The Good Wife’s Guide Giveaway with Darlene Schacht

I have a new cyber friend for you to meet. She is one of my favorite people I met in 2011 and she’s just written an ebook on marriage.

I LOVE her passion for women to keep their priorities in place so I asked her to join us today. (Oh, and I am totally trying NOT to be jealous of her book’s cover. I have always had an obsession with retro aqua kitchen appliances ;-))

Keep reading for a chance to win a copy of this ebook and to hear about another giveaway I will have for you tomorrow.

Darlene Schacht is an ordinary mom, living an extraordinary life, because of who she is through Jesus Christ.

As help-meet to her husband Michael, she guides and nurtures their four children, leading them toward a deeper walk of faith.

Her work has been published in anthologies by Thomas Nelson, Tyndale Publishing and Adams Media.

She is the author of the eBook, “The Good Wife’s Guide,” as well as co-author with actress Candace Cameron Bure of The New York Times Best-Seller, Reshaping it All: Motivation for Spiritual and Physical Fitness.

You can find her blogging at Time-Warp Wife (

In The Good Wife’s Guide Darlene encourages women to joyfully serve their families. In doing so she offers reasons for achieving a well-managed home backed by scripture and gleaned from experience. As well she provides readers with detailed cleaning and organizing schedules for practical application.

This book encourages women to make faith and family their first priorities from a place of sacrificial love. It reminds women that they were created with a specific purpose in mind, which is that of being a help meet. In supporting our husbands and living in unity we reflect God’s blueprint for marriage.

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I was able to “sit down” with Darlene (via email messages :-)) and ask her a few questions. Here is our interview:

Darlene, what prompted you the write The Good Wife’s Guide?

About a year ago, I came across a copy of an article that was circulating the internet. It was called, “The Good Wife’s Guide.” It looked to be a photocopy of an article published by “Housekeeping Monthly,” in May of 1955, but upon closer inspection, I got to wondering if the article might be a hoax. After checking with a few reliable sources online I discovered that it probably was.

The thing about the guide is that it was so similar to the message I was already sharing with my readers, in particular an article I had written called, “My Desire for Curb Appeal.” I clicked through several of the links, and nearly everywhere the guide was posted, it was up for much ridicule. The thing that got to me most was that our role as a help meet was being diminished by popular opinions that would rather scoff at good family values than face the truth of God’s Word:

“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.” Ephesians 5:22-24, (NIV)

I decided to resurrect the “Good Wife’s Guide” in my own words, and according to the role that I hope to fulfill in my life. It started out as an article, but more recently evolved into an eBook because of the interest I saw from readers.

It is no longer a satirical piece written to mock the role of a help meet, but rather a guide that leads women toward a noble character and good family values. I think it’s time that women took a stand for family values that serve to grow and protect the family unit as God divinely designed it to be.

What is your biggest hope for the woman who reads your book?

Titus chapter two exhorts women to love their children and to be keepers of the home. My hope is to enforce that message while teaching them how to do it with joy.

The book may have a special appeal to the stay-at-home mom, but SAHMs and working moms alike can both take joy in serving their families and glean from the lessons therein.

My passion is to encourage women to love and serve their families in hopes that we will all strive to keep our priorities straight. In doing so I offer them reasons for achieving a well-managed home backed by scripture and gleaned from experience.

That’s my passion and my hope. In keeping our priorities straight, we put faith and family first (in that order).

You are offering a giveaway today. Tell us about it.

Oh, I LOVE giveaways, and I love to make them simple too! I’ll give away four PDF copies of the eBook to your readers, and in order to enter, all I ask is that they share this post with someone whether it is through email, Twitter, Facebook, blogging, or word of mouth.

Then, if they leave us a comment below, between now and Sunday night, we can announce the three winners on Monday.

In closing I’d love to thank both you and you readers for having me as a guest. Thanks, Karen!!

My pleasure Darlene!

Okay gals… go tell it on the mountain….or on Facebook…or Twitter…..or on your blog…or send an email…or phone a friend….or run over and knock on your neighbor’s kitchen window and scare the bajeebies out of her.

Just tell someone about this fantabulous new ebook and then come back here and tell us who you told. Then, you’ll be entered to win!

To make it easy for you, below are a couple of pre-made Tweets & Facebook statuses for you to grab. Your welcome. :-)

Oh, and if you aren’t following us on Twitter or are not my Facebook friend yet, go to Twitter and follow me at Karen_Ehman and Darlene at DarleneSchacht or “friend request” me on Facebook at Karen Patterson Ehman so you will be able to tag the names in the post. You can also find Darlene on Facebook at Time Warp Wife.


