Monday, July 19, 2010

Daddy Delight by Karia Bunting - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from Moody Publisher)

In Daddy's Delight, Karia Bunting reminds women that they are God's workmanship, His masterpiece, His "poema". That God has intricately woven together every fiber of their being and created each one special and unique. That God, having completed His work of art, gave her to mankind as a gift.

Evident in this great care God took in fashioning woman is the importance and value of each one. So why do so many women struggle with God's design, wishing they could change just this or that one thing about themselves?

Bunting challenges each reader to accept and embrace the fact that, in whatever season of life, she is God's masterpiece-not her own work of art. When God sees her, He sees His beautiful creation. A creation that yes, has some wrinkles needing to be smoothed out and yet, is one in whom is His delight to love to perfection.

My Thoughts:

“Only the Word of God is truth – it is dependable and trustworthy – and it never changes.” (p.19)

Dr. Karia Bunting’s book, Daddy’s Delight, explores God’s unique design for women through the filter of God’s Word. She does this candidly and with a warmth that will draw you into her book, and after just a few pages you will feel like you have had a wonderful visit with a close friend. Bunting understands and revels in the loving way God builds and maintains relationship with women, and no matter what stage or age you are in life, no matter your circumstance, Daddy’s Delight has a word for you from you Heavenly Father that will encourage and inspire you to embrace your unique role as a woman in God’s creation.

Bunting understands that there are challenges that are unique to women because of their gender. She discusses God’s design for women in the context of being young, married, un-married, new mothers, caring for aging parents…you name it, she addresses it…and all within the straightforward context of God’s Word. I admire the fact that she is so bluntly honest about the fact that women sometimes face unhappy and uncomfortable circumstances at different points in their lives. Yet she encourages everyone to run to the source of strength and guidance - God and His Holy Word. She encourages women to embrace their role as wives and mothers, and challenges them to find friendships and fellowship that will strengthen them emotionally and spiritually. No matter what is going on at any stage or phase of your life, God has both a plan and a purpose that He will equip you and strengthen you to fulfill.

Most of all, Bunting encourages women to realize that God delights in His creation, and that He has created women with a unique and wonderful role to fulfill. She encourages women to embrace their unique design and enjoy their relationship with their Heavenly Father. I want to close with a passage that reflects the intimacy of Bunting’s message: “Every morning, His loving-kindness wakes you up. He whispers, ‘I love you’ and you quickly respond, ‘I love you, too, Daddy.’ The Spirit of God then reminds you, ‘I’m going to take care of you today. Don’t worry about anything.’ You smile and say, ‘Okay, Dad. I won’t.’ Then He says, ‘Now, go get ‘em, girl!’ Before you arise from your bed, God has already equipped you with Grace and mercy. You have a new day and a new chance to be all He has called you to be.” (p. 26-27)

I am happy to recommend Daddy’s Delight to all women, and I appreciate the opportunity I have been given to read this book. My thanks to Moody Publishers for sending me a copy for review.

About the Author:

KARIA BUNTING (Dallas Theological Seminary; Louisiana Baptist Theological Seminary; University of Texas) is an expository Bible teacher and the founder of Focused Forward Ministries. She currently serves as an adjunct professor at Dallas Baptist University and teaches a weekly Bible study at her church, Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship. Karia and her husband, George, live in Dallas and have three children.

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