Recapture God's Original Design for Femininity
An eight-week Bible study, True Woman 101: Divine Design helps women recapture the idea of biblical womanhood. Authors Mary Kassian and Nancy Leigh DeMoss show readers how feminism actually degrades women instead of elevating them as does God’s original design. True Woman 101 challenges women to affirm God’s original design and to live as true women of God.
Many women will find the premise of the book to be challenging as it’s so countercultural: God created manhood and womanhood to glorify Himself and to put the gospel of Jesus Christ on display. So, the authors say, “gender does matter.” In True Woman 101 Kassian and DeMoss lead readers on a biblical journey, showing how God’s original design for male and female was perfect, and how Satan tempted the first woman to reject God’s design. Since Adam and Eve sinned and rejected God’s original design, sin has damaged manhood and womanhood. The authors encourage readers to recapture and embrace God’s divine design, and in so doing, experience a “dramatic makeover from the inside out” that will transform their “womanhood into a thing of beauty.”
I found the authors’ tone to be conversational, personal, and inviting. The authors are passionate about the topic, and yet they temper that passion with loads of references to God’s Word. The authors make sure that you know these are not just their own ideas, but they are rooted in God’s Word. Additionally, the authors don’t just spoon-feed the reader. They ask questions. They require readers to dig into God’s Word for answers. They lead readers to discover truth from God’s Word for themselves, and to me, that’s a key part of being a Bible teacher—teaching students to study the Bible for themselves instead of relying on the knowledge of others.
Equally helpful are the discussion questions provided at the end of each week’s lessons. The questions require careful thought and consideration, and they are perfect for either individual or small group study. So many books provide great information. But without internalizing it and making it your own, it’s just knowledge. With the “Personalize” section at the end of each week, Kassian and DeMoss push readers to synthesize what they’ve learned, to respond to what they’ve studied, and to find ways to apply it to their lives. I think this is one of the most helpful parts of the Bible study because readers take head knowledge and turn it into heart knowledge.
I highly recommend this study to woman of all ages. It’s great for small groups, book clubs, moms groups, mentoring relationships, and even moms and daughters (although there’s a counterpart for teens called Becoming God’s True Woman. . .While I Still Have a Curfew, which I also highly recommend). True Woman 101 would also make a great individual Bible study. For any woman desiring to truly follow Jesus and live out God’s Word, True Woman 101 is a call to return to God’s design and is guaranteed to turn your life upside down as you experience transformation and freedom in Christ through God’s divine design.
One of the great things about this study is that the accompanying videos are available for free at www.truewoman101.com. In a world where even Christian publishers try to increase profits by charging for every single resource, I find it refreshing that Kassian, DeMoss, and Moody Publishers are so committed to the message of True Woman 101 that they have made the videos and other resources available at no cost. Bravo and thank you!
MARY KASSIAN is an award winning author, internationally renowned speaker, and a distinguished professor at Southern Baptist Seminary. She has published several books and Bible studies, including The Feminist Mistake. A graduate from the faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine from the University of Alberta, Canada, Mary has also studied systematic theology at the doctoral level and taught courses at seminaries throughout North America.
NANCY LEIGH DEMOSS is a mentor and “spiritual mother” to hundreds of thousands of women who have read her bestselling books and who listen to her two daily radio programs, Revive Our Hearts and the one-minute feature Seeking Him. Her books have sold more than 2,000,000 copies, and include Lies Women Believe, Choosing Forgiveness, A Place of Quiet Rest, and Surrender: The Heart God Controls, and Holiness: The Heart God Purifies. Nancy graduated from the University of Southern California with a degree in piano performance and went on to serve as the Primary Children’s Ministries Director in a large local church. Since 1980, she has served on the staff of Life Action Ministries, a revival ministry based in Buchanan, Michigan.
* Note: I received a copy of this book from Moody Publishers for this honest review. However, the opinions expressed are my own.
Published 4 months ago by Laura Langley