Sunday, March 10, 2013

Litfuse Review:The Gospel Centered Woman by:Wendy Alsup

About the Book:
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.

About the Author:

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. 

 My Review:
 I really enjoyed this book. The author starts in the beginning of the book describing exactly why God created  women and what our jobs consist of. We were created to be a help and support for our male counterparts. These counterparts may not be our spouse or significant other. They maybe our fathers, our brothers, our uncles or even our pastor. She then goes on to discuss the "fall of man" what it is and who and how its effects can be felt for generations. A quote from the book reads: " the painful truth has marred the image of God". And she goes on to say it doesn't just effect us as women but our male counterparts are equally effected also.

 In section 2 she goes on to say that after Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden and succumbed to the eating the forbidden fruit. it distorted our image of God that we were created to bear. So much so that many women instead of looking to God to satisfy the longings in their heart they look to men. And that satisfaction can only come from the One who created us.

My all time favorite chapter in the book is the one about Godliness with Contentment. For some time now I have been pondering this. And lately my husband has too. Why are we not content? Where did it go? Was it ever really there? How as a Christian am I able to walk in God's shadow or try my best to but be totally miserable with my life in general? We surely won't be able to get to the root of the problem today but in time with scripture and our intimate relationship with God and time alone with Him should be able to rediscover what we are missing.

**Disclosure** This book was provided to me at no charge for my honest review through Litfuse.

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