Intended to be an 8-week study, I actually completed this book much faster as I read it for review. An advantage of reading it this way gave me a great overall view of the message of Biblical womanhood compared to what the world says that womanhood should look like.
We live in a culture that sends the opposite message of what womanhood and manhood should be than what the Bible teaches. Culture has bought into the lie that we can do things our own way and have what we want, rather than following the design and plan that God intended for our femininity and masculinity.
The book begins with creation, and God’s original intent and design in creating male and female. God created us equal but different, complementing each other in our roles. Men were created to be providers and protectors, while women were created to be nurturers, responsive and relational. Sin entered when Satan convinced Eve that having it her way was better than going God’s way. And we have been doing the same thing ever since. After discussing God’s intent in creating both male and female, the book goes on to talk about manhood and what that looks like in the Bible. It then brings out biblical womanhood and God’s design for how a woman should be that is in relationship with Him. In all this, the book brings out how God’s original intent for men and women is to reflect Him. The marriage relationship reflects the relationship between Christ and the church of believers.
“Our purpose in life is to put God on display – to reflect His glory in ways we as women were uniquely created to do.”
“Men were created to reflect the strength, love, and self-sacrifice of Christ. Women were created to reflect the responsiveness, grace, and beauty of the bride He redeemed. And marriage was created to reflect the covenant union of Christ and His bride.”
Continuing on, the book talks about the feminist movement and how the feminist ideology has now become mainstream. It affects us in ways that we don’t even realize. Feminism is a worldview like any of the other -isms (materalism, humanism, etc.).
“Most of us mindlessly accept whatever we hear and see. We listen to music, read books and magazines, watch TV programs, go to movies, surf the Internet, listen to advice, and respond to advertisements. We adopt the latest fads, and embrace the lifestyles, values, and priorities of our friends. We listen to what the world has to say about womanhood and how we should dress, act, think, and behave. We do all this without asking ourselves important questions: What is the message here? Is it really true? Am I being deceived by a way of thinking that is contrary to the Truth?”
A contrast is given to being a Lady Wild vs. a Lady Wise, based on the Proverbs passages of Wisdom and Folly. We are often “more interested in fitting into the world than in honoring and reflecting the Lord.” The study also talks about the importance of teaching and training the next generation what the true meaning of womanhood is based on the Bible and not what the world around us says.
I would recommend this study, especially for young women and teens as they are bombarded with the message of society that you can have it your way instead of God’s way, as well as telling them to take control of their own lives rather than surrendering to God and following His path. This would also be a great study for a mom and teenage daughter to do together. The path of biblical womanhood is the path that leads to joy. This message is counter-cultural. True Woman 101 calls out for us to return to what the Bible says about being a woman and how God designed us. Yet this will look different for each woman. This book covers the principles of what biblical womanhood looks like, but how it is played out practically will differ.
“Women are not the same. Womanhood will look different from woman to woman…That’s not to say that our decisions don’t matter. In His Word God has given us timeless principles about womanhood that transcend culture. It’s important that we wrestle with how to implement these principles. We need to rely on the Holy Spirit’s guidance to help us figure out how to apply them in our particular situation. But we must avoid a cookie-cutter mentality. We are all unique. Every woman’s circumstances are distinct. We each need to carefully discern how to apply God’s principles in our own lives, and we can encourage one another in that process; but it’s not up to us to determine how they must be applied in other women’s lives.”
*I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for my review.