by A. Karen Davis
Biblical Womanhood in the Home is a thoughtful call for Christian women to find fulfillment for life by biblically meeting the needs of their home. This brief, readable book was edited by Nancy DeMoss who is a conference speaker, writer, and teacher for the Revive Our Hearts broadcast.
The impetus for the book came from an issue of Time magazine featuring new perspectives on womanhood. The article presented some genuine success stories of women who found fulfillment as police chief, baseball owner, rap artist, and rock climber. Without deriding these accomplishments, Nancy noticed that there was no celebration of married women loving their husbands and raising children. Her book offers a counter-revolution.
What does a biblical woman look like? Broadly speaking, such a woman celebrates the glory of womanhood as created by God. She rightly admits the enormous challenge of being a biblical woman in a fallen world. Submission is a positive concept. There is obvious joy in bearing and raising children
Short stories within the essays give hope. Barbara Hughes, a pastor’s wife, author and Bible teacher, shares a painful instance in which her godly husband felt despair and misery. Committed to the role of helper, she listened a long while and then responded, “I don’t know what you're going to do. But for right now, for tonight, hang on to my faith, because I believe. I believe that God is good. I believe that He loves us and is going to work through this experience. So hang on to my faith. I have enough for both of us.”
In addition to Nancy DeMoss and Barbara Hughes, five other writers contributed to this collection of eleven essays: Susan Hunt, Mary A. Kassian, Carolyn Mahaney, Dorothy Patterson, and P. Bunny Wilson. These women have written helpful and readable essays, each of which offers constructive illustrations of a biblical lifestyle for women.