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52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands
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Release Date: February 2012
Page Count: 176
Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Binding: Perfectbound
ISBN: 978-0-7369-4471-7
Case Lot Quantity: 68

52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands

What Husbands Can Do to Build a Stronger Marriage

Many wives long to have their husbands choose them all over again. To be their knight in shining armor. Their leader. Their listener. Their lover.

In 52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands, Jay Payleitner, veteran radio producer and author of 52 Things Kids Need from a Dad, offers a bounty of welcome advice, such as

  • “Stir her pots”
  • “Buy sparkly gifts”
  • “Be the handyman”
  • “Stay married”
  • “Kiss her in the kitchen”
  • “Leave your mommy”
  • “Put her second”

A great gift or men’s group resource, 52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands provides a full year’s worth of advice. And no chapter will make husbands feel guilty or criticize them for acting like men!

For the husband who wants to live God’s plan for his marriage, this book will put him on the right track.

Meet the author

Jay Payleitner

Jay Payleitner

Jay Payleitner is one of the top freelance Christian radio producers in the United States. He has worked on Josh McDowell Radio, Today's Father, Jesus Freaks Radio for the Voice of the Martyrs, Project Angel Tree with Chuck Colson, and many others. He’s also a popular speaker on parenting and marriage and the...

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A Word from the Author

“Remember that girl you married? The one who taught you how to love in brand new ways? Romantic love. Crazy love. Committed love. Whatever happened to her? Where did she go? Gentlemen, she’s living in the same house, sitting at your dinner table and sharing your bed. And she’s asking the same question, ‘Where did that boy go?’ Guys, if you take what you already know—add a few fresh ideas—your marriage can be filled with more love, laughter, intimacy and soul-satisfaction than you can imagine. And, yes, wives have permission to buy this book for their man.”
Jay Payleitner, author of 52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands

Editorial Reviews

“I am a single man, but I found this book very enlightening, encouraging and educational…There are some serious chapters, but there is a lot of good natured humor throughout. It accentuates positive over negative, and doesn't insult or degrade, but encourages and supports.”

“Unlike some ‘other’ marriage books, this one isn’t shame-based telling you why your wife is a saint and why every problem in your marriage is your fault… Payleitner also has a good sense of humor, which can take the bite out of some of the more difficult lessons.”

“This book is a must for all husbands to read...Each chapter is brief and to the point and the lessons are practical enough to not overwhelm.”

52 Things Wives Need From Their Husbands by Jay Payleitner is a must read for wives so they can pass it on to their spouses!”
—Five Star Book Reviews

52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands is a choice read for any Christian husband who wants to keep joy in marriage.”
The Midwest Book Review

I love this book, not only for its profound content, but also for its concise writing.”

“This book is a great resource for any man, even one who is not yet married. The author is engaging and humorous. And he was written a work that is applicable to the lives of many!”

“What a wonderful book about marriage! Jay Payleitner is a new author for me and, after reading this book, I am impressed with his writing style. His words come easily yet they are challenging and full of truth…52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands is insightful, thoughtful, well-written and a perfect reference book for both wives and husbands.”

“[Jay] is a new author to me, but after reading this book, I will be reading more of his books…Straightforward, funny and honest, a great wedding gift idea or shower gift. I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.”

“Written directly to husbands, the author presents the information in a non-threatening, ‘guy friendly’ manner, which wives will appreciate.”

“This is a book that all married men, soon to be married men, and hope to eventually get married men could stand to read… My nineteen year old son, who falls in the ‘hope to eventually get married’ category, asked if he could read this book when I finish. I think when he finishes, it’ll go into the family library. This is an invaluable resource for men everywhere, from nineteen to ninety. Buy it. Seriously.”

“I highly recommend this book to married and single men alike. This book conveys a refreshing outlook on marriage...”


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“Wives watch out. You are about to be loved, cherished, and surprised!”
Josh McDowell, international speaker and author of The Unshakable Truth, Evidence for the Historical Jesus, and Evidence That Demands a Verdict

“Don’t wince, guys! You’re going to love this book! It’s biblical, fun, wise, and refreshing, and when your wife ‘rises up and calls you blessed,’ you’ll owe Jay Payleitner for having written it. This is a book every father and husband ought to read, underline, and live. Get it and you’ll thank me for having told you about it.”
Steve Brown, popular author, seminary professor, and radio teacher on Key Life

“Are you taking your wife for granted? That girl you married needs you! And you need her! When a husband and wife seek and find God together it strengthens families, communities, the church, and the nation. Jay’s book is a timely reminder for men that marriage is an awesome gift from God.”
Darrel Billups, executive director of the National Coalition of Ministries to Men (NCMM)

“Every man needs what this book’s got! Practical, simple ideas on how to love your wife. Give it a try!”
Dan Seaborn, president of Winning at Home

“Jay’s new book, 52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands, is a real treasure. It’s a realistic (and humorous) look at married life and how husbands can use their strengths to celebrate and lift up their wives. I wish I’d had this book years ago—it would have saved me a lot of apologizing!”
Rick Johnson, bestselling author of Becoming Your Spouse’s Better Half and Better Dads, Stronger Sons

“Just this morning I was asking the Lord to show me how to love my wife better! Then Jay Payleitner’s book, 52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands arrived in the mail! Now I am all set for the coming year—52 weeks—52 things I can do! One for every week!”
Bob Tiede, director of Global Operations Leadership Development, Campus Crusade for Christ International

“Jay Payleitner provides men with what we all desperately need—tribal knowledge that gets us more wins and respect from our wives. 52 Things Wives Need from Their Husbands is brilliant—bite size intel that packs a massive punch if you follow through. He kills it!”
Kenny Luck, men’s pastor, Saddleback Church, author of the Every Man Bible Studies Series

“I wished I had this book 43 years ago. This book is difficult to put down once you start reading. The author's humor and straightforwardness of these 52 ‘things’ have given me many good ideas on how to improve my marriage. I am giving a copy of this book to my son and my son-in-law. Not only do I expect them to read it, but also hand it down to their sons, my grandsons.”
Wayne Sneed, Illinois Fatherhood Initiative

“Jay Payleitner doesn't talk down to you. He’s just a regular guy with some useful experience you can learn from. You'll be able to relate to the experiences he shares, and laugh and learn along with him. This is the kind of book that's easy to pick up, easy to start reading, but you might not set it down until you're done with it. I recommend it. You'll feel empowered and more confident in your marriage when you're done. Chances are you'll also like the reaction you get from your wife.”
James Read, creative director, Grizzard Communications Group

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