Practical Theology for Women by Wendy Horger Alsup

Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily LivesPractical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives by Wendy Horger Alsup
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a passion and love for theology. However, I often feel that I am in the minority in my desire to study more about God. In this book, the author addresses the need for every Christian to know theology, as it has practical implications for our daily lives. Geared toward women, the truths still apply for all Christians. She gives examples from her own life of trials that she and her husband faced that having a knowledge of Who God is was extremely important to help them get through these struggles. We cannot trust someone that we do not know. In order to better trust God through the trials and blessings of life, we need to know Who He is.

The book gives some of the basic information regarding the attributes of God, looking at each Person in the Trinity: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Then it focuses on how we develop this relationship with God, through prayer and study of His Word. Throughout the book, the author continues to point out the practicality of knowing these things about God and His Word in order to better live our lives. Growing in our knowledge of God helps us to grow in our Christian lives to better reflect Christ to those around us. Throughout the book, Scripture is quoted over and over again to show Who God is and the importance of knowing Him, not just about Him, but having a relationship with Him. And we learn Who He is through His Word that He has given us. All we need to know about God can be found in the Bible.

A practical book for Christians to remind us the importance of knowing God and having a correct theology of Him in order to better live a life of faith. We have a theology whether we realize it or not and it is important to make sure that what we believe is based on God’s Word and not just what we see around us or through our experiences. I would definitely recommend this book to encourage Christians to see the importance of how theology affects their daily lives and the need to know God through His Word.

*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review.

Quotes:
“…the power of theology to transform us as women where it counts most.”
“theology is the root, foundation, and framework for practical living that reflects wisdom and understanding.”
“Faith is the theological concept. Worry and anxiety are the practical issues of life. Here is clear evidence that the practical issue of worry in our lives is intensely affected by our theology.”
“The instruction is simple-set your heart and mind on Christ and eternity. Change your perspective and refocus.
“Proper theology is not complex, but it is fundamentally important for all believers, because knowing our God and understanding his character are essential tools that enable us to exercise wisdom in our daily lives.”
“We need to know what we believe about God and then act consistently with those beliefs when confronted with the daily issues of life.”
“We are called to willingly give up our rights and welcome the sacrifices that accompany being a servant to others.”
“We are called to humble ourselves-to forget ourselves, let go of our reputation and rights, and pour ouselves out in service to Christ and others.”
“The first temptation faced by all believers is the temptation to go to something or someone other than Christ for sustenance and encouragement.”
“Justification is the act in which God declares us righteous in heaven by switching our sins to Christ’s shoulders and Christ’s righteousness to ours.”
“…the things in our lives we can see that distract us from the greater, deeper things God is working for us in places we cannot see.”
“But prayer is first and foremost praise and adoration to the One who has purchased our salvation for us. It’s only after praising him and praying that his purposes be accomplished that God then invites us to bring our requests before him.”

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