Review of Darby Dugger’s Devotional

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 Today I’m excited to share my book review of For the Love of Our Husbands, 52 Devotions for Wives and Prayers for the Men They Love by blogger and author, Darby Dugger. We’re also offering a giveaway of this devotional, with details on how to enter below.

Darby Dugger BookI love Darby’s book and the concept she built it upon. Each week she’s written a devotional challenge that’s followed by a prayer the wife prays for herself based upon that day’s challenge. She also includes a prayer for our husbands at the end of each devotional. The prayers for our husbands are based upon scriptures that directly address our husbands’ challenges in life and marriage.

Darby did such a great job of writing this devotional and putting it together. I was even impressed by how organized and well-formatted it was! I love that she included true stories and struggles from her life and marriage in each weekly challenge. Thankfully, she never comes across as a super saint or a wife who has it all together, so I found myself resonating with her experiences and easily relating to her feelings.

I also love that Darby uses scripture to guide the prayers for our husbands. One of the things I like to do is pray using scripture for myself, my husband and others in my life, so this was right down my alley! I think there is something very pleasing to God when we use His words to claim His truths and promises.

Some of the weekly challenges for wives include:

  • The need and commitment to pray for our husbands.
  • Creating a peaceful, restful place for our husbands to come home to.
  • Being quick to listen and slow to speak, especially when stressed or irritated.
  • Taking negative thoughts captive and focusing on the good in our husbands.
  • Understanding the pressures of being a husband who leads and provides for the family.
  • Creating a pleasant and tidy atmosphere in our homes and especially our bedrooms.
  • Finding ways to be unified with our husbands.

Some of the prayers for our husband’s include:

  • Praying for his spiritual sensitivity and growth.
  • Praying for his faith and courage to deepen and increase.
  • Praying for his spiritual hunger.
  • Praying for his integrity in all situations.
  • Praying for our husbands to be spiritually protected against Satan’s attacks.
  • Praying for his openness and honesty in our marriage.
  • Praying for our husbands to have a gentle spirit toward us.

All you have to do to enter the giveaway for this spiritually uplifting devotional is to comment below by midnight (CST) on Thursday, Feb. 20th, telling us …


Why you’d like to have this book for yourself, your spouse or a friend.




What Bible verse or prayer have you prayed over your spouse?



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  1. Nannette Elkins says:

    Beth, the devotional sounds awesome. I need to be more specific in my prayers for my husband. I definitely pray for anointing on him on a regular basis as we minister weekly when we are traveling, sharing our blueprint for revival. Praying for protection for their minds is so important, I know he does that for me! I also pray that he will be sensitive to what God is doing. I used to have a little keychain type thing that had prayer cards on it just for the spouse, it was great. So I will have to check out this book! Blessings to you, hope you are having a good week. ♥

    • I love the idea of key chain prayer cards, Nannette. I keep a lot of my Bible verses and reminders how to pray for my husband on my “note app.” I don’t always have my keys with me, but I almost always have my phone! And yes, this is an awesome devotional and might give you some new ways/new verses for praying for you minister hubby! Blessings right back at ya, sweet friend!

  2. When my husband was in his final semester of graduate school, I prayed Psalm 20:4-5 over him and stuck it in his class binder… “May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. We will shout for joy when you are victorious and lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.” That verse still means so much to me!

    • What a great idea, Becky! I love that not only were you praying for your hubby, but surprising him with a little note he’d find later. That verse is great as well! Thanks for sharing, my friend!

    • Darby Dugger says:

      I love this verse! What a great one to pray over our husbands! Thank you for sharing!

  3. ‘Being quick to listen and slow to speak, especially when stressed or irritated.’ A devotional that will encourage me in this way? A genuine keeper!
    And you’re a keeper, too, Beth! We’ve got you covered in prayer as you continue to walk through this season … Hugs, my friend.

    • Oh, that’s me too, Linda! A verse and character quality that I’m still trying to develop. I do think Darby’s devotional would be a huge encouragement to you {and has been to me} in this area. Thanks so much for “keeping” me, Linda! I am so very grateful for your prayers and continued friendship. 🙂

  4. I don’t have any specific verses that I pray over him. But I do pray for him, of course. I also pray for him the night before he preaches and then that morning, right as he stands up to preach I am praying for him and for the Lord to speak through Him. You know how that goes! 😉 Thanks for hosting today.

