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Creative Counterpart, Book Recommendation

on February 16, 2016

If you women would like to read a good book with practical ideas and advice for becoming a wife who stands behind her husband and enjoys the tremendous benefits of fulfilling her mission next to him (sub-mission, get it?), I have a book I think you will enjoy.

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Creative Counterpart was first published in 1977 in that era where so much about women’s traditional roles had become suspect and were tossed out. Linda Dillow has a kind, no-nonsense writing style that is firmly grounded in the Scriptures. She is a voice encouraging woman to think about the consequences of their attitudes and choices, both for their marriages and for their children’s futures. I appreciate her emphasis on developing the gifts God gives each individual. Women who say, “I am just a housewife,” or “I don’t have a job. I am just a stay-at-home-mom,” infer that they feel this is an unavoidable but somewhat inferior position to hold. Mrs. Dillow makes it clear that creativity, learning to excel in one area at a time, making things lovely, unleashes an excitement about growing and living well with your husband, in your home. There is no “just” in the job description.

I had never heard of this book until I stumbled onto my copy at a book sale for just a few dollars. Creative Counterpart  was an enlightening guide for me, an older woman teaching the younger in the years when Gabe was going back to school and I wanted to support him wholeheartedly, “but what about me?” In fact, I found Addy’s ultrasound pictures tucked into it when I pulled it off the shelf to do this review. The book was republished in 2003 with a study guide included. I think you will enjoy it. 🙂

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One response to “Creative Counterpart, Book Recommendation

  1. carol says:

    Sounds like a book I need. I love creativity and making things beautiful, organizing and keeping house, reading to my children and doing laundry… love it!!! But sometimes I need the reminder that it is enough to be “just” be a mama:)

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