Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The Gospel Centered Woman by Wendy Alsup ~ Litfuse Blog Tour with review

The Gospel Centered Woman

  • Paperback: 154 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451574827
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451574821

This book is also available as an e-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.
"The Gospel Centered Woman" is a Bible study that not only discusses what God created his daughters to be, but how to achieve and live his plan without feeling oppressed but instead uplifted and exalted.
This Bible study is broken down into three sections with the first section titled Created in God's Image which delves into what God create women to be, and how they are created to bear the image of God. This section also touches on the fall of man and woman. "Section two titled Redeemed to Reflect God Once More" touches on topics such as forgiving and being forgiven, finding contentment, and how the Gospel can unite women with Christ. Section three is titled "Wisdom in the Tension" and is geared at helping women navigate through daily life.
Overall, I found this an easy to use Bible study and really appreciated how the author doesn't just give us her opinion but instead provides us with scripture that allows us to understand and read where she is coming from. I found it helpful that she includes a blank page at the end of each chapter so that we can take notes on what we have read. The discussion questions included would make this a great Bible study for women's groups. Many of the questions are geared to make the reader reflect not only on what they have read but also what they might be dealing with in their own lives. 

About the Author
Wendy Alsup is a wife, mom and college math teacher who loves ministering to women. "I feel I've almost always been in ministry, from the earliest years of my life helping my dad with his bus ministry at a small Baptist church in South Carolina," explains Alsup. As an adult, her ministry work has included working in Christian camps and Christian schools in the U.S. and Korea and leading the women's ministry at a large church in her current home city, Seattle. Her heart is most centered in the informal counseling and discipleship of women.
 Alsup has published three books: Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in our Daily LivesBy His Wounds You are Healed: How the Message of Ephesians Transforms a Woman's Identity, and the new release,The Gospel-Centered Woman: Understanding Biblical Womanhood through the Lens of the Gospel

"I don't have it all together. But then again, if I did, I wouldn't need the gospel.The Gospel-Centered Woman is written by and for women who don't have it all together. Who struggle. Whose burdens in life sometimes feel overwhelming. This is not a guilt-inducing book. God forbid! It would be the height of hypocrisy if I wrote a book that made other women feel guilt because of some imagined pinnacle of Biblical womanhood I had achieved." 

Find out more about Wendy Alsup and The Gospel-Centered Woman Readers can keep up with Alsup via the Practical Theology for Women Facebook page and follow her on Twitter (@WendyAlsup). 

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