Author: Mary A. Kassian
Publication Date: 2010
My rating: 3/5
**Special thanks to Andrew Allen at Moody Publishing House for providing a review copy.**
After a series of great reads, I seem to have hit a reading slump. I've read three books in a row which have been two or three star books (including one I was expecting to be an influencer for and had been really looking forward to reading).
I've also decided to post a number rating on my reads. I'm not sure why I have not done that before.
With authors Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Kay Arthur endorsing this book I was really looking forward to reading it. I have enjoyed both Revive Our Hearts radio and Kay Arthur's Bible studies. The premise was to me unique: a compare and contrast between the Proverbs 31 woman and the Proverbs 7 wild woman. In my opinion, Kassian made some excellent points and there is little I can quibble with biblically in this book. She lays out some good guidelines on everything from male/female roles to boundaries to habits to neediness to possessions...Maybe you get part of my picture here, I think while a good premise, her scope was so broad that she touched briefly on 20 topics. Twenty topics on biblical womanhood is just too many in a book of 200 pages.
My second issue with the book was Mary's tone. For instance, Mary discusses her response to a girl who was calling her teenage son (in her mind, this is a clear crossing of the boundaries between male/female roles). In my opinion her response was less than loving and this is a general tone I sense throughout the book. I gleaned some insights from this book, but wonder if Mary's tone might turn off some (especially teenagers) who could benefit from Mary's advice.
Notice: I received this book in exchange for a review from Moody Publishers. The opinions expressed are my own.