Book Review: His Ways, Your Walk

HWYWHis Ways, Your Walk by my friend Lou Ann Keiser focuses on Bible passages written specifically to women. It grew out of Lou Ann’s long experience as a missionary wife, counseling many women and seeing the types of problems and struggles that regularly arise, and out of her years of Bible reading and study.

It covers a lot of ground for 244 pages: how to become born again, how to know God’s will for one’s life, singleness, romance, marriage, motherhood, women in the church, spiritual gifts, dress, entertainment, dealing with emotions, abuse – and that’s not even half the topics discussed. There are “application” questions after major sections, to process and apply what one has read. It is very practical, straightforward, balanced, chock full of Biblical wisdom, and laced with humor.

One of my favorite aspects of the book is that most of the time, when Lou Ann is discussing a passage, she includes the whole passage right there in the book rather than just a reference (though sometimes references are listed for further study).

One of my favorite quotes is in the chapter on dress: “We shouldn’t call attention to ourselves by looking tacky any more than we should call attention to ourselves by wearing too much bling. We need to find balance” (p. 152). Another, in a section on the husband’s headship over his wife, quotes I Corinthians 11:3 (“But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God”), and then observes, “Is it negative to have a head? Obviously not, since Christ has one! Here, we have a glimpse of God’s order of authority. God the Father is in a position over Christ. Is God the father more important or better than Christ? No. They are equal; both are God! But Christ was obedient to His heavenly Father” (p. 72).

This book is good not only for personal study, but it would be good to share with daughters, a Sunday School class, or in a mentoring situation.

This book also represents a few firsts for me: this is the first (and only, so far) book I was asked to read and critique before publication, the first book in which I was listed in the acknowledgments, and the first book in which I am actually quoted. Thanks, Lou Ann!

You can read more of Lou Ann’s writings at her blog, In the Way.

(This will also be linked to Semicolon‘s Saturday Review of Books.)

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Here are a few good reads from the last week:

Book Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood. I’m sharing this not just because of the book, but mainly for the discussion of Biblical interpretation. I don’t know if you have encountered this, but in many secular venues where there is any discussion of Christianity, often someone will toss out what they consider as absurd OT requirements as a reason to toss out the whole or to say we can’t or shouldn’t live by Biblical principles. This explains what is wrong with such an approach (and though it doesn’t say this, one could turn the conversation to a good witnessing opportunity in that all of these requirements were fulfilled in Christ.) Though the author of the book in question is asking questions many are asking and dealing with a confusing and controversial subject, the way she handles Scripture inclines me not to trust her conclusions.

A helpful, hopeful election perspective.

The greatest of these is “Sola Scriptura.” Good thoughts on good that came from the Reformation. “Luther and the Reformers didn’t get everything right… But their role was like that of a good teacher—not to teach students every fact they will ever need to know, but to teach them how to learn. The Reformers reminded the church how to learn—how to think—by pointing us to the Scriptures and away from human authorities.”

Sixty years of memories. Neat gift idea.

15 things home sewers can lean from industrial sewing.

Questionnaires for writing character profiles.

And I saw this on Pinterest.

Gotta run — busy day ahead. Have a great weekend!