Posted by: hugapoohlouise | April 11, 2013

The Gospel Centered Woman by Wendy Alsup – Book Review

Does Proverbs 31 women and other verses within God’s Word leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth?  Do you struggle with being the woman God created you to be?  Read on to discover The Gospel Centered Woman by Wendy Alsup.

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The Gospel Centered Woman by Wendy Alsup – Litfuse Publicity allowed me to be part of their blog tour of Wendy Alsup’s new book.  I received one copy of “he Gospel Centered Woman to read and review.  I received no compensation for this review.  The opinions expressed within this review are my own based solely on my reading and writing a review of the above-referenced book.

Do you struggle with understanding the Biblical role of woman in the Scripture.  Have you lived under condemnation and incorrect teaching for so long that you’ve thrown your hands up in the air and gave up trying?  Then this quick, inspiring Bible-based read is for you.

Wendy Alsup is a wife, mom and former math teacher.  She is the author of “Practical Theology for Women:  How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives”  and a few other books.  You can find her at www.theologyforwomen.org.  Wendy invites us to explore with her what God created women to be as image bearers of Himself and how Christ made a way for us to embrace anew our legacy as daughters of God.

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I loved that each chapter of the book was broken down into sections, so each part of this inspiring book is quick, easy to read.  At the end of each Section there is a place called Sections for reflections so you can write down notes or journal your thoughts.  At the end of this well-written book there are Discussion Questions for each Chapter.

Section I of The Gospel Centered Woman is titled Created in God’s image.  We were created in God’s image.  But do you struggle with this identity in your own life?  Then jump in this book to discover what the Bible says about women being the image bearers of God.  Gen. 1:26-28.  Wendy asks us as we read through the first section, “What image are you bearing?”  Have you been thoroughly confused due to different versions of the Proverbs 31 woman or incorrect teaching?  Let’s search the Scripture together and discover exactly what God intends for us to bear as His image bearers.

Let’s look to Jesus as our first example of God’s image bearer.  I love this quote from page 3 of The Gospel Centered Woman – “But woman also need to understand how the gospel equips them to deal with the vast gulf between what God declares to be His good plan for them and the reality of their daily lives”

Overall, I love this book it was short, concise, yet allows you to return again and again to dig deeper into God’s Word to discover The Gospel Centered Woman.  What makes this book so easy to read is that the author shares the Scriptural references within the written text.  So you are able to use your translation of the Bible to look up the verses and do a deeper dig.  The author also defines certain Hebrew and Greek words that she is using and she also backs up with additional Scripture using these words in the same tense.

What I did not like about the book were the words that the author used in some contexts.  Words like chimera that were not easily defined and even harder to understand.  You have to stop reading and look these words up in regular not Biblical dictionaries and then you still could not find the correlation to the text.  I think I only came across three such words that really did not help me understand what the author was trying to convey.

But don’t take my word for it, read what others have to say about The Gospel Centered Woman by clicking HERE.

Until Next Time,

M

Disclosure of Material Provided:  I received a copy of this book from the Litfuse Publicity Group for review purposes. I was not compensated for this review, nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.  So please enjoy.

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