Have you seen the new ebook The Good Wife’s Guide by Darlene Schacht? Win 1 of 4 copies on Karen_Ehman’s blog:

An awesome resource for wives. Win 1 of 4 copies on Karen_Ehman’s blog! The Good Wife’s Guide by Darlene Schacht:


Head over and hear about the great new ebook for wives by New York Times bestselling author and ordinary mom Darlene Schacht. You could win a free copy on Karen Patterson Ehman’s blog:

Ever feel like you aren’t a good wife? Fear not! Check out The Good Wife’s Guide by New York Times bestselling author Darlene Schacht (who is also a regular mom and probably cleaning her house right now.) Karen Patterson Ehman is featuring this new ebook on her blog and four women will win a free copy. See how:

Okay….now be sure to come back tomorrow when I will be offering a “Let it Snow” giveaway package you are gonna love!


  1. Beccy says

    I told my husband. I said that it looked like an interesting read and that I hope I win. I’m sure he does as well! We’ve been through so much together but God has seen us through all the way. He is good! Once I read the book myself, I’ll know better who to pass it on to.

  2. says

    Just tweeted about the book/giveaway.

    Coincidentially (not) I just wrote my post for my one word 2012 last night. The scripture reference for my one word which is Phobeomai, greek for fear/reverence/respect? Ephesians 5:22-33. Confirmation from the Lord of the word He gave me as well as direction concerning resources that could help me live out that word this year-this book is definitely one of them!

    Look forward to reading it-however God makes a way for me to have it-thank you for writing it Darlene.

    Love you Karen :)

  3. Charlotte Nixon says

    I have been married 32 yrs. this May.
    I believe that over the years in some ways I have lost the art I use to once of for being my hisband’s help meet. By God’s grace and mercy I want to get back on track, and would enjoy winning a copy of this book. Speaking of my husband, he is unemployed at this time, so money can’t be spent on books.
    Thank You and God Bless,
    Charlotte NIxon

  4. Kristina says

    I tagged you in a post on facebook. I would love to have a copy of this book. It is just what I was looking for. Thank you for the chance to win it! I hope many others will share about this wonderful opportunity too. I want to be the very best help meet for my husband that I can be. We’ve been married just over 13 years and I have so much to learn. Have a blessed day!


  5. Charee Cook says

    I just tweeted about the book. I am so excited to read this book. I need all the help I can get to do a better job on the home front. Thank you!! :-)

  6. Tamara Morrison says

    Shared on facebook. That seems to be the fastest moving and largest option these days! Also I am signing up for Darlenes blog and Facebook too. Thanks for sharing the information!

  7. Heather V says

    Shared it on facebook! Can’t wait to read it on my kindle fire! Just discovered last week how I can turn e-books in to kindle friendly books! Love it!

  8. Jodie says

    Hi there! I too, have seen the 1955 article, and whether it was true or not, I feel things have just gotten way out of control. Life was definately more “smooth running” and in control back years ago. I think all women should put focus back on where God intended. I am a 32 year old stay at home mom. I get a lot of grief about it from a lot of people. But I will continue the “good race” and strive everyday to be the wife and mother that God wants me to be. I have nothing against women who work by the way. :). No matter what season of life we are in, we just need to keep our priorities straight and in line with Gods will.
    I shared this with my sister, and two girlfriends. God Bless ladies!

  9. Staci M says

    I just posted it to facebook. I have a daughter getting married in September and think this would be a great shower gift for her.

  10. Shonda says

    I shared on FB and Twitter. I would love to read this book. I want to be the Good Wife that God has called me to be.

  11. Marjie says

    My husband and I will celebrate our 33 wedding anniversary this June (I was a child bride who turned 19 three days after our wedding). The Lord has been the glue that has held our marriage together, which in it’s early days was pretty rocky because neither of us were in church or living for the Lord. Despite having been married for 33 years, I firmly believe that God always has a fresh word and perspective for us in learning to be the godly wife He wants us to be. I mentor a couple of young wives, and I would like to share this book with them as well. I’m glad to see that it’s an Ebook…..I’m sure my Nook will love it!

  12. Karen Ehman says

    Via email: O.K. I posted it on my face book page. Sounds like a wonderful ebook. Thanks for sharing with all of us. Jean

  13. says

    I found Time Warp Wife last week and have been loving all the posts (recent and older). I have told three co-workers about this giveaway and shared it on my fb account- (Jennifer Hoyt Hendrix Hutchinson)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  14. Bobbie Gillette says

    I have just copied the scrip and site to email to both of my daughters. Thank you….I would love a copy. I will be married to my hubby 45 years this April and can always improve:)

    Have a blessed day.

  15. Daphne R. says

    I have your links on my FB page and I’ve also told my sisters about this ebook! Would love to win a copy :-) Have a marvelous day!!


