The Unveiled Wife is a story of a young couple who seemed to have almost everything going for them.
They met in a home-style youth group, the love of God bloomed in both of their hearts, and they went overseas in ministry as newlyweds.
Yet on the inside, when they went home at night, their marriage was miserable.
There were times of happiness, sure, and delight that they were married. They saw God work around them and through them, they were committed to Him.... but still they were in trouble, and they knew it.
When you reach the point where you can't go on like this anymore, what do you do?
As Jennifer says, everyone enters marriage with some baggage- unmet expectations, imperfections, and insecurities.
Some of these will be more pronounced than others depending on your past, your personality, and the lessons you've already learned.
This book was a rather freeing read, because it says this- God's children still make messes.
They still hurt each other, they still lose hope.
And through all of this, God remains. Draws near, in fact.
Transforms the hearts involved.
This book speaks to a profound truth- you grow into grace and truth over time. And it's worth the effort and the struggle.
Even without being the target audience, I came away with this: No relationship- even dealing with manipulation or unkindness and distrust- is too far gone if you have two partners fully intent on restoration.
Chapter 29 "Dealing with Heart Issues" should be made into a booklet and added to every marriage-prep course.
On second thought, let's just include this whole book as pre-wedding reading.
It will provide vocabulary for expressing specific concerns that otherwise might never be addressed.
It will require you to make space for the hard questions and the potential disappointments.
And it will give encouragement as you try to meld your life with another person's.
I thank Tyndale Momentum for my review copy.