The Story Behind the Dear Wife Book
All around me I saw couples divorcing. Friends. Neighbors. And growing up with divorced parents, I was set out to have a marriage that was different. Yet there I was myself, feeling deep despair that nothing seemed to work.
I had spent three years applying counseling techniques to my own marriage that hadn’t worked – or if it had, it was only for a short period of time. Beyond that, I tried every trick in my own book to get my husband to change. Nothing worked.
Throwing my hands up in despair, I finally considered trying another way – a way I had never known about before. So, 2012 was spent setting aside everything I had learned would save marriages, and settling into what God said.
And everything changed.
At the end of the year I was driving down little Highway 210 crossing the state line from Minnesota into North Dakota, reflecting on how that past year had rocked my own marriage – going from a place of wanting a divorce to joy in my life and marriage – it was clear that my education in counseling wasn’t enough to help marriages.
In fact, this was the day I knew my picture of what I thought my counseling practice would look like, would not be a practice at all. Something much different was ahead, in the form of a nonprofit ministry – A Wife Like Me, proactively investing in the growth of wives’ personal relationship with Christ by partnering with established ministry leaders and wives themselves to spread hope and help around the globe. This ministry today not even one year old, directly attacks the factors leading to divorce, safeguarding families and children from suffering the effects of divorce.
This is what we know: nearly 70% of women initiate divorce. Women are being attacked, because as women, we hold influence. And from personal experience we know that when God gets a hold of a wife’s heart, her marriage changes. Her family transforms, and generations are impacted.
Our first step as a ministry was a resource responding to wives’ biggest need, which is to have intentional and meaningful time together as husband and wife – to connect. So together, we prayed, and we waited, and we listened. And Dear Wife: 10 Minute Invitations to Practice Connection with Your Husband was born. Because we understand that life is busy, we wanted to provide a practical format for you to get through each invitation and feel immediate growth. And this is exactly what wives are finding!
“This book is changing my life.” – Kaitlan Brady
“Exactly what I needed at this time in our marriage.” -Christi Wilson
“This book will save marriages.” – Lisa Hollingsworth
“The letter from God ripped my heart, like it’s all that I say and feel, and He recognizes it. I’m digging into my relationship with God.” – Stephanie Auck
“I highly recommend this book to married women of all ages and stages. There’s something for every wife in the pages of this well written book.” – Chrystan Ferrell
We’d love you to join the movement of wives across the globe who are putting on the armor and fighting for happy and healthy marriages and families.
Wives – it starts here. Let’s remove all the reasons why not to get started, start, and see what might happen. Would you grab your friends and encourage them to join the journey? You can begin your journey and find Dear Wife, here.
Amanda Davison is the wife to a Minnesota farmer, mother of three, and President of the nonprofit, A Wife Like Me. She is an author and speaker, and serves on staff at her local church, where she and her husband lead the marriage mentor team. Amanda is relentlessly sharing how her education in counseling and God’s word changed her life and marriage. You can be a part of the growing community of wives on Facebook or Instragram, and can find many helpful resources for your marriage at A Wife Like Me.