Friday, July 31, 2009

Passionate Housewives

Okay, don't write this book off because of the slightly cheesy title. I've been wanting to read it for a while, and finally got a copy. I highly enjoyed it! The first half of the book is written by Stacy McDonald, and the second by Jennie Chancey. Both authors did a great job, but the first half of the book was especially encouraging. Here's a taste of what's inside:

A friend had alerted Jennie to yet another "me-ology" book--that's how we describe books that encourage women to "pamper" rather than "sanctify" their flesh. Page after page, the author told women it was okay to live for self--in fact, if you don't feel like your relationship with God is productive, perhaps it's your family's fault for distracting you from the "important" things you could be doing!

This self-centered philosophy is a fallacy that we as Christian women must guard against. If we find ourselves in a position where we feel that serving our families gets in the way of serving Christ's Kingdom, then we should fall on our faces and repent....

Serving our family is serving the Kingdom. Serving our husband and our little ones is serving Christ Himself--and neglecting them so that we can pursue self interests is neglecting the Kingdom of God--and Jesus Himself! "Inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me." (Matthew 24:45)

from pgs xxiii-xxiv of the preface

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