Wednesday, April 09, 2008
When I was put on bed rest right before I had Owen, I received a special package in the mail from Alicia. If you are a faithful reader of Alicia's blog you have undoubtedly noticed what a sweet, godly, woman she is. She is one of the few people my age who I believe is a Proverbs 31 woman. She loves her husband and children and is the keeper of her home.
Included in the package she sent me was this book, Biblical Womanhood in the Home, edited by one of my favorite authors, Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Because I had Owen just a few days after being put on bed rest, it took me a few months to finally read the book. While on vacation a couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to read it cover to cover.
The contributors were Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Barbara Hughes, Susan Hunt, Mary Kassian, Carolyn Mahaney, Dorothy Kelley Patterson, and P. Bunny Wilson. Femininity, true beauty, foolish women, a wife's responsibility, and mothering are some of the great topics in this book. The church, I am afraid, has lost the proper perspective of what true, Biblical, femininity looks like. We have bought into our culture's ideas and philosophy regarding the role of women. I think it is important that Christian women purposely seek to gain the right perspective. Unfortunately, most churches are not addressing this issue. Reading books such as this one will be helpful.
The chapter that impressed me the most was chapter 11. Here, Susan Hunt explains a mentoring program that can, and really should be, a part of every local church. We know that Titus 2 instructs the older women to teach the younger women, but that is not commonly done in a purposeful way. If you believe God is calling you or your church to start a Titus 2 Ministry program, you may be interested in Susan Hunt's book, The Titus 2 Mandate for Women Mentoring Women.
As I mentioned in the beginning of this post, Nancy Leigh DeMoss is one of my favorite writers. Although she has never been married and has no children, I love reading what she has to say about being a wife and a mother because she teaches from the Word of God. If you have never read her book Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, you MUST get your hands on a copy. I posted about it a couple of years ago. Click here to get an idea what the book is about.
Thank you, Alicia for recommending such a great book. I now encourage the women reading this post to read it as well.