Book Review: The Blessed Woman

The Blessed Woman

I’m trying to read more now, both fiction and nonfiction. This book was a good start into the nonfiction category. You can read Chapter One here.

Author Debbie Morris, leader of women’s ministries at a big church in Texas, lacked female mentorship at one point in her Christian walk so she turned to the stories of Biblical women to provide the mentorship and guidance she needed. This book recounts that journey and provides advice and challenges to women using those Biblical guides.

My favorite thing about this book was its perspective. Instead of focusing on what God can do for the reader, Morris focuses on how the reader can build her faith to act for God. I also enjoyed the frankness with which she discussed her past lack of mentorship. Essentially, she was the lone female doing things no one had done before, at least, among her acquaintances. I identified with this, having often been the lone woman in a situation (hello, military!) or the lone Christian.

The one thing I didn’t care for was the use of Christian-ese, language specific to Christians that doesn’t often make sense unless you’ve spent a lot of time in the church. While this book wasn’t as heavy on the Christian-ese as some, there were still some phrases that jumped out at me as things I’ve heard a lot in church but don’t seem to mean a whole lot without a bit of explanation.

I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. These opinions are entirely my own.

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