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Jennifer Flanders wrote How Do I Love Thee? A Devotional Journal for Wives as a way for Christian women to consciously foster love and respect for their husbands in their hearts and minds. Most of the book has questions like those you find in write-your-own-biography books, only the questions focus more around your relationship with your spouse than you as an individual, such as: when I first met him, when I knew I was smitten, memories of the first date, things we did together, wedding details, first car together, who does what chores around the home/yard, what I like about him, etc. There are also a few sections scattered throughout that are like mini-Bible studies: what does God say about love, marriage, thankfulness, and so on. Plus, there are relevant Scripture verses on almost every page – either at the bottom of the page or taking up a whole page. And the whole journal is delightful illustrated and framed with Victorian era designs and pictures. Great idea for a bridal shower gift or someone who is looking to improve their marriage even the tiniest bit (isn’t that all of us?).
Wow! I have read many marriage books, done many Bible studies, flipped through many journals, but nothing that quite puts it all together like Jennifer Flanders’ How Do I Love Thee? The first thing that impressed me was all the art work. I have a thing for old pictures and Victorian type art work, so I felt like it was a great find just on that count. Then I started reading the journal questions. There is something about remembering beautiful things from the past that makes things in the present brighter. So, your husband ALWAYS forgets to pick up his socks and undies from the floor. Very frustrating. Remembering how he proposed to you doesn’t fix that issue, but it makes you so grateful for him that picking them up just serves to remind you that you do have someone – you aren’t alone anymore. I think this book would be especially good for those who are struggling in their marriage. God called His people to continually remember His pursuit of them, and I think it is highly recommended that us wives do the same with our husbands. I really enjoyed this book and I think you will too.