Titus 2:3-5 says, “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.” These verses describe what it looks like for older women to speak into younger women’s lives and to disciple them. This is the concept seen in Jennifer White’s book Prayer for New Brides.
Divided up into 40 devotional-type chapters, White gives the new (or soon-to-be) bride encouragement and exhortation, followed by a prayer prompt, and a wife’s call to action. She opens up the book by sharing her own struggle through a divorce and a second rocky marriage until Christ took control (White 15). Jennifer White gives a personal touch throughout the chapters of the book is always lays her basis in Scripture. She shares the reality marriage is hard and it will take commitment to stand firm in the spiritual fight. The book is theologically decent, prayer-saturated, and application-focused. The quality of the content is to be commended. This doesn’t come without critiques, however. From time to time, a few of the Scripture references may not fit best with the point the author is making. Additionally, from my perspective, some re-wording could be done on a few of the theological statements she makes (for example,one on page 123). Even so, Prayers for New Brides by Jennifer White is a much-needed resource for new brides who desire their marriages to reflect Christ and the church for God’s glory. It is an example of Titus 2:3-5 in book form.
I received this book for free from New Leaf Press via Cross Focused Reviews for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own and are my honest review of the book.