As editor Nancy Leigh DeMoss says in the introduction to this book, Becoming God’s True Woman, she doesn’t relish the fact that she’s writing/editing an un-politically correct book. She admits that feels weary of going against the culture and it can be hard to say things that people frequently don’t seem to want to hear. Yet she feels like a book like this is necessary and so she is following her convictions and participating in putting this project together. Published by Crossway Books, Becoming God’s True Woman discusses what it means to be a godly woman (as the title would suggest).
DeMoss notes that today’s society is more apt to pay attention to women who succeed at business, national politics and what things would be noted as cultural accomplishments. DeMoss is bothered by the fact that the media (and the culture at large) fails to recognize the importance of being a homemaker, choosing to ignore the vital role that women play in nurturing and raising families. DeMoss feels like homemakers are receiving the short end of the stick and are not valued for the great role that they play in the world.
Although this book focuses heavily on the idea that women are called to build and do great things within their home, there is also frequent discussion over the fact that not all women are married or are in the same family position and therefore the truths that they present in this book would be applied in differing ways. They take special note most often of the differences between a single woman and a married women but still stress the point that we are called to a high standard of living – to truly become the best that we can be. It is an inspirational message as well as motivational one.
Not all people will agree with the contributors core arguments but they are still valid arguments and worthy of consideration. I gleaned from this book and find it to be a credit to the modern woman. The writers involved with this book (Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Susan Hunt, and Carolyn Mahaney, among others) write with frank honesty and appeal. They draw their readers in and explain their points well making this book a good study in femininity and what it means to be a woman. I appreciated their approach to this sensitive topic and welcomed their “fresh” approach to an old standard or opinion, if you will.
If you enjoy studying about women’s movements and the role women play in the culture today, this book is a don’t miss!
Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books regularly at Reading to Know.