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Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God's Armor After the Wedding Dress by Jennifer O. White

Updated on August 23, 2015

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I was sent a complimentary copy of Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God's Armor After the Wedding Dress by Jennifer O. White for free in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of the book.

A new wife is seldom aware of the intense spiritual battle threatening her dreams of happily ever after. Often, she enters the marriage without the benefit of great examples, biblical knowledge, and mentors offering godly wisdom. The battle begins and she is unarmed. Can her faith survive? Will her marriage become another divorce statistic? Prayers for New Brides will empower her to protect her heart and marriage.

— Jennifer O. White

Marriage is God's design. He has a battle plan, the power and the resources to win. When a wife knows who God is and what He can do, she can trust Him to sustain her and her marriage. Her joy will be complete as she allows Him to enable her to do more for her union than she can imagine.

— Jennifer O. White
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I’m Jennifer O. White and I live in West Monroe, Louisiana with David, my husband of 16 years. We also call Branson, Missouri home.
I’m Jennifer O. White and I live in West Monroe, Louisiana with David, my husband of 16 years. We also call Branson, Missouri home. | Source

Jennifer O. White

Jennifer O. White currently has a bachelors degree in Social Work, and a minor in marketing.Jennifer O. White currently lives with her husband of sixteen years, David, in Branson, Missouri. Both Jennifer O. White and her husband David have been married before and both have found happiness together with God's help. Jennifer O. White and her husband David were saved by a biblical Christian counselor, Beth Moore, with the help of the teaching of Dr. Gary Smalley. The couple does not have any children of their own, but both love David's adult children, Lance and Deanna.

Jennifer O. White has currently written two books:

  1. Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God’s Armor After the Wedding Dress
  2. Prayers Spoken, Lives Changed: God’s Extraordinary Love for 18 Ordinary People

Review

First off "I was sent a complimentary copy of Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God's Armor After the Wedding Dress by Jennifer O. White for free in exchange only for my honest and unbiased review of the book."

I found that Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God's Armor After the Wedding Dress by Jennifer O. White is broken up into two sections with subsections. The main sections are Part 1- A Call to Battle and Part 2- Preparing for Victory. The subsections are:

  • Marriage: A Battle Worth Fighting
  • Your Armour, Ma'am
  • Basic Training: Becoming a Forever Bride
  • Partnering with God to Defend Your Husband
  • Guarding the Prize
  • Epilogue- Abuse in Marriage

The book begins with A Note to the Reader in which Jennifer O. White addresses the reader and explains her reasons for writing the book and a bit about herself and her married life. As the book moves to the first chapter the author Jennifer O. White dives right into battle mode to prepare new brides for what is to come. Jennifer O. White wastes no time in dispelling the happily ever after that the to-be bride might be imagining. Jennifer O. White pulls no punches so if you are looking for a book that tells you how to have your fairy tale happy ever after than this is not the book for you. Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God's Armor After the Wedding Dress by Jennifer O. White is a down to Earth book that begins its first chapter with telling the new bride that she will never be the perfect wife nor will her husband ever be the perfect husband and that she should acknowledge now that she will never be perfect.

Now I agree with Jennifer O. White that no one will ever be 100% perfect at anything, but I think she could have eased into the idea a little bit or added a bit of sugar coating to it. She could have ended the section with an encouragement like you might not ever be perfect, but that does not mean you can't be the best that you can be or something like that.

I honestly found the book rather sexist and I would not recommend it to my readers or friends because it is very focused on what the wife can do for the husband and how she can care for the husband. It does not focus on an equal relationship, but instead a loving, but unbalanced relationship. I do not want you, my readers, to think that this is a horrible book without good information because it does have good information. It goes into how Eve was created for Adam and how God is with everyone. It also has sample prayers for people who might need some help praying. I just feel that it focuses too much on having the wife needing to please and help the husband instead of both needing to be equal partners.

I really disliked the Epilogue- Abuse in Marriage section because in it Jennifer O. White counsels that brides in this situation do not remain silent, but yet at the same time she says to allow time for God's voice to reach your husband. I get the feeling that while she says God will still love you if you divorce that she strongly disagrees with divorce and thinks that everything else should be tried first. I personally believe that if a person male or female is being abused in a marriage then that is the time for immediate divorce. If the spouse does not love you enough not to abuse you in the first place that what good is waiting going to do. If you are in an abuse relationship get out and get help don't wait for him or her to hurt you again.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 21 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for your review on the book, and for sharing your personal perspective. Fundamentalist Christian women often encourage the wife to be "submissive" without allowing for submission to be mutual (Ephesians 5:21). I commend your courage and honesty and stating your opinion opposite to the authors.

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      misty103 21 months ago

      Thank you for your comment I was upset by the views in this book took I expected it to be uplifting and inspirational. The book definitely matches the Christian women often encourage the wife to be "submissive" without allowing for submission to be mutual (Ephesians 5:21) view.

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