Why didn’t I read this book years ago?!
Womanly Dominion has been sitting in my To-Read pile for close to two years. Finally, this week, it made it’s way from that tall pile into my hands as I opened it’s pages and feasted on the Scripture and Biblical counsel between it’s front and back cover. With only 226 pages of reading it is fairly short, yet rich in depth and very comprehensive in it’s topic of Biblical womanhood.
Yes, it is written by a man…but wait! Mark Chanski does a beautiful job of explaining why he is writing and how this book came about. I won’t spill the beans on all of it, but I will say that he first wrote Manly Dominion. So before you flat out refuse to read this book, let me encourage and reassure you that he has written with a spirit of grace and love…not spirit of woman bashing.
This is not my first book read on the topic of Biblical Womanhood, but it would definitely be ranked at the top of my favorites list in this category. I appreciated the style in which it is presented – very organized with tidy chapters rather than a broad essays thrown together. Each chapter is stand-alone for flowing and coherent reading, yet still united under the umbrella of Womanly Dominion. This book begins with the core of theology and moves outward from Old Testament and New Testament to marriage, motherhood, the church setting, and in the public square.
From this book I both learned new material and was reminded of many important things I had forgotten. But rather then set this book down feeling weighted by my lack and miserable failings of fleshing out Biblical womanhood, I am feeling overwhelmed with energy and excitement at God’s calling on my life in the form of my gender. I wasn’t appalled by “old fashioned” thoughts, but rather invigorated with passion to live out God’s desire for me and all women. Chanski truly brings the proper glory to the power of embracing our role of Biblical Womanhood and rightly displays the high notes versus making it appear to be a drudgery.
I can not recommend Womanly Dominion enough! It was a fabulous read and theologically refreshing! The only down side I would say is that it doesn’t come with a discussion guide for easy use in a group setting. Despite that, I still suggest it’s use in one-on-one settings or in Bible Studies or Book Clubs. This is the perfect book for any Christian Women. But take caution! You will be challenged by the WORD OF GOD. Are you ready to hear and do? <—Click to Tweet!
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