I was so eager to get into this book. I had several friends who had read/were reading it and I'd only heard good things. Plus, my sweet friend Julie, told me she used to be in a Bible Study lead by Jen Wilkin and loved her! Personal friend vouches always make me more excited. :)
I am so thankful for this book. Let me share an excerpt to show you why:
"When women grow increasingly lax in their pursuit of Bible literacy, everyone in their circle of influence is affected. Rather than acting as salt and light, we become bland contributions to the environments we inhabit and shape, indistinguishable from those who have never been changed by the gospel. Home, church, community, and country desperately need the influence of women who know why they believe what they believe, grounded in the Word of God. They desperately need the influence of women who love deeply and actively the God proclaimed in the Bible."
I read this and just felt my heart and mind explode with a resounding "yes!" Oh, I was just so thankful to be reading a book where the authors greatest desire is to spur women on in their study of God's Word, to challenge and encourage us in our hearts and minds, to spur us on as we are "salt and light" in our life, responsibilities, and relationships, and to remind all of us who read it that to know our God more we must know His Word better.
I was also deeply challenged in my own study of the Word. To ask myself the questions she poses throughout the book. To be more thoughtful and purposeful in my study. And to come to the realization of the truth that the Bible is not a book about me. It is a book about God. Too often, I come to it searching to find more for me, rather than coming to it with a heart and mind ready to learn more about the God I serve. As Jen points out, "The Bible does tell us who we are and what we should do, but it does so through the lens of who God is. The knowledge of God and the knowledge of self always go hand in hand. In fact, there can be no true knowledge of self apart from the knowledge of God. He is the only reference point that is reliable." As I seek my Savior more fervently, I understand myself and the purpose of my life better.
Jen also gives such practical help and advice for study, which I greatly appreciate. She offers tools to put feet on the heart she shares. She exudes such a passion and eagerness for women to be better equipped to study the Word and to push us out of laziness, wrong expectations, or feeling fearful, overwhelmed, or sadly unmotivated. I am so grateful for how the Lord uses women like this in our lives, even if we never know them personally.
Let us grow in being faithful imitators of God, dear ones, and as Jen writes, "trade mere human glory for holiness."
In case you didn't guess, I'd definitely recommend this book.