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Jen Weaver | ‘A Wife’s Secret to Happiness’ Book Giveaway

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The path to marital happiness is different than you think. when our plans for marriage improvement begin with ‘If my husband would…’ or ‘If, as a couple, we could…’ we’re missing the secret.” ~Jen Weaver in A Wife’s Secret to Happiness: Receiving, Honoring & Celebrating God’s Role for You in Your Marriage. 

Comment below to win a copy!

I’ve been married…twice. If you follow my blog at all (don’t forget to hit subscribe so you don’t miss any posts!), you know that my first one gave me two incredible children whom I love with everything I am.

You’ll also know that the first marriage was far from healthy and perfect. I learned from that marriage, many things.

I learned how important mutual respect is and that if you lose it, your marriage doesn’t have a great chance of making it. Despite my path and experience, I still have much to learn about my husband, myself, and the marriage dynamic.

Jen Weaver 'A Wife's Secret to Happiness'

Photo Courtesy The Jen Weaver

In her new book A Wife’s Secret to Happiness, Jen Weaver says “When we treat our spouses with respect and honor their roles in our marriages, even when they don’t live up to what we feel is their potential, we attract God’s graze of approval.”

In this book, Jen shares about the differences between how men and women operate, react, and interpret. She tells us about our roles, how they differ and what their values are, and how our husband’s happiness is our happiness, and our need to be mutually fulfilled.

This book breathes life and understanding into our marriages. We all want our relationships with our husbands to be rich, fun, deeply connected, and full of adventure. Learning the nuances of your partner helps cultivate a deeper bond.

Just like life, our marriages go through seasons. Some are warm and comfortable and some are cooler and feel more like trudging along. But there’s hope in all seasons and ways to flourish and grow…together.

Jen talks about #wifestylin and developing hottie eyes. If those aren’t two things that entice you to read this book, then I don’t know what are!

At the end of each chapter, Jen gives us a short but powerful questionnaire to explore our feelings and encourage us to think. This would be a great book for a study since it provides these questions and even links to download helpful additional articles.

Wouldn’t you like to read it?! You can! Comment on this post and tell me about a piece of marriage advice you’ve been given, or just any old nice comment. It’s that simple to enter. When the giveaway ends, I will announce the winner here and on my Facebook page.

Celebrate your role as a wife or future wife!

signature Melanie in aqua color




Jen Weaver, author of ‘A Wife’s Secret to Happiness.’ Photo Courtesy of Jen Weaver.

About Jen Weaver: Jen is passionate about sharing strength with others as an author, Bible teacher, and inspirational speaker. She is a mom and wife to her best friend Jared, and they reside in Texas. You can follow Jen’s blog online.

I was provided a copy of this book by BlogAbout to read and reviewed. I was given an extra to use in this giveaway. All opinions are honest and my own. 

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  • Reply Jennifer Smusz March 27, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Sounds like a great book. I really like the statement about marriage and different seasons. I get that!! We change as human beings so of course our married life would change. Advice? Well, forgive a lot…Like a lot!!! My husband and I are going on 25 years, but we’ve both had to forgive for the sake of love and our vows ( not only to each other but to God).

  • Reply Jeri Riker March 28, 2017 at 6:51 am

    I believe that mutual respect in any marriage is of utmost importance. I was married quite young, and am now going on 28 years strong. I have been with my husband since the age of 15 and there have been some trying times. Through every one of those times when things felt like disaster was imminent, we would come out of it knowing just a little more about each other. Marriage is not easy, however, many people take the easy way out. I don’t believe that is what God wants us to do, I believe he wants us to follow through with that commitment to ourselves, our spouses and to Him. I’m looking forward to being able to ready your new book Melanie! We are all behind you 100%!

    • Reply April 1, 2017 at 3:51 pm

      Hi Jeri! Great to see you here! I think it’s tremendous that you’ve committed through thick and thin. That’s really what it’s all about and I agree, that you don’t jump out at the first bump in the road. Marriage is a lifetime commitment and there’s so much to learn about ourselves and each other through the process. You grow on your own and also together as a couple. Thank you SO much for your support! It’s incredibly important to me.

