[I finished reading the book at the beginning of December, forgive me for the lag time. You may purchase the book from Vision Forum here.]
To be honest, I had not planned to purchase the book on my own, but when there was a drawing for Ladies Against Feminism supporters in mid-November, I decided to enter. And, surprise! I won a copy! Mrs. Chancey graciously signed the inside cover for me. 🙂 I already have other most-recommended wifely books like Created to Be His Helpmeet, Fascinating Womanhood, and the Excellent Wife, so I thought I would wait on getting Passionate Housewives for a while. I am glad to have it now.
While this book is geared towards those who have children, I found much value in their thorough presentation. The first chapter is a fictional vignette of a mother in the “before Passionate” state, illustrating all the negativity that can build up in a woman’s mind when she is focused on herself. Near the end of the book, the same family is revisited after the mother has resolved to be JOYfull (Jesus First, Others Second, Yourself Last) in her role as wife and mother. The intervening chapters are rotated between Mrs. Chancey and Mrs. McDonald. They cover many of the subjects I have read before in the earlier books, but they focus much more on the selflessness of being a Christian housewife and how this affects all you do and how the world perceives you.
There were a couple of times that I did feel convicted over my whiny nature, “oh poor me!” attitude. The Lord brought to mind a few specific patterns of speech or behavior that were not honoring to Him or Jeff. Phew, I’m glad I nipped those in the bud! If I had just gone my merry way, what sort of harvest would I have received?
My favorite chapter is perhaps the most practical or nuts and bolts of the book, number eleven. Mrs. Chancey shares about her amazing multi-talented mother and how much she learned from her. Then the chapter lists all the accomplishments the Bible lists as befitting a helpmeet and keeper at home. Wow, I was impressed with the magnitude of our influence!
I heartily recommend the book and for you to open your heart to their teaching as solid and trustworthy.