Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Book Review: Becoming a Woman of Grace

I've done a couple of Bible studies using materials by Cynthia Heald in the past, so I jumped at the chance to review Becoming a Woman of Grace for NavPress.

The book is fairly short -- 11 chapters and just over 100 pages. A chapter per week was a really nice pace for my life.

As an example of how this book works, chapter 7, titled The Law of Love opens with John 15:12 and a quote from Lewis Sperry Chafer about the Mosaic system and Christ's love. There is a paragraph by Cynthia Heald introducing the topic, followed by a series of 8 questions, with scripture and quotes from people like John Piper woven in. Some of the questions are fairly easy to answer. Most require some thinking and prayer.

The final section of each chapter is the "Author's Reflection" where she uses a variety of scenarios to illustrate the point of the chapter. This chapter hit me particularly, as she is reflecting on why it is so hard to sincerely love others, unconditionally.

There is always a final question, and that is one that requires soul searching, and pouring your heart out to God. And the chapter ends with a suggested scripture memory, that of John 15:12.

I love these books. Doing a chapter per week is something I can add to my already very busy day, as I can sit down to read and answer a question or two, or at least start thinking about them, in just a few minutes.  Check out the book at Amazon, or at the NavPress site linked above.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from NavPress Publishers as part of their Blogger Review program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

Michelle Smith said...

I almost got that book myself. Thanks for the review of it. I do think I would enjoy it, but I had another Bible study I have been working through already. ;)