Sunday, September 10, 2006

"Feminine Appeal"

One of the things that we would like to do on our blog is to recommend some good books on Biblical Womanhood. I've recently read a fantastic book on such a subject, Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother by Carolyn Mahaney. This book provides a biblical, practical, honest and challenging read on biblical womanhood, one that I have found invaluable in my journey as a wife and mother. "Feminine Appeal" has been described as "Titus 2 at work" providing in book form the very role of a mentor that Carolyn exhorts the older women in the church to be to the younger. But I'll let the book do the talking and I hope the following excerpts wet your appetite to read more...

Carolyn on "The Mentoring Mandate"

"The seven feminine virtues listed in Titus 2 are prefaced with a clear call to action for older women: 'Teach what is good, and so train the younger women.' I longed for this kind of help and instruction in my early years of marriage and motherhood. I earnestly desired to have a more experienced, godly woman to whom I could go for advice."

"Our Titus 2 passage exhorts older women to provide this kind of assistance for younger women. If you are an older woman, may I appeal to you to take up this challenge? Young women are in dire need of your training and instruction. To function in this role you need not have the gift of teaching or be a theological expert; it simply requires you to possess proven character . The years have brought you much knowledge and insight, and you have a significant roleinthe church. You have discovered secrets of godly wisdom in relation to husbands, children, and the home that could save younger women a lot of unnecessary trouble and concern."

Carolyn on "The Grand Purpose"

"Now there are many Christian women who agree with and adhere to the virtues listed in Titus 2, but are unaware of the ultimate purpose of these practical applications. These women are avid proponents of society's need to return to "traditional values;" yet that is not what this passage is advocating....On the other hand, there are Christian women who reject some of these virtues because they regard them as restrictive and outdated. They single out "working at home" and "submissive to their own husbands" are purely cultural requirements that are not applicable in modern society. However, that idea is erroneous. This passage remains authoritative and relevant for women today."

"The commands found in Titus 2 have been given to us for an all-important reason that transcends time and culture. That reason is the gospel of Jesus Christ. These virtues are not about our personal fulfillment or individual preference. They are required for the sake of unbelievers." (Titus 2:5, 8 &10)

Carolyn on "Feminine Appeal"

"The seven feminine virtues we will consider...point to the transforming effect of the gospel in the lives of women... Can you conceive anything that sets forth the beauty of the gospel jewel more brilliantly than the godly behaviour of those who have recieved it? Consider the loveliness of a woman who passionately adores her husband, who tenderly cherishes her children, who creates a warmand peaceful home, who exemplifies purity, self-control, and kindness in her character and who gladly submits to her husband's leadership - for all that days God grants her life."

I hope these glimpses into "Feminine Appeal" have sparked your interest and encouraged you to read more...

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