Earlier in the week, I wrote about how I felt like traditional womanhood was being erased…it was oh so hard to find any information about the topic when I searched online.
After looking over my shelves, I found a copy of Elisabeth Elliot’s Let Me Be a Woman, and I thought it might be fun to read through it with you here. I have never gotten around to reading it, and it looks to be divided in chunks just small enough to easily fit into most homemaker’s days.
Elisabeth Elliot wrote these short notes to her daughter Val as she prepared for marriage. I imagine she offered much insight to her daughter, and now us, with her words.
In her preface, she writes, “This book was written at the height of the strong feminist movement that swept our country in the seventies and eighties. Women were told that they ought to get out of the house and do something “fulfilling.” They listened, and many discovered what men could easily have told them: that by no means is fulfillment necessarily to be found in any job – in ditch digging or in the office of a CEO – any more than in the kitchen. I knew that real satisfaction and joy come in response to acceptance of the will of God and nowhere else. So, I wrote a book as my wedding present to you, putting down in black and white the great eternal principles that distinguish men and women.”
Reading through this book would be a good start to learning a bit more about Biblical womanhood. While we might not agree with everything within it’s pages (it’s not Scripture, after all), let’s learn what we can from a woman who followed the Lord with her whole heart. It contains 49 short chapters, and while we might not touch on all of them here, it surely would be a beneficial book to read.
Would you like to join me? You can find your own copy of Let Me Be a Woman here.
At the end of next week, let’s go over chapters 1 and 2 together. Sounds like fun, right?
Now I’m off to a full day of violin lessons and preparing for my daughter’s fifteenth birthday. Tonight we will be eating steak, chickpea pasta, and Lord willing, challah bread. I hope you have a lovely weekend, ladies!
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