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(CNN) – “Full House” star Candace Cameron Bure has written a book that is sure to get women talking — though perhaps not in the way she anticipated.

“Balancing It All: My Story of Juggling Priorities and Purpose,” is all about her life as a working wife and mom. But she also includes some information about her marriage to professional hockey player Val Bure. The couple has been married for 17 years and have three children.

“I am not a passive person, but I chose to fall into a more submissive role in our relationship because I wanted to do everything in my power to make my marriage and family work,” the actress writes in her book.

During a recent interview with The Huffington Post, Cameron Bure explained what she meant.

“The definition I’m using with the word ‘submissive’ is the Biblical definition of that,” she said. “So, it is meekness, it is not weakness. It is strength under control, it is bridled strength.”

“And, listen, I love that my man is a leader,” she said. “I want him to lead and be the head of our family. And those major decisions do fall on him. … It doesn’t mean I don’t voice my opinion. It doesn’t mean I don’t have an opinion. I absolutely do, but it is very difficult to have two heads of authority.”

“In my marriage we are equal … in our importance, but we are just different in our performances within our marriage,” she said.

The actress/author is still remembered for her role as playing D.J. Tanner on “Full House” and continues to work, most recently on the Hallmark Channel’s movie “Let It Snow.”

Her family is no stranger to controversy. Her brother, “Growing Pains” star Kirk Cameron was criticized in 2012 for comments he made about gay marriage to CNN’s Piers Morgan. Cameron Bure sought to explain that she does not consider her role as a wife to be less than that of her husband’s in their relationship.

As for a possible “Full House” reunion Cameron Bure told The Huffington Post that fans of the show “would love to see that happen, so who knows?”

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  • Seriously

    I think that is a good system, if her “man is a leader.” The problem is too many men are not leaders. They are completely emasculated. The key is a man that leads and wants the best for his family, not himself.

    I agree that this is a non-story. What ever happened to covering the news? Why has WHNT ignored major news stories affecting EMS companies?

    • Michael Kewl

      The News Media has become more than 50%+ “opinion” stories now and NOT actual reports on news events…sort of like a “e-Readers Digest” of old where the media is transforming into an politically driven agenda of thier corporate owners…

    • WHNT (@whnt)

      To all, we posted the story because people are talking about it. We post all kinds of news – some you may be interested in, some you may not. This is just one story on our website.

      I assure you, we cover plenty of local news. That’s the majority of what you’ll see.

      To Seriously – would you please be more specific on what you say we are ignoring about EMS companies? If there is a story we should know about, please make sure we are aware of it. Sometimes we just need to hear what the story is and we can check into the matter.

      We did air this story recently about Decatur EMS workers receiving paychecks that continually bounce:

      If there is something else we should be checking on, please email it to

      Thank you.

  • skillpot

    Remember, Candace Cameron Bure, and all women, God created a Lady out on Man, but Eve chose to become a Woman (a and Underminder of Man), which led Adam to become a Mouse-of-the-House! It is the woman who does not know how to control the flapping tongue that gets her in trouble with the Man, and the Mouse-of-th-house!

  • Kayla england

    I really appreciate WHNT for sharing this. To me this is news worthy!! God’s been taken out of too many places in America. It’s gotten so badder businesses can’t even say Merry Christmas. Their too afraid of offending someone. God is the number reason why we are here alive and breathing he also put us on this earth to serve him until the end of our days. What Candace is doing is wonderful. I think everyone men and women should read this but not take it out of context. Read this book and your bible and you will understand 100%. So thank you Candace Cameron Burr and WHNT for sharing. Maybe this will help many marriages now and in the future! May God bless you in this new year! :)

    • Wake Up

      I remember a time when people said it was ungodly to keep your maiden names. I remember all the bible people beating up on Hillary Clinton when she went by Hillary Rodham Clinton! Now, people are celebrating this women as Godly when she also us keeping her maiden name! As always, hypocrites!

  • Ladybug

    I agree that this is not newsworthy neither is it trending in any other news media outlet. I believe some news companies and those who work there put news articles out there to provoke a reaction and start another useless debate. This is probably more personal to someone at WHNT than we know. NEXT.

  • Ronnie

    Only in America would a 17 year marriage based on biblical principles be controvesial, yet a one month Hollywood marriage is considered normal and even celebrated. Awesome WHNT, way to cover the news.

  • Phyllis

    Thank you WHNT! I love to see stories on TRUTH! Most women now have been raised to be strong, independent women. This is great but the way God set it up is man is head of the household. This means, in God’s sight, man is responsible for what is and isn’t allowed in household. Therefore, when a female submits to this covering, it is a place of rest and peace for her. I am still strong and independent but can rest and be at peace because my heart is watched over and cared for.

    • Wake Up

      Phyllis, you stated that, ” Most women now have been raised to be strong, independent women. This is great but the way God set it up is man is head of the household.” How can it be great that we have strong independent women but also say that is is Godly for the man to be the head of the household? What type of logic are you using with such a contradictory statement?

  • Karinttt

    The operative word here is that she has “chosen” to let her man lead the family unit. She wasn’t beaten into submission. And, while I just couldn’t do the same, if that’s her choice and it works for her and her family, then congratulations! Truly, I’m happy for them as we all should be. As far as a “story” here, there are hundreds upon hundreds of stories published by the media every day. Not all these stories have blood, guts, rapes, murders, terrorists, glory, crime and politics as their center. If you don’t like fluff stories, there are certainly a few hundred that might more suit your tastes. Go read those and leave the others to those of us who chose to read these type of stories. But, I’ve got to wonder that you’re reading them if you don’t like them, and then you’re commenting on them. Isn’t that a “waste” of your time?

  • Yvette Coleman

    In order for someone to JUDGE her for this choice that is completely HER choice and belief in God, you would need to understand the Word (the Bible). Without this understanding you fail to understand the reason and feeling in which she makes this choice. It is in NO way undermining her as a woman…it is letting the “family” have order.

    A child star grows up and becomes a BEAUTIFUL soul and SHE’S the weird one…yet we have girls like Miley Cyrus who end up on the cover of magazines everywhere!! Wow…who’s priorities are screwed up here!!??

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