Magazine headlines like "10 Ways to Steal His Attention" capture women loitering in grocery lines. Lyrics like "I Kissed a Girl and I Liked It" slither into our minds with a flip of the radio dial. Media teaches that all is fair in love and lust and the woman with the tightest tee-shirt wins. But when men, money, and the mirror fail us and our feminine wiles betray us, God rescues. Jesus reclaims. The Holy Spirit retrains us to wield our femininity—not our wiles—to the glory of God.
But for those who are stuck in between wielding our wiles and wielding a mighty witness for Christ, we resonate with the temptations of biblical women like Eve, Deborah, Delilah, Abigail, Jezebel, the Shulammite, Hannah, and Potiphar's wife. They faced the same struggles that we face today. They grieved. We grieve. They doubted. We doubt. They felt the pull of lust. We feel it still.
In Wielding Femininity to the Glory of God, the writing team of Shabby Chic Ministries delves into the lives of these eight biblical women and resurfaces how the women of the Bible did or did not wield their femininity in a way that honored God. Then the authors reframe the vintage truth for women today.
Each chapter study blends expositional, verse-by-verse interaction with the Old Testament and relevant, vulnerable stories from the various women of Shabby Chic Ministries. Readers will be challenged to remove the world's seductive messages from their leopard-print purses and to refill them with eight arrows of Truth—"Words to Wield."
"When I first read this material, my initial reaction was "WOW!" Still is. This is incredibly creative, thought provoking, and unquestionably culturally relevant. Most of all, it's intensely biblical! Believe me; what I've just shared is not rooted in hyperbole. This study will capture the heart of any woman who sincerely desires to discover true and lasting fulfillment in this life."
—Dr. Gene A. Getz, professor, founder of the Bible church movement, best-selling author of more than fifty books, including The Measure of a Man and the Men of Character series, and host of the popular radio program, Renewal Radio.
"In Wielding Femininity to the Glory of God, eight high-octane female authors chronicle the dynamic stories of eight women of the Bible. These fascinating biblical characters struggled with twenty-first century women's issues: lust, sex, distorted sensuality, leadership, abuse of power, idolatry, discontent, discernment, and brokenness, and these authors help us learn from them. This solid study guides women deep into the text, shares well-written, honest stories from the author's lives, and complements each lesson with a new song to drive truth deeper into hearts. Creative, innovative, and engaging...a new format for a new generation."
—Dr. Sue Edwards, Assistant Professor of Christian Education at Dallas Theological Seminary and author of numerous books on women's leadership and the Sue Edwards Inductive Bible Study series.
"Like Godiva for the soul. What truffles are to chocolate lovers, Wielding Femininity to the Glory of God is to women's Bible studies: rich, habit-forming, and best shared with a friend. But it comes with a warning: You've entered the no-fluff zone. Wielding Femininity blends biblical exposition and where-I-live application offered up by a diverse gift-box of women. Readers will keep coming back for more."
—Dr. Sandra Glahn, Adjunct Professor of Christian Education and Pastoral Ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary and author of the popular Coffee Cup Bible study series
"Usually when one speaks about wielding femininity, my advice is stay out of the way. But the women of Shabby Chic Ministries teach the art of wielding to the glory of God, so my advice is to wield away! Find out the great things God has to say about what women uniquely bring to His Creation."
—Dr. Darrell Bock, Research Professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, Corresponding Editor-at-Large of Christianity Today, and New York Times best-selling author of Jesus According to Scripture, Breaking the Da Vinci Code, Dethroning Jesus, and The Missing Gospels.
Preview Chapter Excerpts:
Wielding Femininity Sample (Hannah)
Children's Curriculum (Hannah)
Group Discussion Questions (Hannah)
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