Thursday, May 21, 2009

M.B.A. in Mrs. & Motherhood?

As I build this blog, I am fervently searching for good, solid resources to study and recommend and in doing so this morning, I came across the book Feminine Appeal by Carolyn Mahaney and Nancy Leigh DeMoss. In reading the preface in the 'look inside' feature on Amazon, I came across a very intriguing thought that relates to the article on women in Time that I mentioned from DeMoss' preface to Biblical Womanhood in the Home last week. Here's what it says:
Isn't it telling that our culture requires training and certification for many vocations of lesser importance [to homemaking, motherhood, 'wifehood'], but hands us marriage and motherhood without instruction? Fortunately, God hasn't left us to fend for ourselves. He has provided invaluable lessons for women in His Word.
Mahaney goes on to highlight the instruction God gives us as women in Titus 2:3-5:
3 ... Teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.
Interestingly enough, we can earn degree after degree after degree (not that that's a bad thing ... we can certainly acquire much wisdom there), but the very knowledge that we need to be the women God desires us to be is right in scripture and within the example of the older women around us. Feminine Appeal definitely looks like a good resource to go hand in hand with the study of Titus 2 and learn more about the role of a godly woman. I'm definitely adding this one to my reading list.

Here's a good review of the book.

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