Review and Giveaway: The Good Wife’s Guide

Darlene Schacht is the author of the blog Time-Warp Wife and co-author of the book Reshaping it All, which is also a fantastic book. She was kind enough to give me a copy of her new ebook, The Good Wife’s Guide, for review. For more details, visit Darlene’s blog.

She is also giving away a copy to THREE readers here!

It includes a ton of useful information such as housecleaning schedules and tips on de-cluttering and organization that I’ve begun to implement in our home. There is also much wisdom in the book. I don’t want to tell all, but here are three big things I took away for myself:

Time management is a matter of the heart. 
When we think about how we can manage our time better, we automatically focus on things that we waste time on, like television, computers, the phone, etc. While these are good things to address, the truth is that real, lasting change must happen in the heart.

“Our flesh wrestles with our spirit as it attempts to get its own way. Meanwhile the Spirit directs us to value God and our family, to prioritize them above everything else, and to avoid the tendency we have to be lazy.  

The question is, which one will you choose?”

Yeah. Ouch.

Domestically challenged? No problem. 

It actually says that in this book. I love that.

“Domestically challenged? No problem. ‘Sacrifice’ – that’s what joyfully serving entails.”

God calls us just as we are to serve Him as wives, mothers, and homemakers. He doesn’t call the skilled, as Darlene says, but calls us flawed women and equips us to do His work in our homes. So I don’t have to be perfect. I can let go of whatever image I’ve created in my mind of what I should be like or what our  home should look like. That’s a relief every time I remember it!

However, that does not release me from being disciplined and exercising self-control in all the things God has called me to do!

“The fact that I’m not a clean freak doesn’t give me a ticket to be lazy in that area of my life. Scripture after scripture tells me that I’m called to be self-controlled in every area of my life.” 

Being organized is about respect and good stewardship.

I am NOT a naturally organized person. My husband would disagree with me, but the truth is that I have to work hard at any organization I can manage.

“Everything we have is a gift from Him. Whether your husband takes home the paycheck or you both do, all that we have comes from above.”

Much of our home is very disorganized and full of clutter. The result is that we are constantly losing things. It causes my husband in particular a lot of frustration when we cannot find something. He has given me things for safe-keeping and, I’m embarrassed to admit, I’ve lost them for months on end. I’ve also purchased things knowing I already had them but could not find them. That is not good stewardship.

Get a copy of The Good Wife’s Guide! Buy it now or enter to win!

Reading The Good Wife’s Guide has motivated me to de-clutter my time and my home so that I can be more effective. I hope you enter for a chance to win this ebook. It will bless you!

I will announce THREE winners on Saturday, February 25th. 

To enter, leave a comment on this post. You can also earn extra entries for each of the following. Don’t forget to add a separate comment here for each extra entry you’ve made!

  • Subscribe to Proverbial Homemaker via email (on the right sidebar) 
  • “Like” Proverbial Homemaker on Facebook
  • “Like” Time-Warp Wife on Facebook

Linking up at These Five of Mine Plus Two, Titus2sday at Time Warp Wife, The Straightened Path, Encouraging One Another at Deep Roots at Home, The Better Mom, Women Living Well, Raising Homemakers, Proverbs 31 Thursdays at Raising Mighty Arrows, and Growing Home’s Homemaking Linkup.

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I'm Tauna, owner of Proverbial Homemaker! This is me: Jesus follower, wife, mom, [domestically challenged] homemaker, homeschooler, and writer. Proverbial Homemaker exists to bring you encouragement and tools for the journey. Let us pursue God's call on our lives (no matter the learning curve) and rely on Him to equip us for the task!

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  1. Corrie Dove says

    I would love to have this book!! My son’s 1st birthday is this week and, since I worked so hard to get him here, I want a present too! :O)

  2. Christina Girdner says

    Wow, Tauna! Some of the books you find are just fabulous sounding! This book sounds like a very encouraging, insightful read. It seems like there is inward emphasis along with external focus; a good combo!

  3. says

    I would love this book!! I’ve already subscribed by email and I’ve “liked” both you and time-warp wife on Facebook.
    Thank you for this awesome giveaway.

    • says

      Hi britnee – The giveaway is for the ebook. The hard copy is not out yet, although Darlene has mentioned on her Facebook page a few times that she is currently working on it. :) So that’s something to look forward too!

  4. says

    I am so excited and challenged by this book! I can’t wait to read all of it. I am a stay at home Momma for the first time with my 3 year old and I need this encouragement!

  5. Cassie D. says

    I would love to win this book. I was not raised with a good Godly role model on being a good wife and mother. My birthday is Friday and so to win this book would be an awesome gift. :)

  6. Seasoned with Grace says

    Love to have this book. I need organization and how to share with other women too. Being head of our ladies ministries love a book like this to recommend. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  7. says

    I can’t wait to read this one!! I need help in all those areas. I constantly fail everyday as a wife and mother but I’m constantly trying again and learning from my mistakes.

  8. says

    I just Subscribed to Proverbial Homemaker
    “Like” Proverbial Homemaker on Facebook
    “Like” Time-Warp Wife on Facebook :)

    that is how I found you! I would love this book. I have it in my cart on amazon lol.

  9. says

    As a wife to a husband who is a Service Member and the Mother of a 2 year old and a 5 month old, this book sounds like something that would inspire me when I’m exhausted and to keep me going when lonely and doing it on my own, while my Husband is gone. It’s hard to do it when you know you have a husband coming home at the end of the day, it’s even harder to find the motivation to do it when you know you’re doing it just for you and two kids who don’t really care right now lol!!

  10. says

    This would be a great resource! This July will be our 13th wedding anniversary and I’m always looking for ways to be the kind of wife that my husband deserves. God has truly blessed me with my husband and daughters. Thank you for offering this give away!

  11. Martain H. says

    I am so trying to get the clutter out of here and get organized…would love to have your book for encouragement and help getting there!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win your book!:)

  12. lauren loines says

    i have all ready liked time -warp wife on FB…and would really enjoy having this book …thank u god bless u

  13. Laurie Mawdesley says

    I would to win a copy of this book! It is just what I need for encouragement.I am a stay at home mom, homemaker and a wife to an amazing man! Thank you for the opportunity to win! Have a blessed day!

  14. Anonymous says

    As a mommy who just found out she is expecting number 5, I could really use this book. Angela Ayaz mommy2fourmuslimas at yahoo dot com

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