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The Excellent Wife: A Biblical Perspective

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  3,387 ratings  ·  131 reviews
Here is a scripturally based blueprint for the woman who truly desires to be the wife God intended her to be. This book is based on Proverbs 31:10: An excellent wife, who can find? For her wort
Paperback, 257 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Focus Publishing (first published August 1st 1997)
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
Rebekah Disch
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
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.
Joyful Reader
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
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
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
Heather Hartman
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
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
Jan 26, 2009 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
My number one recommend on the topic of biblical teaching on being a wife!
Wonderful marriage counsel in a book.
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
Kzee Mikols
This was the book I read for my pre-marital counseling. Overall this was a really good book. It opened my eyes to what it really means to be a Godly wife. It is going to take a lot of work and prayer and patience, but it is an attainable goal. It is so comforting to know that as long as you have God you can get through any problem you may face, especially in marriage. You have to love and trust Him more than your husband. I like how she used scripture to justify everything she said. It made me r ...more
Heather Murphy
Nov 14, 2008 Heather Murphy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Heather by: Heather T.
This book helped me take a look at my role as a wife and what that should entail. I believe that what one focuses her life on, that area will be greatly effected. As I focus many of my thoughts on becoming a better person and wife, great things are happening in our marriage. I love how this book looks at the wife’s relationship with Christ as being essential to being an excellent wife. I also like the idea of it using the scriptures (God’s word) to teach. I wish the author used a better translat ...more
I read this book (and the accompanying study guide) as my PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel, a military women's fellowship and bible study) class this semester. I don't regret reading this book if only because of the discussions it sparked in our class.
Almost all of us felt it was extremely controversial, even among us who aren't immediately bristling at the idea of submission. There were so many things is directly disagree with because they don't match what I've read and understood in other
Mercedes Cordero
I read this book a long time ago (it was recommended to me by my Pastor's wife), so I don't remember the specifics of it, except that it helped me a lot with my priorities. Before, I used to think that I needed a great job (among other things) to fill fulfilled. After reading this book, I realized that first and foremost, my goal in life should be to glorify God, and second, to be a good wife to my husband. Third, a good mother to my son. The rest, then, falls into place, at least it did for me. ...more
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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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