  16. Sylvia Trigg says

    I have always believed since I was a little girl, that God was calling me to be a wife and mother, a good christian wife and mother. To always put God first and then family. I want to be the good wife and mother, the one that God has called me to be. There is always room for improvement, even at my age… 50! : )

    Hope everyone has a very blessed day!


  17. Kim says

    I am so very blessed to be at home for this season of raising children. I had a career for a decade, loved that too…..especially the accolades that don’t so much come at home. Yet, get this my husband thanks me for the most menial of tasks, am I blessed or what? Truly things that I should be doing and honestly, I would not think to thank him for. He is a great example and partner for me. As I know choose to thank him for his contributions. If it were not for his encouragement and support I may have tended to think I “needed” to be working.

    But the Lord gave clear confirmation to me just last month that my focus for this time with teenagers is to be at home! I chose to submit to this and I have had a profound sense of PEACE and JOY just cleaning my house and making meals and snacks for my family……God is good. And Karen, thanks for the great recipes :-) I intend to try the orange pineapple cake soon.

    I shared the info with women who are already Good Wives to encourage them in their walk.

  18. Ira Arijati Bogeski says

    Just posted on my Facebook page. Need all the help I can get to be a godly wife and mother. I feel that this gift would be a huge blessing to me and my family.

    Wishing you every blessing,


  19. nancys1128 says

    Just shared on FB. I’m neither Susie Homemaker nor Betty Crocker, so I’m sure this book would be a huge blessing to my household.

  20. Vonnie Kronk says

    I just shared this on Facebook to my many friends. Since this is How I communicate mostly! I hope that I WIN the ebook since that is How I read books now that I’m disabled & this would give me Help in my Wife Duties as well!!

  21. Jeanie Pryor says

    I posted on my facebook. I love the way she calls the wife a help meet to her husband!!! Excellant way to say that!!! I really would love to read this book. I will be checking out her blog also. Thank you for sharing!!! ((((((((Hugs))))))))

  22. says

    I tweeted! And I love that Darlene is promoting, sharing, living the idea that we are valuable as wives and mothers. I once attended a workshop called Mothers Matter. That’s for sure!! Bless you both.

  23. Michele says

    Hi, I don’t twitter or do facebook, but I sent an email to my homeschool group. This book looks really interesting. I hope that I can win! Thanks

  24. karen says

    I shared thru an email. Looks like a great book full of hope and encouragement. Needed for those weary moments on the wife job.

  25. Tammy Ash says

    Just shared an email about this with my family. I am a working wife of 25 years married. One day I want to be home. I am waiting on the Lord. I hope I win. This will give me the encouragement I need to keep going especially after a long day at work and not gettng home until late still to cook and take care of the family. Thank you

  26. Marie says

    I have told my female family and friends about it!! I have a huge family and they said they will most likely purchase it! Yay!! I am very excited and hope I win because I want to be a good wife to my husband. I come from a broken home family and would really like to learn a lot about being a Godly wife!
    Thank you and God bless you!

  27. says

    Just posted this on my fb page…viewable by my 733 “friends”. I need to get back to my blogging and this would make a great start as it works with my One word for 2012…discipline…so I will try and get to that either later today or tomorrow. I would love to win the book…I do alot of “coffee table” counseling with women of all ages and this would be a great resource for that purpose as well! Blessings to you and your ministry!

  28. Heather says

    I have been telling all the ladies in my MOMS Club about this book! We have a lot of first time moms who are having a hard time adjusting to the home life. I try to be an encouraging friend and even though they are all not “christian” ladies, I always give them advice that is bibically sound. Sometime they think I’m crazy for submitting to my husband and sacrificially loving my family bit that’s the way God intended it and I can’t veer from that path. I would so LOVE to win a copy that I could gleen from as well as share with the other ladies in my group!

  29. Mish says

    I liked it on Facebook.
    I’ve been following Darlene’s blog for a while now, and some days it inspires…some days it makes me feel like an inadequate failure. LOL But then I remember I need to take everything in steps…and a book like this might be what I need to get me out of the rut I seem to have run into.

  30. Sue Feenstra says

    I shared it on FB…A topic that I think we can all improve on…in good times and bad! Karen, I love your new logo with the K and the E…it is VERY sharp!!!

  31. Dee says

    Oh, forgot to tell you I am forwarding your blog to my friend who is ALWAYS making me read books to make me a better wife. Now I can suggest one to her!

  32. says

    shared on FB and hoping to win this book. Been a wife for 26 years and still have not gotten it right….but working on it! I have 3 daughters and 2 sons to ‘teach’. Thank you!!

  33. says

    I want to share quite a few things, first I would like to say that your website, has taught me quite a lot about being a mother. I have learned to care for my home, cook, and take care of my young daughter though I am still growing at all three. Second I learned what a Wife was and is, you inspired me, and I took the Word with an even hungrier thirst. And third you continue to inspire me. When I think of you I see you as an excellent representation of the older women referred to in Titus 2 and me as a young woman learning. I was not fortunate to have a mother who was able to guide me in the Word with her life, but I am happy that there are women like you in the world.

