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Book Review: Feminine Appeal: Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother

August 13, 2007

A couple of months ago, a friend loaned me her copy of Feminine Appeal:  Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother by Carolyn Mahaney.  She informed me that it was an easy read packed with many biblical truths and that this book might be one we should consider offering as a women’s ministry class at our church.

I got off to a fast start but eventually was bogged down by the summer schedule.  I am delighted to say that I have finally finished it and found the material well worth my time.  Mrs. Mahaney pulls no punches when laying out biblical truths.  She is gracious in her wording, yet right on target.

The book revolves around the virtues discussed in Titus 2:3-5.

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled. 

While I was already familiar with the principles discussed, the material did shed light on some areas of my life where I had become complacent, or worse, was in outright sin.  Further, Mrs. Mahaney provided practical real-life examples interspersed with inspiring quotes from a number of Christians whose lives I have long admired as being faithful to the Lord.

I am coming away from this book resolved to be kinder to my family and to practice intentional acts of goodness for my family.  God has been working in my heart for the past year over the area of submission.  I have long known submission was biblical, but have had difficulty understanding how it should look in the day to day operations of our home.   As I have willingly tried to practice submission to my husband’s leadership over the past year, this has become clearer.  Feminine Appeal only aids in understanding “submission moments”–what they are and the long term effect my choice to submit or not to submit has.  Finally, I have been renewed in my desire to practice more self-control, although I acknowledge this will only be possible through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

While Feminine Appeal has shed scriptural light on my sin, it is also a book filled with hope, acknowledging the power of the grace of God in our lives to change us and draw others to Him as we seek to be obedient.  I highly recommend this book for any single or married female of college age or above.

If you are interested in this book, my bookstore has it on sale for $10.75.  You must use the coupon code FEMAPPEAL when you get ready to check out for the sale price to display.

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