  • Reply Edith March 28, 2017 at 7:48 am

    I like the angle of focussing on God and not on ourselves. Since none of us is perfect, there’ll always be something we want changed in our spouse, ourselves and our marital relationship. But putting God first puts every other thing in a proper perspective so that they would not have the damaging effects they would otherwise have had. Thanks for sharibg this review of such an insightful book.

    • Reply April 1, 2017 at 3:43 pm

      Edith, that concept really resonated with me as well. As Christians, if our eyes are on Him, our marriage will have better direction. I remember a Sunday School teacher gave us the visual of a triangle with the point at the top being God and the husband and wife each at a corner on the bottom left and right. He said “The closer we get to God, the closer get to each other.” Isn’t that a great visual?

  • Reply Nicole Kauffman March 28, 2017 at 8:00 am

    Looks like an awesome book, with a topic that most definitely needs addressed in our lives and in our marriages! As one who writes a lot about marriage, this book looks to be a great resource! Thank you for sharing it!

    • Reply April 1, 2017 at 3:41 pm

      Hi Nicole! Yes, it’s a really good resource with dashes of humor and lots of reality. 🙂

  • Reply Jasmine Bennett March 28, 2017 at 10:40 am

    What an awesome testimony Melanie! And the book sounds amazing too! Love IS all about respect, even when it’s hard. Congratulations Jen on your book!

    Blessings to you both,

    • Reply April 1, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      So true, Jasmine! Once respect or trust are damaged, they’re really hard to get back. Thanks for reading and entering the giveaway!

  • Reply Cate March 28, 2017 at 11:04 am

    A friend’s grandmother once told me long before I even met my husband that you will go through ups and downs in your marriage. That’s life. It doesn’t mean that you love your spouse any less than you did the day before. You may not like them on a particular day, but you still love them. Like and love are two different emotions. If you have a disagreement don’t dwell on it. Talk it out and if you need to take a time out then go ahead. (That one was from the TV show How I Met Your Mother. Haha!)

    • Reply April 1, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      That sounds like great advice, Cate. It’s so true that marriage can be a roller coaster sometimes and we need to be prepared to get on the ride and navigate it together. 🙂

  • Reply Donna March 28, 2017 at 11:22 am

    I have learned that if our focus for marriage and life isn’t on God, it will not thrive to the fullest God intended. Just like our fellowship with God is interrupted with unforgiveness, this hinders our relationship with our spouse as well. So, forgiveness, and lots of grace are important.

    I would love to read this book, but attended a wedding this past weekend, and think this would be a lovely gift for a couple just beginning their union as Christians.

    • Reply April 1, 2017 at 3:34 pm

      That’s such wisdom, Donna! I agree, this would be a really good book for new couples as well.

  • Reply Francesca Price March 29, 2017 at 9:50 am

    ‘DEVELOPING HOTTIE EYES!’ Inticed I amight! Thank you for the review and for the wisdom. Sometimes I hear the whispers of God in my ear saying – ‘listen to your husband!’ 😊

    • Reply Francesca Price March 29, 2017 at 9:50 am

      ‘I am’ sorry about the error!
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    • Reply April 1, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      Francesca, thank you for reading. Sometimes (many times) our husbands have lots of wisdom.

  • Reply Marva | SunSparkleShine March 29, 2017 at 10:17 am

    Thanks for sharing Jen’s book with us, Melanie. I just tweeted and pinned to get the word out!
    Blessings and sparkles!
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  • Reply Kate March 30, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Thank you for sharing this book. It definitely looks interesting! I think the best marriage advice I’ve been given has actually been the examples from my parents and in-laws. Seeing how they live each other in different ways has given me advice that is so much more meaningful than words.

    • Reply April 1, 2017 at 3:21 pm

      Kate, that’s wonderful you’ve had such great examples of healthy marriage right within your own family!

  • Reply Kate March 30, 2017 at 9:56 am

    Oops, I meant love, not live, in my previous comment.

  • Reply Michelle Lovett April 2, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Hi Melanie!
    As usual, I love reading all your writings! You have a gift!
    A book on marriage if also a gift! Because marriage is work.

  • Reply Wendy April 5, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    It sounds like a good read. I have a friend right now who just celebrated their first anniversary and then separated a few days later, and my heart is heavy for them. Marriage is a rollercoaster, but sometimes we have to choose to stay on the ride.

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