Sunday, February 13, 2011

Practical Theology For Women: A Book Review

About The Book:

Have you ever wanted to understand the deep things of the Word but been put off by the intimidating vocabulary of theologians? Have you assumed that studying the attributes of God is for seminary students only? Or maybe "just for men"? Have heavy doctrinal themes felt beyond you and your everyday world? If so-if you've ever thought theology was too deep, too impractical, or too irrelevant for your life as a woman-this book is for you.
As author Wendy Alsup explores fundamental theological issues you've always wondered about-minus the daunting vocabulary and complex sentence structure of academic tomes-she brings them into real life… into your world… and reveals the heart of true theology. It's really about "simple yet incredibly profound stuff that affects our daily lives," she says. Stuff like faith and gaining a right knowledge of God as the foundation for wise daily living.
Alsup writes: "Truly, there is nothing like a good grasp of accurate knowledge about God to enable you to meet the practical demands of your life-the practical demands of being a daughter, mother, wife, sister, or friend." Let Practical Theology for Women show you the everyday difference that knowing God makes.
About The Author:
Wendy Horger Alsupenjoys teaching theology to women. Alsup resides in Seattle with her husband, Andy, hand two young children.
My Review:
I have been familiar with Wendy Alsup since reading her blog, Practical Theology For Women, for about the last six months. The first thing that I have noticed in both the book and blog is that Alsup makes theology so easy to understand! 
Alsup divides the book into three parts: What Is Theology?, Who Is God? and How Do We Communicate With God? She does so in a very conversational and non-threatening manner, which will definitely appeal to her main audience of women. As a former Bible College student I am familiar with some of the systematic theology out there, but I would rather read books that bring topics of theology down to earth in everyday language. Wendy Alsup does just that. I would love sit in on her teaching at Mars Hill Church in Seattle. What an experience that would be.

One of my favorite points in the book is this:

"...there is a difference between knowing about God and knowing him personally. Head knowledge of God is of no value if it is not connected to a personal relationship with him, and relationship with God demands communication with him." (p.121)

My favorite chapter was 13, where Alsup discusses prayer, and goes through The Lord's Prayer, from Matthew 6, in great detail. One statement that has really resonated with me is this:

"God invites us to bring our requests to him because time spent in his presence in prayer is a means of experiencing His grace. God promises supernatural peace to stablize our hearts and minds when we bring our needs to him. We don't bring our needs to him for his benefit but for ours." (p. 128)
Throughout the book, Alsup makes numerous references to scripture, along her own thoughts, and also gives the reader a ton of secondary references to expand their study of theology. This book would be perfect for small group study or women's Bible Study times. It is ideal for women of all walks of life and all stages of faith.

If you are looking for a book that will challenge you and encourage you, I highly recommend Practical Theology For Women by Wendy Horger Alsup!

BUY IT: You can purchase Practical Theology For Women by Wendy Horger Alsup online here.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Crossway Books, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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