Good morning readers!
I have had the amazing opportunity to talk with Sara Horn about her newest book called My So-Called Life As A Submissive Wife! I am pleased to announce it is available for purchase at SaraHorn.com as well as ChristianBook.com, Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. Sara opens a controversial topic but I believe she does it with grace and brings His light into easily tangible concepts for us to apply in our every day lives as wives. A big thanks to Sara for taking the time to do this interview. Please read on for a brief interview!
1. What inspired your decision to write this book?
"I think it was really just a desire to first, deal with a topic I'd avoided personally in my own life since I'd married, and also to maybe help offer a fresh perspective for other wives who agree that the Bible calls us as wives to be submissive to our husbands but have no clue what that really looks like because we've been so bombarded with what culture thinks of it (usually in a very negative light)."
2. If women could take just one thing away from this book, what would you hope that would be?
"The goal for this book is probably very similar to the goal for my last book. I want women who are married to look at their roles as wives. To spend time in prayer and talking with God about ways they can grow. So often when we look at our marriages, we look at what our spouses are doing or not doing. But change has to start with ourselves.
The topic of submission is already a pretty controversial one and most women want to stay away from it with a ten-foot pole (at least). I hope that by reading my story, the questions I asked, the things that happened, the conclusions I came up with, that it will make this whole topic of biblical submission a little more approachable for readers."
3. How does being a submissive wife bring us closer to God?
"I think to live out biblical submission, you really first have to live out submitting to God. A relationship with God isn't a give or take, equal time for equal results kind of life - it is a "here, please have all of me" relationship. And something I've really learned the last couple of years is that I am not here for God to serve me. I'm here to serve God, and I serve God by helping those around me, and that includes my husband. I've learned to see my role as a wife as a ministry for God towards my husband. And you know, I've learned about trust, too. I have to trust my husband with making the right decisions for our family, and ultimately, I have to trust God to watch over our family."
4. What was the hardest thing for you in writing this book?
"I think the hardest thing for this particular book was writing out my story and having other family members involved and making sure I did it with respect and love while still staying honest and real and true. During the Proverbs 31 experiment, we lived away from family and so really it was just Cliff and I, but with this particular experience, we were living with my in laws and his grandmother for the first few months of it. And all of Cliff's family lives in and around town where we live so I had to be very careful and discerning about what I included and what I didn't. Having lived away from family for 13 of our 15 years of marriage, there has definitely been an adjustment period coming back and a few bumps in the road. There were issues that came up over the course of the year that we had to deal with and there were some great examples of how I saw Cliff really step up and lead his family but ultimately I made the choice to leave some of those stories out because they wouldn't have reflected well on other members. All of our family members read the manuscript and signed off on it before it went to print, but I was sweating it for awhile - the good news is I'm still welcome at Thanksgiving Dinner! :)"
5. Does being a submissive wife mean we give up our own identity, desires or interests outside of being a wife?
" No, not at all. I'm Cliff's wife, and Caleb's mom but I'm also Sara, someone who loves to write and speak and encourage others to pursue God, and who has a sincere desire to follow whatever He puts in front of me. I think I've learned through this experience that we can embrace the combination of all of those parts of us instead of letting one take over the others. I think being a submissive wife requires thoughtfulness and intention and in our hectic pace of life these days, that sometimes feels harder than it's meant to be. "
Sara has graciously offered to give one of you lucky readers a free copy of My So-Called Life As A Submissive Wife!
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Winner will be announced Friday morning August 16, 2013. Good luck!