Please pardon my dust! I’m renovating around here – and like me – this site is a work in progress! There are big things coming to Hive Resources in September. I’m releasing my first e-Bible study next month. So, while we’re under construction getting ready for the big reveal, I hope you’ll enter to win one of my favorite reads from this summer. You don’t want to miss any giveaways in this series! And be sure to check back for all the fun things that will be happening here!
The Gospel-Centered Woman
If there’s one book you should buy this fall, it’s Wendy Alsup’s The Gospel-Centered Woman: Understanding Biblical Womanhood through the Lens of the Gospel. Written from a strong complementarian position, Alsup encourages women to let their identity as God’s image bearers equip them for their particular role in life – whether single, married, childless, mother, or widow.
What I loved about this book:
Most books on biblical womanhood focus on female figures in the Bible. I love those books! I love stories of how God works through ordinary wives and mothers. But Alsup asks the reader to elevate her eyesight beyond human figures – as much as we can learn from them – and fix her gaze on Christ. Because it is his image to which we are being restored, he alone should be the ultimate role model we prize for everyday life.
Most books on biblical womanhood focus on Scripture’s prescriptives for married women and mothers. I love those books too – I need all the help I can get in being a godly wife and mom! But Alsup urges women to find her greatest sense of fulfillment in Christ above any other role or any other person. Rightly ordered affections (God first, then husband, then family) will result in a strong women who is gospel-centered and best equipped to serve both her family and husband in the ways Scripture lays out for us. This has HUGE implications for single, divorced, widowed, and childless women.
Why you should buy this book:
You should buy this book for these quotes alone. They’re the kind of words you underline and highlight and then go back and draw little arrows in the margin because you don’t want to forget them. (Hopefully, someone else does that besides me). Here are some of my favorites:
“Godliness with contentment does not mean pulling yourself up by your bootstraps. If the phrase fills you with guilt, you are missing the entire point. The gospel does not obligate you to contentment. It equips you for contentment.”
“While the Proverbs 31 wife reflects back to the first woman created in perfection, she also reflects forward to the wife of Ephesians 5 who, redeemed by Christ, is equipped to reclaim the image of God in her relationship with her husband.”
“When the strong helper made in the image of God offers respect to her husband, the meaning of that respect is compounded tenfold by the strong character of the giver.”
Want to win a copy? I’m giving away a copy to one lucky Hive Resources reader! Enter below. US Residents only please. Contest
ends Friday at midnight IS OVER. Congrats to Abigail! And don’t forget to check back next week – I’m giving away one more book you’ll love and maybe even a little sneak peek at my forthcoming Bible study!