Book Review: Biblical Womanhood in the Home

This was a book written in response to the feminist movement that started in the 90’s. It is a compilation of a few different authors (Carolyn Mahaney, Mary A. Kassian, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, P. Bunny Wilson, Barbara Hughes, Susan Hunt and Dorothy Kelley Patterson). It goes through the Scriptures and defends the position of women through a biblical viewpoint. What was the role God created women for? Are men and women equal and what does that look like biblically? What does biblical submission look like? What does it look like for a woman to be a homemaker? These are all questions that this book addresses. I found it informative and encouraging and definitely helped set my little understanding of biblical womanhood a little more in the right direction… and that direction being God’s original created plan for woman, as opposed to the latest thoughts and opinions of society as far as how a woman fits into the pattern of the world for today. Here are some of my favorite passages to sum up parts of the book:

 “The feminist revolution was supposed to bring women greater fulfillment and freedom… but we see… women who are drowning in the quagmire of serial divorce and remarriage and wayward children; women who are utterly exhausted from the demands of trying to juggle one or more jobs, function as single parents, and be active at church; women who are disoriented and confused, who lack a sense of mission, vision, and purpose for their lives and who are perpetually, pathetically shrouded in woundedness, self-doubt, resentment, and guilt.” p.15

 “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.” Genesis 1:27

 “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18

 “The important point here is that God created us, and being the creation of God determines everything for us as women. We don’t look to our culture to find our feminine identity; we don’t consult our feelings to discover our purpose. Everything that we are and everything that we do must be rooted in God.” p.23

 “One of our greatest needs as women is to become women of the Word, so that our prayers, our responses, and our words are saturated with God’s way of thinking. The world does not need to hear our opinions… we must make a priority of spending time daily in the Scripture – reading, studying, memorizing, meditating, personalizing, and praying it back to God – letting Him teach us His ways.” p.73

 “The feminist movement has done so successfully is to stir up discontent in women with being homemakers and to convince them that other pursuits can increase their sense of self-worth… Fueling discontent and pushing women out of their homes in search of greater meaning and satisfaction has resulted in off-the-chart stress levels for many women who can no longer survive without pills and therapists.” p. 91

 ” She was loud and rebellious, Her feet would not stay at home.” Proverbs 7:11-12 Referring to a foolish woman.

 “Submission in marriage must be with the same loving wholeheartedness with which we submit to the Lord… agreeing with God that His beautiful ordered plan is worth obeying and the mystery worth preserving.” p.123

 “But what if your… husband makes a decision that is clearly a poor one?… When we operate according tot he principle of submission, mistakes become blessings. Faith recognizes that God can make a straight line with a crooked stick.” p.140

 “Our daughters will be products of their theology. Their knowledge – or lack of knowledge – of who God is and what He has done for them will show up in every attitude, action, and relationship… their value and identity lie in the fact that they are image-bearers of the God of glory… their overarching purpose in life is God’s glory… The world will tempt our daughters to look to their feelings and experiences as their authority, but we must show and tell them that God’s Word in the ultimate authority for faith and life.” p. 150

 “Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.” Titus 2:3-5

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