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Book Review, “Is the Bible Good for Women?” Wendy Alsup author

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Is the Bible Good for Women? Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture, by Wendy Alsup, is an interesting book. It seeks to answer the question, “Is it possible to embrace the inherent dignity of womanhood while still cherishing the Bible?”

This book seeks to explore the understanding of the role of women according to the Bible. It addresses issues that many in society consider threatening and harmful to women today. Alsup explores many issues, such as: How does God view justice and equal rights for women? What does it mean to be made in the image of God? How have the centuries distorted our interpretation of how God views women? How did Jesus approach the Old Testament and how does that help us read difficult passages today? And what is the difference between a modern view of feminism and the feminism that Scripture models? The author presents specific tools for understanding the manner in which God speaks to and about women.

This is a thought-provoking book. It addresses many issues concerning women in society today verses the role of women in the Bible. I appreciate the author’s view that men and women are created differently and with differing roles in the church and society.

I would recommend this book to anyone wishing to explore women’s roles in the church, but suggest that one may want to look through it at a local bookstore before purchasing.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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Book Review, “The Sisters of Sugarcreek,” Cathy Liggett author

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The Sisters of Sugarcreek, by Cathy Liggett, is a very sweet novel. Set in Sugarcreek, Ohio, the story brings together three women who become friends in the wake of a tragedy.

Lydia Gruber has just lost her husband, who died helping fight the fire that burned down a local church. Not sure how long she will survive on the money from the sale of her husband’s possessions, she heads to town to find a job. Jessica Holtz has lost her aunt Rose in the same fire. Trying desperately to keep open her aunt’s knitting and quilting shop but knowing very little about either one, she hires Lydia to help. Liz Cannon, Rose’s best friend, recruits both women to assist her with the Secret Stitches Society, which she and Rose began to deliver anonymous gifts to suffering people.  The three begin to form a friendship that helps them through the suffering and uncertainty ahead.

I enjoyed this book. The three women’s friendship is a relationship that most women would love to have. I thought it unrealistic that the Amish and English in the story would mingle so readily, as the Amish tend to keep mainly to themselves. However, the story was easy to follow and very charming.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Amish Fiction.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

 

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Book Review, “NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women,” Zondervan publishers

niv real life devotional Bible coverThe NIV Real-Life Devotional Bible for Women, published by Zondervan, is a wonderful tool for any Christian woman. Its cover is beautiful sea glass and Caribbean blue Italian duo-tone, with a matching ribbon bookmark.

This Bible features the clarity of the New International Version that is easy to understand. It also includes 366 daily devotions from the women of Proverbs 31 Ministries to “inspire you to live authentically as a woman of God.” There are author biographies, an index of devotions by author, a topical index, and a table of weights and measures in the back to assist the reader.

While I found this a lovely Bible, I was disappointed that the words of Jesus are not written in red letters. Also, the print is very small, making it difficult for some to see properly. Even so, I would recommend this Bible to any woman as a tool to aid in her Christian walk, or to those looking for a gift for a woman in their lives.

Kara

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Book Review, “The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace,” Ann Spangler author

The One Year Devotions for Women coverThe One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace, by Ann Spangler, is an inspiring devotional.  It begins with a definition: “Shalom.  One of the most important Hebrew words in the Bible, shalom coveys the idea of peace, tranquility, satisfaction, success, prosperity, healing, completeness, safety, well-being, and good relationships among people and nations. Rich and multifaceted, shalom sums up all the blessings God gives to those he loves.”  Spangler also shares with the readers that she was not sure she wanted to even attempt to write an entire year’s devotions on the subject of peace, but ended up having much more to share on the subject than she originally thought.

Each day’s devotion begins with a Bible verse.  Then each includes a short devotion and ends with a prayer or prayer starter.  Busy women, trying to run households, work, volunteer, and much more, will appreciate these short but powerful devotions.  Peace is a topic that certainly applies to all and is impossible to obtain on our own.  Spangler reminds us that God wishes to bring all of us immeasurable peace, if we will just take the time to spend a few moments with Him.

I recommend this book for all busy women who could use a little more peace in their lives.

Kara

I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.

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