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Spit and Polish for Husbands: Becoming Your Wife’s Knight in Shining Armor by Bryan Davis is a Christ-focused guide for Christian men to follow in order to be chivalrous, self-sacrificing husbands for their wives. Davis is a graduate of the University of Florida and has a master of theology degree from International Seminary. He wrote this book in order to counter today’s culture of selfishness and lack of responsibility. Davis’ opinion of marriage is that it an institution that parallels Christ’s relationship with His church, and since Christ was selfless, so husbands must be, too.
Most men, myself included, do not understand the language of females. Davis tries to teach how wives communicate with body language and silence, and then shows husbands how to avoid hurting their wives in the future. The book flows nicely from chapter to chapter starting with simple steps to please one's wife, then establishing the “Knight’s Code,” and ending with passing the ideals down to children.
Davis uses whimsical anecdotes to communicate the importance of chivalry, which has been all but removed from today’s standards. He becomes a bit preachy when he writes about issues of grave importance, such as pornography and divorce. I felt, however, that it was warranted, and was able to stay with him until he had finished his point.
Davis’ primary point through this book is, “We must continue to be for our wives the valiant knights who never lose our passion for God’s kingdom.” It is our duty to lead our wives through the battlefield of a sinful world. God gave us a wife as a gift, so we should never lose sight of our responsibility to her. The evidence of how wives are unappreciated today is clear in the amount of divorce and abuse in society.
Spit and Polish for Husbands is full of simply-stated truths that any husband can easily understand. The book uses the well-known concept of knights along with biblical scripture, to illustrate uncomplicated ways husbands are to be Christ-like in marriage and in life. It does at times seem a bit repetitive with certain phrases, but the views of the author are refreshing in a time of feminism and male chauvinism. Any husband who is trying to please his wife and the Lord will enjoy the simple wisdom found in this book. -- Tim Yoder, Christian Book Previews.com
Many a woman has been swept off her feet by her knight in shining armor only to find after a few years of marriage that tarnish has invaded his silver lining. If a gallant knight doesn’t check this unsavory spread, he will soon find that his sparkling suit has become a rust bucket.
Spit and Polish for Husbands gives a man practical guidelines how to keep his sheen, how to show his wife the respect, the admiration, and the love that drew her to him in the first place. Using the theme of knights and their gallantry, this book will cut with a humorous edge to bring chivalry into modern times. It will explain how a knight can deal with the amazingly complex intricacies of the feminine gender, how to live with her in honor, and how to have a great time along the way.
Spit and Polish is also a serious call to follow a biblical code of heroism. It challenges men to put off the cloak of mediocrity the modern church has offered and to put on the vestments of Christ—the armor of integrity, honor, and courage. Men who read and follow the precepts in this book will shine in the darkness, polished and made ready for battle by Christ our king.