Thursday, March 28, 2013

Book Review - The Gospel Centered Woman


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. 


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". 
Find out more about Wendy at 
Like many Christian women, I'm always striving to have my life centered in the Lord. It's not always easy to know how to do this, but with this book, you're going to have a greater understanding of what that looks like.
The thing about this book that is unlike any other I've ever read on Biblical womanhood is how she starts off showing how the fall affected us as women. How our relationship was forever changed and our vision of God altered from what He intended. 
This book is packed with Biblical truth. Wendy doesn't give her opinion, she gives the Lord's truth throughout the book. She actually writes the Scriptures out in the book, like you would see them in the Bible, which is really helpful. Everything is centered around the Word of God. 
She doesn't say we should all be cookie-cutter women, either! In her chapter on "Wisdom from Proverbs 31" she states something that has stuck with me. "If I were to summarize the benefit of Proverb's description of the virtuous wife, I would say she is a picture of wisdom of action in her home. The wise wife is for her husband and for her children." In other words, we need to do and minister to our family in a way that works for them! 
The book always leads us back to Christ and how our relationship with Him gives us a whole new identity. We can have different roles in our life, but our identity is in Christ no matter what season we are in. She points us to the Scriptures to help us understand our identity and have confidence because we do believe in Jesus. 

This book would make a great Bible study for a small group. There are discussion questions at the end of the book and lined pages at the end of each chapter for taking notes. 

This is a wonderful book and I think you'll enjoy and learn so much from it, too.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity Group

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Blessings - Julie

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing...and I love that, that we minister the way our family needs it...and each family is different what works for one doesn't for another! thanks again
    Thanks for stopping by my blog is a busy season of up hills and low valleys all at once...LOL


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