When I first started this book, I couldn’t put it down! I’d never read anything like it before. A good marriage starts long before you even meet your husband. In “Preparing to be a Help Meet”, young women are encouraged to seek the Lord in their single years, be busy and productive, serving in ministry, growing in knowledge and much more. This isn’t a book on how to find a husband. This is about learning to get your life in line with Christ- to be ready for the man God has for you. It’s about tackling those difficult character qualities and becoming a prayer warrior. It’s about being open to the Lord’s will, and embracing womanhood to the fullest. It’s about joy- true contagious joy! Don’t read it if you aren’t ready to be challenged to change your ways!
My favorite chapter has to be chapter seven, which teaches about knowledge. It is so easy to wish away our youth, pinning away for our husband, which could one day lead to regret. Mrs. Pearl encourages young women to study, learn and grow. She shares a story where lack of knowledge in her life as a young married woman almost cost her son’s life. She encourages you to pick a new topic each week to study – everything from cooking to fertility; and even to learning about slime that grows on the backs of frogs in the amazon! I was so convicted to learn while reading that chapter. How much there is to know!
“Preparing To Be A Help Meet” is also full of many varied love stories, all unique and glorious in themselves. I found myself so encouraged by each woman that shared. With each unique story, you will find that there is not a “cookie cutter” courtship and we need to be open to seeing things differently and seeking God’s will. Mrs. Pearl shares practical ways to maintain chaste conversation and interaction with young men. In the realm of her “Created to Be a Help Meet” book, Mrs. Pearl teaches about the three different types of men and also women. She teaches the strengths and downfalls of each and how we can better use our strengths for our type. Ever since reading this, I’ve found it fun to observe married couples and their different types.
Overall, it is a wonderful book. As with everything we read, we must choose what we believe carefully. I would highly recommend this book to single and married woman alike. My mother and I enjoyed reading through it together last summer and doing some of the study guide. Prepare to be challenged and equipped to become the woman that God would want you to be!! I would say that this sums it up well – “Life is a choice. You choose to honor God by cheerfully going his way, which is the way of thanksgiving, joy, honoring and obeying your husband, serving others, showing kind responses, not taking offense, being chaste in your conversation and lifestyle and having ears to hear and a heart to change.” (Preparing to be a Help Meet pg. 208)
Doesn’t that sound like a beautiful woman? I’ve been so convicted and encouraged the many times I’ve read Preparing to be a Help Meet. I have so far to go – so much to learn! I’m so thankful for the encouragement we young women can have today from resources like these.
Article written by Kayla Moschel