Our Women’s Ministry recently finished a summer book study. Each group studied a different book and spent many weeks digging into the content. Below are some short reviews that we hope will peak your interest in these titles. A link to the book on Amazon is included if you'd like to pick up a copy.
None Like Him by Jen Wilkin - Review by Donna Rieb
In our lives, it is natural to be self-centered rather than God-centered. We are surrounded by a world that keeps reminding us to ask questions such as; “What’s in it for me?”, “How should I live?”, and “What’s best for me?” Jen Wilkin approaches Scripture with the question, “What does this say about God?” first, and then asks the question,”How does this apply to me?” Because of the contrast between self-centered and God-centered thinking, it seemed prudent to study a book that would focus our thoughts on God first.
In None Like Him, Jen focuses on ten of God’s incommunicable attributes -- those attributes that belong to God alone. Studying the attributes: infinite, incomprehensible, self-existent, self-sufficient, eternal, immutable, omnipresent, omniscient, omnipotent, and sovereign stirred a sense of reverence and awe in each of us.
In addition to looking at God’s character, the book also looked at the ways we try to be God. It was easy to see how we strive or pretend to have qualities that belong to God alone. The study invoked rich worship and humble repentance.
We believe the goal of the book was, in the author's words, “to learn a holy fear for a God like no other. Only then will our fear of man be put to flight, our self-adulation be laid to rest, and our hearts be turned to worship.” God used this book to move us closer to the goal that will take a lifetime to reach.
No Little Women by Aimee Byrd - Review by Erica Keough
Aimee Byrd's, No Little Women, examines the example of the "weak women" described in 2 Timothy 3:6-7. In his letter to Timothy, Paul warns of false teachers who prey on these weak or "little women" who are "always learning, but never able to arrive at a knowledge of the truth." These women are constantly learning, but not developing a good theology. They either do not know what Scripture teaches about God or they do not hold fast to its authority. Since we are all susceptible to false teachers, we need to read Scripture faithfully, striving for deep understanding, so we can identify the false doctrines that want to creep into our theology.
Aimee encourages us to examine all teachers and books, especially Christian books marketed to women. She warns that, "Christian bookstores can promote some of the worst doctrines...and we need to enter them with discernment." Byrd included several passages from popular Christian authors, giving us the homework of carefully examining and discerning what the author was trying to say, and if it was actually biblical. Some excerpts were comical in how they missed the mark, and others were frightening.
As women, we have vital roles to play in the lives of those around us. Our brothers and sisters of God's household need strong women, not the weak women of 2 Timothy.
Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves - Review by Amy Pickering
Delighting in the Trinity presses into knowing God and growing in enjoying him by understanding God as triune. Michael Reeves unpacks the answers to the questions: “Why is God love?”, “Why can we be saved?”, and “How are we able to live the Christian life?” It was truly a delightful read!
I had never considered how essential it is to know our God is a Trinity. The Father, Son, and Spirit have everything in such abundance that God’s love overflowed out to create. He created us out of his love to be loved by him! A single-origin God would have created because he needed something -- his identity would have depended on his creation.
The author explains how God is first and foremost a Father, finding his very identity in giving life to his son, the Son then images his Father in sharing life with us through the Spirit.
“For it is only when you grasp what it means for God to be a Trinity that you really sense the beauty, the overflowing kindness, the heart-grabbing loveliness of God.”