Sunday, June 08, 2008

Mary's Retro-Pick of the Week

Although the book has been out for a little over a year, “What’s in the Bible for Women” was at the top of my to-read list. On one hand, it isn’t something you can just sit down and read cover to cover. It’s more of a reference book than a summer read. The format is much like the “Dummies” or “Idiots” series in that each chapter is packed with practical advice to help you achieve or accomplish a certain goal. On the other hand, you could read for hours and learn something new by the minute. The information packed into one book is incredible.

With topics such as finances, or setting boundaries, or better yet, dealing with family and extended family, the manual is relevant to all women. I was especially impressed with Chapter 6-Family Relationships. Authors Georgia Curtis Ling and Larry Richards exposed the fact that honoring our father and mother also includes the in-laws since his people become our people and vice versa. There is also a great section on care-giving. With baby boomers caught between raising their children (on average 17 years) and care giving their parents, (on average 18 years) this section will be helpful to so many Christian women.

With extra tips in the margins, Bible references, anecdotes, word meanings, and comparisons to those in the Bible and those in our lives now, “What’s in the Bible for Women” would be an excellent resource for a women’s Bible study. Forget the extra handouts or references-it’s all here in one book. The topics covered in 1 chapter alone could be discussed for a month straight without ever covering the same territory.

Whether you buy the book to actually read it, study it or just thumb through it, I guarantee you will find relevant and pertinent information that can be used in your life today. The same guarantee holds true for 10 years down the road. This is the kind of book that will be supportive no matter what stage of life you are in or will be going into. Because as the cover says, “What’s in the Bible for Women” is really about “Life’s questions, God’s answers.”

Bethany House publishers
soft cover 307 pages