Title: Playing Hurt
Author: Brian Goins
Thisbook is written for husbands so why would a wife want to read a book like this? First of all, I believe women can learn a lotfrom what a man reads. I will use theinformation presented to pray more effectively for my husband. It is a good tool for discussions of theheart, which is what most women want to know about their man. In a culture that is fast-paced, sex-saturated,not to mention a possible host of other stresses and challenges, having time totalk deeper is becoming even more important.
It is abook of hope. The author reveals himselfand his struggles as part of human nature. He speaks compassionately yet pointedly. I found the book will not only challenge the husband, but any wife whomakes time to read it as well. It isinteresting that this book is published at the same time as a movie entitled COURAGEOUS is released and a CDby Casting Crowns entitled COME TO THE WELL, which both tie in well with thecontent of this book.
The songon the CD is called COURAGEOUS, and it is a call for men to stand up bykneeling with lifted hands. While manywould agree that men have to change, women do to. In order for our husbands to take their placewe have to be willing to let God tell us as wives how to get out of His way soHe can work, how to not enable bad cycles, how to encourage them and notdestroy them. So it is apparent if welisten to the Lord that both men and women need to be courageous in that theyobey God’s Word and leading. We all haveto be willing to be transformed more into the image of Christ. We must stop reflecting back to the worldwhat it looks like, as we are to reflect the image of Christ, an image which isvastly different than the world.
Ittakes courage to stand up and whether others go or not, we follow theLord. The beauty is that we are neveralone for He has given to us a precious gift, the Holy Spirit. He is always present with us in ourday-to-day activities. He hears all,sees all and knows all. May we allhumble ourselves and let the Lord give us courage to be more like Christ andless like the world. Shut out and offall the electric stuff and reconnect with each other. It starts at home, and from there it ripplesout. Remember it is not to just impacttoday, but future generations as well. So go ahead, be transformed by the renewing of your mind. As you are transformed, so your home will thenbe also and the world will see that Christ is Who He says He is.