by Debi Pearl from No Greater Joy – New Book! The Hidden Help Meet
Editor’s note: Aha! Now we have an idea of what Debi’s new ‘Help Meet’ book is about. It’s about being the little woman standing behind the great man doing the grunt work, unthanked, unpaid, and unacknowledged. If that’s your desire in life, great, go for it. But, don’t make a rule for everyone out of this idea. This is just a rehash of all the ways that Ms. Pearl herself has accepted her role in her husband’s life with a grimace she wants everyone to mistake for a joyful smile. The Denny she’s speaking of here is Denny Kenaston – a speaker and author out of Pennsylvania.
When Denny unexpectedly died of brain cancer, I grieved for both him and his message. Millions of women need these gloriously encouraging words. I knew that it would still go forth on audio, but the written page reaches so many more people of different cultures and beliefs. I asked Jackie Kenaston, Denny’s beloved wife and my sweet friend, if we could transcribe Denny’s Hidden Woman message and expand upon it. She gladly agreed.
I loved working on this book. Reading his words, I was thrilled as he recalled the stories of great evangelists and missionaries who had changed the world. Especially interesting was how the surviving letters between the men and their wives reveal the wife’s support and involvement in her husband’s ministry. Many of the greatest writers never wrote a word. Their wives, who knew Greek, Latin, and other languages, wrote what their husbands preached and then translated the messages, putting them in print and promoting worldwide distribution. Denny points out how different the outcome would have been had the wives whined because of the sacrifices of ministry. As with Abraham and Sarah, it took BOTH husband and wife for God to do a great work. Being less known than their husbands, these women were hidden help meets, but in the portals of glory they are front-runners. It will be a real pleasure to visit with them in heaven to hear their whole story.
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