this 3 times, and will read it again. I highlighted, underlined, & wrote notes. I'm a Christian woman, and have been Saved. I admit I found SOME parts of this hard to swallow, but I see how / where Martha Pace is coming from. I love the graphics, as I am a very visual person this made it an easier read. I loved how there were actual references to my Bible, and that I could go look them up myself had I wanted to. I would ONLY recommend this to Christian women who WANT to live a Pr ...more
Cindy James
May 15, 2013 Cindy James rated it it was amazing
My number one recommend on the topic of biblical teaching on being a wife!
Jun 28, 2011 Teresa rated it really liked it
Wonderful marriage counsel in a book.
Laura Bow
Dec 09, 2015 Laura Bow rated it liked it
This book is very practical and thought-provoking to say the least! Very simplified summary: As a Godly wife, we serve and love God by obeying his plan of being submissive to our husbands - we should be submissive because we want to obey God, no matter what your husband does / does not do.
I didn't agree with every little thing the author said but I thought she was spot on most of the time.
--The author uses SO MUCH scripture in this book. Every single point she makes is backed up with a spe
Dec 14, 2015 Dara rated it liked it
Overall I think this is a good book for wives who want general insight into the biblical model for marriage. Martha Peace explains the wife's responsibility for her part in marriage - her attitudes, expectations, assumptions, habits, etc., regardless of whether her husband is doing his part in the marriage. I agree with most of what Martha says in principle, and I think the book is a great resource for tips on the biblical wife's perspective.

But not everything here is helpful. I especially take
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“God’s will for every Christian wife is that her most important ministry be to her husband (Genesis 2:18). After a wife’s own personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, nothing else should have greater priority. Her husband should be the primary benefactor of his wife’s time and energy, not the recipient of what may be left over at the end of the day. Whether her husband is a faithful Christian man or an unbeliever,” 0 likes
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