Written for Women

(Because somebody ought to pay attention to these.)

These are short takes on titles that I’ve read.  Books are listed alphabetically by author’s last name. If I have written a longer and more detailed review already, a link is included.  Many such reviews are intended; if you would like to hear more soon about any particular book, let me know in the comments below.  First-time commenters will have to be screened, so don’t be surprised if your note doesn’t pop up immediately.

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Author:  Duguid, Barbara R.
Title:  Extravagant Grace
Publication Info:  Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing, 2013. (237 pp. with study questions at the end of each chapter and notes in the back.)
Subject Matter:  “Why do Christians keep sinning?”  Contemplation of this question based on the writings of John Newton.
Intended Audience:  Evangelical Christians; Reformed believers.  (Not necessarily written just for women, but the author’s style and personal experiences may appeal more to women; often recommended for women’s small groups.)
Best Thing(s):
Worst Thing(s):  Hyper-determinism:  Christians fail and fall because God intends us to do so and arranges our failures so that we will learn to rely on him fully.  The Holy Spirit’s help is only given sometimes; God may withdraw it to let us fall and learn this lesson.  Does not view sanctification as Christians gradually (and with some effort) “getting better,” but as an opportunity to increasingly see ourselves as failures in need of a great Savior.
Recommendation:  Pace my friends who like this one for its uncompromisingly high view of the Savior, I cannot in good conscience recommend this book to any Christian believer.
Detailed Review:  (Pending)

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Author:  Moore, Beth
Title: Children of the Day: 1 & 2 Thessalonians (individual Bible study workbook; I did not view the video material.)
Publication Info:  LifeWay Press, 2014. (239 pp.; includes 40 interactive independent studies [3-4 pp. each], nine 2-page outlines of video sessions, a collection of 28 prayer challenges on the topic of sexual strongholds, and notes in the back.)
Subject Matter:  (1) the personal lives of the readers; (2) Beth Moore; (3) 1 & 2 Thess. & related & unrelated Scripture (in that order)
Intended Audience:  Christian women in a small group with video series.
Best Thing(s):  Sincere engagement with contemporary conservative scholarship on NT passages; balanced and gracious acknowledgement of different end-times views; some sensible perspectives on the life of faith and Christian hope.
Worst Thing(s):  Some unwarranted direct application of Scripture; incongruous personalization of statements to the anonymous reader; tendency to wander away from Bible study into personal application; implied criticism of those who stifle the Holy Spirit by teaching cessationism; IMO, a florid style that wastes many words.
Recommendation:  Mostly harmless women’s study, but you could do better (if you wanted the women to learn more about the Bible than about themselves).
Detailed Review:  (Pending)

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Moore, Beth

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