    Thank You so much for sharing your life and inspiring so many people.

    “2 Teach the older men to be temperate, worthy of respect, self-controlled, and sound in faith, in love and in endurance.
    3 Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God. ”

    – Titus 2:5

    Michelle/ Growing Mama

  34. Jenna says

    Pinned on pinterest (hope that works, it’s how I share everything)! Been married for 5 years and a stay-at-home mom for almost 2 years. I have been learning so much lately about what it means to be a Godly wife and mother and think this book would really help. Thanks!

  35. Kim Strating says

    Posted on facebook… Would love to read & send others your way. Hosting an “Art of Marriage” weekend (from Family Life) next month, and I’m thinking your blog would be a great resource to send them away with

  36. Cindy says

    Just shared with friends! I started out on the time-warp wife site and read about your blog there. I am very excited to find both of you today!

  37. Kathy says

    I have posted it on facebook, verbally told my two daughters (young wives) and will add the link to Pinterest. The book content looks amazing. I am an old wife of almost 35 years. But I am always trying to learn and be better in everything. So therefore….I hope I could win!!!!

  38. Lori Krause Austin says

    I shared on FB. I have recently just found Darlene’s site and am excited at the chance to win. Thank you for being willing to give away one of her books.

  39. Marla Walker says

    I am hoping to win a copy of the ebook. I just started reading the Time-Warp
    Wife blog and am subscribing to the blog. I, too, am a stay at home mom who believes that is what God had planned for my life as a wife and mother. I just shared via an email to a friend who is also a stay at home mom trying to be what God would have her to be. Thank you for all your help leading us closer to God.

  40. Kathleen says

    I have shared this with a friend and will share it with more – especially young wives and new Christians as that was me many years ago and I would have loved to have a resource like that. Not growing up in a Christian home, I did not even have an example to follow. Even after 32+ years of marriage there is much I can learn.

  41. Mary Blair says

    When God blesses you with a husband and best friend, you should learn to nurture and cherish that relationship. I would love to read this new book. I will share this on facebook. Thanks.

  42. Jen says

    I posted your blog on my pinterest board, and told several friends about your e-book. My husband and I are very blessed with a great relationship, but I always need reminders to do it God’s way. There is so much out there AGAINST healthy marriages in the world, so much selfishness. We need all the reminders we can get that God has a plan for this amazing bond of marriage! Thanks so much for being that voice!

  43. Melanie Hall says

    Would love to win a copy of this book and whether I win or not, I will be sharing the info with my friends and hope to purchase extra copies. I am blessed with a wonderful Christian husband and we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary this summer by going on an Alaskan cruise! :)

  44. Monica says

    So excited to learn more about this topic! Just posted on Facebook. Hope to win so I can be a greater encouragement to my family. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Dana Harris says

    I told a friend – she’s a SAHM and always looking for
    Ways to organize her home/ mom life. :) looks like a great
    Book!! Women who have writing skills amaze me!

  46. Julie D. says

    Growing up in Texas we used to have four seasons. I remember as a little girl watching the cow out in the snow thinking she must be cold amd may not give us milk

  47. Debbie Martin says

    I posted a link to my facebook page. I am fascinated by the Title of this book. Just recently my boyfriend and I were talking about “when” we get married what his expectations are and this book title is right on target with that very conversation. Imagine, (me at 47 and him at 50); talking and praying over how this marriage will be all that God desires. WOW!

  48. Jennifer says

    I would love to have this book and learn how to be a better wife. Maybe I can read it on the Kindle Fire my wonderful husband got me for Christmas!!

  49. Moya E. says

    I have shared! Let’s just say that I have been married longer then I had been alone. But I love it that way! And thank you. Hope that I win.

  50. Robin Still says

    I have shared your book and what it is about with my bible study group last night and then with my preschool teacher friends today during our “catch up time” before school started. What a wonderful read it will be…I can hardly wait to read it! Be blessed because you are a blessing!

    Robin :)

  51. Jessica Newland says

    Just shared on Facebook & Twitter!

    This looks like a fabulous book! It’s going onto my list of books to read this year.

  52. Barbara Greer says

    I had posted a part of the book on Facebook in some women’s groups I was in and I also just posted one of the facebook messages in Ruby Wives Cafe.

  53. Starr says

    I shared this with our womens’ small group leader. Sounds like it could be a real encouragement for women of all ages.

  54. Melodie Z says

    I just started tweeting…so used this opportunity to tweet some more! :) Thanks for introducing us to your new cyber friend. I can use all the encouragement I can get to joyfully serve my family of four kids, a grand baby and a husband. :)

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