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I’ve only been married for almost 2 years. My husband and I operate 2 businesses together from home. We also have an amazing 10-month-old son whom we’re fortunate enough to spend every day with together. This and many other life factors have impacted our relationship significantly. I’m very happily married. I enjoy life with my husband and he’s an amazing husband, father, business partner, friend, and much, much more. However, in a world where it seems as though marriages fall apart more often than they last, I was eager to read this book and hopefully pick up some insight to anything that might help my own marriage grow even stronger as time passes and life continues to happen.
In his book, 52 Things Husbands Need from their Wives, Jay Payleitner discusses many ideas and values that are important to men in a marriage. The book is comprised of 52 short chapters, each with some examples of the author’s personal life, some inspiring quotes and/or relatable scriptures, and a “Takeaway” (a 1-2 sentence summary of that chapter). On my Kindle Fire, I was able to highlight several areas that I felt could help me in my own marriage. The author comes across in a very friendly, non-judgmental tone throughout the book. Although it was written from a male perspective, it was clear that he understood women and the female perspective very well. Many of the ideas were things I’ve already been familiar with–but even still, they did remind me of things I should have already known, or helped me to understand the perspective behind these familiar ideas better. There were a few new tips and perspectives mixed in that I hadn’t considered before.
Although men and women are viewed much more “equally” among society now, and are taking on new roles in the home or workplace, men and women are still different. There are still different needs and feelings associated with each. It is important to understand the differences so that you can work and live and build a family together. I’ve felt that it was worthwhile to examine marriage from a male perspective through this book. I can definitely see how following all of these principles could lead to a happier, stronger marriage.
Payleitner has several other family-building books for couples and parents that I’m looking forward to reading.
I would give 52 Things Husbands Need from their Wives 4 stars out of 5. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to maintain or build a strong marriage. It could easily apply to younger newlyweds or older couples who have decades of marriage built up. The book is very easy to read. I finished this book in about 3 days.
About the Author:
Jay Payleitner is a dad. But he pays his mortgage and feeds his family working as a freelance writer, speaker, ad man and radio producer with credits including Josh McDowell Radio, WordPower, Jesus Freaks Radio and Today’s Father with Carey Casey. Jay served as the Executive Director for the Illinois Fatherhood Initiative and is a producer/writer/blogger for The National Center for Fathering.
Jay is the author of 10 books including the best-selling 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad. Other books include The One Year Life Verse Devotional, 365 Ways to Say I Love You to Your Kids and the acclaimed modern parable Once Upon a Tandem. Recent releases from Harvest House Publishers include One Minute Devotions for Dads, 52 Things Wives Need from Their Husband and 52 Things Daughters Need from Their Dads. A new gift book for graduates is due out this Spring from Ellie Claire titled If God Gave Your Graduation Speech. Jay and his high school sweetheart, Rita, have four sons, one daughter, three daughters-in-law (and an occasional foster baby) and live in St. Charles, Illinois.
Note: I received a complimentary ebook copy of this book on behalf of the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.