Monday, April 8, 2013

The Gospel Centered Woman by Wendy Alsup - REVIEWED

About the Book:

Understanding Biblical Womanhood through the Lens of the Gospel
Many Christian books written to women claim to present God's good instructions for their lives. Some expound on the value of marriage and children. Many extol the virtues of the Proverbs 31 wife. A good number teach the value of love, submission, and respect in Christian marriages. Though this book deals with these topics, The Gospel-Centered Woman addresses women from an entirely different perspective. The most important part of the Bible's instructions to women center around the gospel. Jesus' life, death, and resurrection brought about a seismic shift in our understanding of Scripture. After His resurrection, His disciples understood words written thousands of years before with a clarity they never had previously. The good news of Christ illuminates all other Scripture, including instructions to women. 
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My Thoughts:
God, Sovereign Lord of the Universe, is our helper, and we, as women, are created in His image.  If we hold on to the attitude that being a helper as God uses the word is condescending and substandard, we mock the name of God and His character.  The role of helper is one He willingly embraces.”  (p. 12)

Wendy Alsup begins in Genesis and teaches foundational truths about who we are in Christ.  She walks us through the reality of our daily lives, recognizing that we suffer the consequences of living in a fallen world, but realizing that we have all we need in Christ.  Truly, He has equipped us to face ever circumstance.  She says on p. 37, “We have a bridge between our godly longing and our fallen reality that sufficiently  equips us to deal with each struggle.  It is the gospel.”

Alsup carefully explains this truth with Scripture and shows everyone that, “…the same power that rose Christ from the dead is now the power supernaturally at work in us, equipping us to deal with these struggles and empowering us as we wait  for the fullness of Jesus’s kingdom…” (p. 45)  She walks readers into the truths found in many books of the Bible that clearly leads us to a fullness in Christ alone.

The book contains pages for note-taking as well as study questions for each chapter.  Once again, I’ve bled a highlighter dry marking important truths to ponder.  This is, in fact, another God-appointment in my life, and I am grateful to have been introduced to  Alsup’s bible study!  I highly recommend this book!

About the Author:
Wendy Alsup is a wife, mom, and math teacher. She is the author of "Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives" and "By His Wounds You are Healed: How the Message of Ephesians Transforms a Woman's Identity". 
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