About The Gospel-Centered Woman: Understanding Biblical Womanhood through the Lens of the Gospel
Many Christian books written to women claim to present God's good instructions for their lives. Some expound on the value of marriage and children. Many extol the virtues of the Proverbs 31 wife. A good number teach the value of love, submission, and respect in Christian marriages. Though this book deals with these topics, The Gospel-Centered Woman addresses women from an entirely different perspective. The most important part of the Bible's instructions to women center around the gospel. Jesus' life, death, and resurrection brought about a seismic shift in our understanding of Scripture. After His resurrection, His disciples understood words written thousands of years before with a clarity they never had previously. The good news of Christ illuminates all other Scripture, including instructions to women.
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Wendy Alsup is a wife, mom, and math teacher. She is the author of "Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives" and "By His Wounds You are Healed: How the Message of Ephesians Transforms a Woman's Identity."
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Margie's Comments: The Gospel-Centered Woman by Wendy Alsup is an insightful look into true scriptural womanhood, not just the ideal so many want to hold up before us, but God's picture of what He created woman to be. I appreciate the author's dealing of this potentially touchy subject in today's world. She takes us to the very beginning and reminds us that we have been created in God's image for a specific purpose: Just as God is our helper in time of need, so are we to be to those He places in our lives, particularly to our husbands. Once we have learned that our identity comes from Jesus alone, we can move forward into learning from the examples the Lord gives us through Scripture. I appreciate the strong emphasis on Scripture, the logical manner in which the author presents her "arguments," and the room for reflection at the end of each chapter where the reader can journal her thoughts and/or prayers. At the end of the book are discussion questions to use in a small group setting or for the reader's personal meditation on the content of each chapter. I highly recommend this easy-to-read and comprehend study for women of any age and status. It will clear up many misconceptions our "post-modern" world has about the "proper" Christian woman, starting with the heart and moving to the externals.
[This book was provided to me free of charge through Litfuse Publicity for purposes of review.]