As a young bride, Jennifer Smith couldn't wait to build her life with the man she adored. She dreamed of closeness, of being fully known and loved by her husband. But the first years of marriage were nothing like she’d imagined. Instead, they were marked by disappointment and pain. Trapped by fear and insecurity, and feeling totally alone, Jennifer cried out to God: What am I doing wrong? Why is this happening to us? It was as if a veil had descended between her and her husband, and between her and God—one that kept her from experiencing the fullness of love. How did Jennifer and her husband survive the painful times? What did they do when they were tempted to call it quits? How did God miraculously step in during the darkest hour to rescue and redeem them, tearing down the veil once and for all? The Unveiled Wife is a real-life love story; one couple’s refreshingly raw, transparent journey touching the deep places in a marriage that only God can reach. If you are feeling disappointment or even despair about your marriage, the heart-cry of this book is: You are not alone. Discover through Jennifer’s story how God can bring you through it all to a place of transformation.
Imagine how ridiculously excited I was when I received an email saying I was chosen to be part of a book-launch team. I know, right? And to make it even more exciting, it was for Jennifer Smith's new book. Jennifer has the Unveiled Wife blog. I've been reading her blog for quite some time now. So yeah, crazy over-the-moon excited!!!
As I began reading the book, I was blown away by how much I could relate. I wish I could put into words how this book spoke directly to my heart. I absolutely couldn't put it down, I felt as if I was reading my own story.
Jennifer's story spoke such truth and honesty. She was completely raw and real about the experiences she and her husband had in the early years of their marriage. So many times I had to cry with her. The feelings she experienced and the situations they were in, I could relate to. Her insecurities created so many other problems in her marriage, my oh my could I relate to that! She so bravely opens up and allows you see the heart change that she allowed God to do in her. How wonderful to know if we allow Him, He can do the same in us! Jennifer has definitely used her trial as her testimony. I cannot tell you how amazing it was to know I'm not alone. I'm not the only one who struggles with certain issues. I absolutely love Jennifer's willingness to be raw and unveiled. To share those parts of her heart that the rest of us would hide from the world. She doesn't shy away from any topic, no matter how sensitive.Jennifer and her husband Aaron are willing to be transparent for the sake of helping other marriages. This book is such an encouragement to wives! Let's face it, we all have struggles. We may not want to admit it, but we do. And with those struggles come choices. We can choose to be unveiled and allow God to do an amazing work in our heart, or we can hide from Him.
Jennifer Smith began UnveiledWife.com, a web-based ministry for wives, in March 2011. She publishes weekly marriage articles including encouragements, devotions, and prayers of the day. She authored The Unveiled Wife, Wife After God, and 31 Prayers For My Husband. She is passionately devoted to encouraging wives all around the world to develop God-centered marriages. Jennifer and her family reside in Central Oregon.