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Book & Cover Review of "Winning Him Without Words" by Lynn Donovan & Dineen Miller

 Winning Him Without Words: 10 Keys to Thriving in Your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage
Book Review
Winning Him Without Words: 10 Keys to Thriving in Your Spiritually Mismatched Marriage is a wonderfully encouraging book written for women who are in a marriage with someone who either doesn’t share their faith at all, or just not at the same level. Dineen and Lynn share personal stories from their own marriages as well as tips compiled from other women. I found the book to be very insightful, very encouraging … and full of biblical wisdom.  I would encourage anyone who knows a married woman who is frustrated about sitting alone in church week after week to either buy this book or visit for more information.

This book is not lengthy, but could just save a mismatched marriage that is already struggling for air. Very worth reading, and I already have plans to pass it on.

Book Cover Review
Because author (and graphic artist) Dineen Miller and I have partnered on design projects in the past for the ACFW I got a sneak peak at this cover a few months ago. Although she did not design this herself Dineen was inspecting it closely for any design flaws at that time. I found that I really do like this cover. It has a modern style to it, yet the faded edges, along with the silky cover stock, give it a soft and comforting quality. The photo of the couple on the cover evokes togetherness, comforting … and a relaxed ‘comfortable in your own skin’ kind of feeling – as though this couple has traveled the road of life together for awhile. I also love that in several areas the designer chose not to use just solid areas of color, but to include subtle texture.

A great cover, and one that I think will attract the attention of the intended audience.

Note: This book was provided by the CFBA (Christian Fiction Blog Alliance) for review. The additional information below (including a video) was provided by the authors to the CFBA.

This week, the  Christian Fiction Blog Alliance  is introducing  Winning Him Without Words  Regal (February 15, 2011)  by  Lynn Donovan & Dineen Miller   


Lynn Donovan

Verse: John 15:5 Apart from Me you can do nothing.

Tagline: Challenging Women to Live in Truth

A passionate writer and speaker, Lynn is a woman who presents a compelling message to encourage women to thrive in their marriage. She speaks at events nationwide where she challenges the myths women believe about love, pointing them to life-changing freedom through a relationship with Jesus. She reveals the zany yet meaningful stories of marriage challenges, truths, and triumphs in her life and invites women to share her view from her front row seat to an amazing journey; life lived for Christ.

Married since 1992 to her best friend and biggest enthusiast, Mike, she lives in Temecula, California. They have a son and a daughter and a wacky dog named Peanut. She loves to laugh, enjoys a strong cup of coffee and Fantasy Football and not necessarily in that order.

She lives each day in awe of the grace of God in her ordinary life.

Dineen Miller

Verse: Romans 8:28  And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Tagline: Igniting the Soul

Dineen readily admits that one of the greatest lessons she’s learning about life is that there’s purpose in our trials. And it’s all about trusting God and putting our hope in Him. Her favorite stories will always be of the miracles God has wrought in the lives of her family.

Through this lens she also believes her years as a youth counselor, a Stephen Minister, a women’s ministry leader, and a small group leader have prepared her for God’s calling on her life—to write for and speak to those in mismatched marriages like hers.

In addition to writing for Spiritually Unequal Marriage, Dineen writes for Laced with Grace and various other fiction online magazines and newsletters. She’s also won several prestigious awards for her fiction, and her devotional writing has been featured in Our Journey and Christian Women Online Magazine.

Married for 23 years to a guy who keeps her young, she lives in the Bay Area with her husband, two precious daughters, and their dog Shasta, who no doubt is an angel in disguise.


Week after week, they sit in church . . . alone. They are the spiritually mismatched, those who are committed to a spouse who does not share their faith. Feeling abandoned by their spouse and forgotten by their church, they live out their faith in survival mode, guarding the spiritual flame yet never feeling free to share it. But God wants them to thrive—not just survive.

Winning Him Without Words presents 10 Christ centered keys to thriving in a spiritual mismatch. Readers are encouraged to commit to Christian community, to release their spouse to God’s capable hands, to find peace in their
relationships with Christ and with their spouse, to continue their pursuit of a growing faith and to love their spouse with fresh enthusiasm. God wants every marriage to exude peace and love, and Winning Him Without Words empowers readers to create that environment in their homes and thrive as God works.

Watch their book video:

If you would like to read a sample chapter of Winning Him Without Words, go HERE.

2 thoughts on “Book & Cover Review of "Winning Him Without Words" by Lynn Donovan & Dineen Miller”

  1. You are very welcome, Dineen! I am so often drawn to books by their covers first … and then deciding whether to read it by the copy on the back. Both are HUGE factors worth analyzing against the actual writing. Sometimes the book would do way better with better promo copy or a better cover – no matter how great the interior writing is!


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