Before you read this review, make sure you read the one I posted yesterday about the book Courageous Living. I feel that is almost necessary to proceed with this book and the next. All of these books were written as a response to the Courageous Movie which was in theatres in the fall and will be released on DVD later this month.
This book, The Resolution for Women, written by Patricia Shirer is not one to read over a weekend. In fact, you may need to buy a journal/notebook, get ready to make a lot of notes and perhaps even join a network or group of women studying it together. I naively thought I could knock it off in a couple of nights but by the 2nd page realized that wasn’t going to happen. If the book, Courageous Living, is a book to “gobble up” then this book is like a 13 course meal meant to take small bites out of. In Priscilla’s own words,
“My hope is that you’ll read this book slowly and purposefully~not with the intention of finishing but of engaging with each segment.”
The introduction concludes with the 13 Resolutions to be covered throughout the book. They are deep and wide subjects: from embracing your current season in life to pursuing justice, mercy and love all the way to resolving to impact the present and future generations. Page 1 begins as it should: with a definition of the word Resolution. I’m thankful for this as I have come to feel that we overuse the word(mostly in January) and reject what it truly means. It is a powerful word!!
a.the act of resolving or determining upon an action or course of action, method, procedure, etc.
b.the mental state or quality of being resolved or resolute; firmness of purpose.
Priscilla’s style is one of a friend. She comes alongside the reader and shares the struggles of balancing it all~ wife, mother, ministering, caring, keeping up. She admits her failings and shares her heart. You feel like you’re at her kitchen table, exchanging stories of family life and struggles all over a warm cup of coffee. The book is laid out in 3 sections which are then comprised of various chapters and sub-chapters. Intentionally done this way so that you can read a bit here and there~ just the right thing for busy moms and women on the go! I love that about it!
But still, you need time to get through it all. My copy will remain on my side table for several months as I carefully wade through each resolution, the questions at the end of each chapter and the prayerfully intentional commitment to seeing it through. This is not a book to be taken lightly. But it will be life changing~ I’m looking forward to what it will lead to in my own life!
If you’re wondering how to redeem time wasted or if you’re questioning your role in this life, this book will guide you to the answers: (from page 56)
GOD CHOSE YOU:
- That’s why you’re here. In this position.
- Facing that project.
- Married to that man.
- Involved in that friendship.
- Dealing with that issue.
- Living in that neighbourhood.
- Spearheading that committee.
- Participating in that activity.
- Mothering those children.
- Living this life.
“Book has been provided courtesy of David C Cook and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from B&H Publishing Group“.