Monday, April 29, 2013

The Gospel Centered Woman

The Gospel Centered Woman -- Understanding Biblical Womanhood through the Lens of the Gospel
Wendy Alsup

This book is heavier on theology than most Women's Bible studies, and I liked that. Wendy goes into depth on the passages she has selected and she uses scripture to justify her perspectives. this would be a great study for women who want to go beyond the 'fluff' of studies that make you feel good and really dive deep into what the Bible says about being a woman.

I love that Wendy uses Jesus as the role model we should aspire to instead of the typical Biblical women (Ruth, Esther, etc.) or the ever difficult Proverbs 31 woman. She clearly shows that these women have important lessons for us to learn, but that our true example should be Christ.

I also appreciated Wendy's focus on ALL women, not just those who are married and have children. While I fall into that category, I have several friends who are single or who are unable to have children, and they are often ignored in women's studies, which just hurts them more if those are things they desire.

This would be a great small group study for women who are seeking to truly understand the Biblical role of women in today's world.

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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 

Thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing a copy of the book for this review.

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