Over the past month I have been reading "True Woman 101Ã¢â¬Â³. It is written by Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss, two of my favorite authors. This book has been such a wonderful read- I learned so much and I hope to share a bit of that with you today.
"True Woman 101Ã¢â¬Â³ is not a book for anyone who wants to be politically correct or wants to go along and please the world. The teachings found in this book are very counter-cultural, but that is what I most appreciated about it. I loved how the authors went against the grain and dove right into God's Word for what they were going to be teaching.
Womanhood as God designed it to be is a glorious thing and this book tells just how amazing it is. Starting with the beginning of Genesis and walking through the Creation Story, we learn all about God's creation of male and female, and that there are indeed many, many differences between the genders. Then the authors talk about men- their purpose and why God created them, as well as how they are different than women. The chapter, "Sugar and Spice", goes into full detail about women- their make-up, purpose, and design. The next chapters tells about the battle of the sexes and how sin affected male-female relationships, how God designed marriage to be a picture of the relationship between Jesus Christ and the Church, as well as the differences between a wild woman and a wise woman. Many, many more things are covered in this book, but I just don't have the time to go into full detail.
This book was filled to the brim with Scripture, and every teaching and idea taught was backed up with Scripture. Womanhood, and manhood, was God's idea- each created with a distinct purpose and design, different from the other. This book contains a message that every woman, and man, needs to hear. If you are looking for a book about womanhood, with solid information found directly in the Bible, then you really need to read this book. I know that I will be referring back to this book often and am thankful that Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss were brave enough to go against the culture and share God's design for womanhood. This book will not disappoint!
**I received this book from Moody Publishers for an honest review.**
Women have certainly evolved over the last 50 years. Two generations have passed since mothers working outside the home were a novelty. Most women back then were dedicated to their husbands and children and home-making. They served their own clothes, cooked meals from scratch (microwaves had not been invented yet) and kept their homes spotless. When women entered the workforce and stayed after their children were born, our society changed. Women changed. Children were placed in daycare and older children became latchkey kids. The biblical view of womanhood slowly ended.
In recent years, women have come to realize that this switch has created trouble for future generations. Our homes lack order. Our children get into trouble. Husbands and wives are falling into temptation and are having open adulterous relationships. Our values and morals are disintegrating.
There has been a movement, ever so slowly, among Christian women, to return to our original calling as women; however, without the guidance from women who understand the biblical role of women we would likely return to what feels most comfortable.
Mary A. Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss have created an eight-week Bible study entitled "Divine Design" on biblical womanhood. What is most helpful is that Kassian and DeMoss through their reflective questions helps women identify attitudes whether they are based on the world's view or a biblical view and how to realign thought patterns to the way God would have us live our lives.
The book is beautiful. The pictures are colorful. I loved the feel and look of the book. The questions are pertinent to the topic and the study is relevant to the time we're living in. The eight-week study consists of five daily lessons that take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. They are thought-provoking and, at times, convicting.
"Divine Design" will help you reclaim your identity as the woman God created. The workbook goes along with a video series but can easily be completed without it. I have been a fan of Revive Our Hearts for many years. Nancy Leigh DeMoss has always encouraged me to become a woman after God's own heart.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from MP Press, as part of Moody Publishers' Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."