"Five years into 'wedded bliss,' I confessed to Kim that I no longer loved her. We were stuck in a destructive relationship pattern we now refer to as the 'fierce woman/fearful man' cycle, and I had lost all hope for a peaceful marriage..." — LeRoy Wagner
What if I'm laid-back and my wife is... not?
How can I lead when I feel emasculated?
I'm not sure I love my wife anymore. What happened?
If you find yourself asking questions like these, LeRoy can relate. In Men Who Love Fierce Women, he is gut-honest about his failures and frustrations as a husband, the realizations that saved his marriage,* and the requirements God places on every husband, laid-back or not. With their insights combined, Kim and LeRoy equip men to rise up, handle conflict, love their wife, and lead their marriage, regardless of who has the stronger personality.
Includes reflection questions at the end of every chapter, plus an appendix for addressing conflict.
*Kim and LeRoy's interview on Focus on the Family, in which they discuss their marriage and Kim's book Fierce Women, aired twice and was voted the #1 segment of 2015, prompting the publication of this book.
He's quiet, she's "fierce." The more she pushes, the more he withdraws. The less he leads, the more she takes over. If this sounds familiar—and if you're tired of the cycle—LeRoy and Kimberly Wagner have the answer. They'll show how you can learn to work together as a team, channeling personality differences for constructive rather than destructive purposes.
President, Focus on the Family
Being married to a strong person is something we both understand. This kind of marriage partnership presents unique challenges, but it also promises wonderful opportunities. We are deeply grateful to our friends, LeRoy and Kim, for writing such a helpful, biblically grounded book, born out of their personal journey and the transformation God has brought about in their lives. We strongly commend this book to you as God continues to write His story in and through your life and marriage.
ROBERT & NANCY (DEMOSS) WOLGEMUTH
In this book LeRoy and Kim help us understand how marital conflict can either destroy a marriage or be the means God uses to develop qualities of leadership, communication, and intimacy. Here is practical guidance for men to step to the plate and realize that leading a strong wife is not impossible. Instead, it can be a journey that leads to mutual fulfillment, spirited growth, and genuine appreciation for one another. We will personally profit from the wisdom and hard truth found in these pages.
ERWIN & REBECCA LUTZER
Pastor Emeritus, The Moody Church
I have known LeRoy and Kim as friends since college. They are real, they are transparent, they love God, and they love you. If you are tired of marriage books that present an idyllic, stereotypical, "everyone fits in the exact same box" approach, then you will love this book. Thank you, LeRoy and Kim, for ministering to those of us who come away from most marriage conferences feeling worse than we did before!
J.D. "SONNY" TUCKER
Executive Director, Arkansas Baptist State Convention
Talk about a captivating book! The Wagners' description of "Courageous Leaders verses Passive Deserters" is worth the price of the book. You will pass this marriage book along to others.
JOHNNY M. HUNT
Senior pastor FBC Woodstock
Former SBC President
This book was hard to read for me because I am a fierce woman, but this has helped me see how my fierceness made my husband feel. I have cried several times as I read, and it has given me opportunities to go to Wade and seek forgiveness—which is always a good place for me to be. Thank you for taking the time and effort (I know it can't be easy) to write this hard, but necessary book.
Wife, mom, and follower of Jesus Christ
With uncommon honesty, LeRoy and Kim provide us a raw account of how a spiral into marital-induced depression can become fuel for great hope! They are walking reminders that the cycle of pain can be broken and a marriage revolution for God's glory is possible with Christ!
President/Executive Director, Life Action Ministries
The words that come to mind when I think of this amazing couple and their story of a redeemed marriage are biblical, transparent, courageous, and compassionate. Gratefully, LeRoy has now transferred this personal story into the principles of this book for these very same words to ring true in the hearts of husbands and homes.
PAUL H. JIMENEZ
Sr. Pastor, Taylors First Baptist Church, Taylors, SC
Kimberly Wagner's Fierce Women was so impacting for the women of our church but one of the main questions we heard was, "Why can't there be a book like Fierce Women for our husbands, so they can grow in these areas as well?" Men Who Love Fierce Women is the book that we were waiting for. In it, LeRoy and Kimberly Wagner serve as faithful guides who take us on a journey through both Scripture and their personal struggles in order to equip us with practical help to find our way back to God's design for marriage.
JUAN & JEANINE SANCHEZ
High Pointe Baptist Church, Austin, TX