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Reviewed by Rich Follett for Readers' Favorite
The Warrior’s Bride by Kathy Barnett and Carrie Daws is a Christ-centered, scripturally based training and support manual for military wives. In a series of alternating testimonials written in an easy-to-read, conversational style, Barnett and Daws offer encouragement and guidance tailored specifically to military wives and based on significant Bible verses and scriptural teachings, all infused with the overarching message that God must be in the mix for a marriage to survive the stresses and trials of military life.
Barnett and Daws freely share their own experiences and perspectives, offering hope, advice, and scripture-inspired spiritual guidance in equal measure. The Warrior’s Bride is chock-full of hard-won wisdom applicable to such diverse topics as helplessness, depression, crises of faith, infidelity, fear of death, coping with stress, the threat of divorce, and negative influences from pornography to peer pressure. By choosing to tell their own stories with complete candor and by relating each chapter to specific, time-tested verses of scripture, Barnett and Daws establish a solid ‘you can trust me’ foundation which allows the text to read like a privileged conversation rather than a run-of-the-mill self-help treatise. The Warrior’s Bride is aptly subtitled Biblical Strategies to Help the Military Spouse Survive. It is exactly what its apt title suggests: a no-nonsense, from-the-heart spiritual toolkit for military wives whose marriages are threatened daily by forces conventional spouses can only imagine.
The Warrior’s Bride is filled with the particular warmth and caring that only a manuscript written as a gift can engender. From first word to last, it is clear that the authors earnestly wish to bring hope and comfort to their readers. In keeping with this selfless dynamic, much of the text offers insight and inspiration applicable to civilian marriages as well. The Warrior’s Bride by Kathy Barnett and Carrie Daws is an uplifting, deeply nurturing gift for the soul-weary and faith challenged, offering hope and renewal for women - and men - from all walks of life.