Wednesday, April 3, 2013
THE GOSPEL CENTERED WOMAN By Wendy Alsup
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.
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 www.theologyforwomen.org.
I am always looking for a good bible study and one in particular that speaks to me, as a woman. So when I had the opportunity to review this particular study, I think I was the first one to say, "Sign me up!"
Wendy Alsup has a wonderful way of writing that doesn't just get her point across but, speaks to the heart of her audience, women. She obviously has a love for her Savior and His Word, because it comes through from page one to the last.
I appreciate her ability to apply tough theological questions that women have wrestled with throughout the ages, to the light of the gospel. Or perhaps I should say, her ability to shine the light of the gospel to those tough theological questions opens up many locked doors that women have been shut behind.
This study was not just refreshing but one that brought about a change in myself in how I view my own position in the kingdom of God, as His daughter and bride. Life is messy and trials and heartbreaks do occur; and maybe I may not be the Proverbs wife as I was first taught so many years ago in church. However, after going through this study I discovered is not what I do or don't do, or how much I struggle to be the "perfect woman," resting in my Savior and His grace, which covers all, I am centered in Him.
This is a study I would recommend for any woman, or man in that matter, who desires to gain a better understanding of what it means to be gospel-centered.
Litfuse Publicity Group provided me with a free copy of this book in order to write this review.