Have you ever read the book, “Created to be his Help Meet?” I have. It’s helped countless number of women to be better wives: nicer, fairer, more gracious. It certainly helped me!
But what’s the deal with the book? What’s the deal with the behavior it generates in women? What’s the deal with the degrading advice, and the overall tone that asserts that wives are to be subservient to their husbands?
Debi Pearl basically says, “God created man in His image; then He created Eve from Adam’s rib. So, Eve was created in Adam’s image. Not God’s.”
Therefore . . . Adam has worth. Adam has purpose and meaning. Eve? Well . . . do what Adam says, okay?
Don’t get me wrong. I liked the book A LOT at one time. For a few years, I enjoyed the person I had become. I enjoyed the fairy tale marriage I produced. But the problem was, as the years went by, I grew in the Lord. I began to see Debi Pearl’s book for what it was: a formula. A set of legalistic rules and guidelines and principles to live by.
My friends and I (who had formed a ‘Created to be his Help-Meet’ book club, to discuss and go over every nuance of every page) eventually tired of the BS.
Years later, my husband would tell me, “you’ve become a smartass.”
Well, not really. It’s just that I was not kissing his feet anymore. I was not afraid of him anymore. I was maturing in my life in Christ and was therefore becoming more me. The shackles of religion were falling off, and I was being set free.
Okay. So, to answer the question, “what’s the deal with her book?” Well, I don’t know. It’s just a very in-your-face, c’mon-stop-complaining-about-him kind of book. Debi Pearl makes the claim that every wife has something against her husband, some grudge, some complaint, some “thing” that is hindering her from really enjoying married life. And Debi is right in most cases. Let’s face it, wives . . . we are forever trying to control those poor boys, are we not? (Hello! The curse of Genesis 3!)
Man, we need to let it go.
But don’t use Debi Pearl’s book as your impetus. Use the grace of God.
Learn that God does not expect you to be perfect, so that you can give your husband grace for not being perfect either.
Learn that God has totally forgiven you of all your sins – past, present and future – so that you can learn to forgive your husband’s sins.
Learn that God relates to you through the New Covenant, through your inheritance in Christ, and that you are essentially a trillionaire princess daughter of the King of the Universe . . . so that you won’t really expect that much of your husband.
Poor guy’s only human after all.
February 6, 2017