    • Oh, yes, praying for our husbands when they preach is so important, Nan! My hubby is not the main preacher at our church, but he does preach quite a bit and is always kind of nervous when he does. He used to be the main pastor of some other churches we were serving and he had to preach all the time. This was often so stressful for him–though he does a beautiful job! Or God does that through our men, as you’ve said! Blessings to you, sweet friend!

  5. bluecottonmemory says:

    Sometimes I just start with Psalms 1 and work my way through – praying over him – it is amazing how God has moved with those prayers!

    • I love praying the Psalms. There are so many that are direct prayers and worded perfectly for praying over our hubbies or whoever needs God’s encouragement. And … I suppose that’s EVERYONE! Thanks so much, Maryleigh! Hugs to you!

  6. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser says:

    From a male perspective…these are great. A version for guys would be a good thing to have (to go with Stormie Omartian’s “Power of a Praying Husband”.

    Something I’d like to add, if I may – for wives who have become the primary breadwinner, through a husband’s illness or injury…

    Remember that in the eyes of society, your husband has become something of a ‘loser’, and however serene his outward aspect is, this is eating at him on some level. Valuing him, and what he does, is important – and it’s vital never to give even a whiff of condescension.

    In this situation, be wary of using the word ‘househusband’; there’s a heavy stigma there, and while it may sound cute, your husband may wince every time you say it, especially in public.

    I have seen some women use ‘househusband’ almost as a form of revenge, for all the years women were subjugated and demeaned with the term ‘housewife’, even if the term was never applied to them personally.

    • Yes, Andrew, I think these would be great for a husband to give to his wife, sister, mom–any woman in his life. And I agree that Darby should do one from the husband’s point of view. Perhaps her hubby could get in the act! 🙂 Thanks also for sharing some cautions about wives being the main breadwinner and how it affects the relationship and self-image of the man. It’s becoming more and more a common situation, especially in our economic climate. And a little sensitivity–looking at things from the male point of view–is always a good idea, Andrew. Maybe that’s a topic you should write on! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and adding to the discussion!

  7. This book is surely great for every wife to have! I often pray Isaiah 48:17: “Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.” … for my husband, for God to teach him how to profit God’s kingdom in His assignment and for God to lead the way he ought to go.
    Thanks a lot for sharing this book with us Beth, I would like to do a study with women in God’s Church here in Salem if I get a hold of it!
    Have a super blessed day!


    • That’s an amazing verse, Ugochi! It looks like you’ve not only prayed that for your hubby but memorized it. What a great one to “hide” in our hearts! I hope you do get a copy {either winning or buying} and do that Bible study with the women of your church. Then you’ll have to share with all of us how it went! Hugs to you!

  8. Oh, I would just love this devotional book. I love how it focuses on my relationship with the Lord through prayer and includes prayer for my husband. Thanks so much for such a nice review.

    • Yes, prayer has been such a huge blessing and redemptive tool that God has used in my marriage too, Judith. By the way, I can’t find where to comment on your blog. Am I missing the button? I appreciate your blog post today too and, of course, hosting, my friend!

  9. SimplySaidMom says:

    Prayer is an area of my Christian walk that I struggle with! Actually my husband and I both struggle – this sounds like a great book to help me spend more time talking to God (especially about my sweet husband).

    • I bet it would be a great help to you, Shannon. The way she’s approached this makes it interesting and focused on the right things. Thanks for stopping by and sharing, my friend!

  10. Darby Dugger says:

    Thank you, Beth, for this beautiful review of my book!

  11. Christa Sterken says:

    I’d love it because I am great at praying for everyone else, but sometimes the people closest to me, my husband and children, I don’t pray enough for!

  12. Sounds like a new way to connect with our spouses 🙂

  13. Sounds like an absolutely wonderful book and a great resource! As a newlywed I have struggled a bit with consistently doing devotions and prayer time…I used to always do them before I went to sleep at night..but now that I am not alone in my room, its thrown off my regular routine :). I would love a copy of this book which I think would really spur me to regular devos again as well as teach me some things about how to be a better wife and how to pray for my husband!

  14. This book would be perfect for my sister-in-law, also my best friend! She and my brother model what love and marriage should be. They both would be blessed by this book.

  15. This devotional would be perfect for me as my husband is disabled with Tourette Syndrome. I try not to get frustrated with him, but it is a struggle for me. Being able to pray scripture over my husband would be a great blessing to him and to me

  16. This book sounds great! What a wonderful, God inspired work she has created. Would be a blessing to read and then share. Thanks!


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