The Life-Ready Woman: Thriving in a Do-It-All World
By Shaunti Felhahn & Robert Lewis
Available in paperback and eBook versions. B&H Books, 2011; ISBN: 1433671123; 272 pages.
(This review was originally written and posted on my main blog 24 February 2011.)
I have to admit: when I started this book, I didn’t like it. The
first few pages smelled of feminine empowerment and sexual superiority.
While I believe in sexual equality, I do not believe in sexual sameness.
Men and women were created differently on purpose and it is to our
greatest advantage to invest and rejoice in those differing strengths.
So, I was nervous. “Here comes another feminist who wants me to roar and
run over my man.” But being familiar with FamilyLife (an organization promoting this book), I kept reading.
As I got past the first few
pages, I was delighted to discover this author seeks to uphold God’s
truths while affirming the wonderful position women have in our culture
and time in history. Even better: She seeks to view our position in this
post-modern world through the lens of God’s unchanging Word. We have
unrecognizable freedom when compared with our foremothers and oppressed
sisters in other countries. It is our privilege to seize that freedom
and use it for God’s glory.
But how do we balance that freedom with the call to be wives,
mothers, and more? How do we juggle housekeeping with jobs and soccer
schedules and piano lessons and personal ambitions? Not to mention
marriages and in-laws and neighbors and ministry and a healthy,
growing relationship with God? That’s what this book is about.
Sure, we can do it all, but will we do it all well? What sacrifices
are made when we spread ourselves so thin? And are those sacrifices
The Life Ready Woman
equips readers to be deliberate with our choices so that we can live
the fulfilling lives God intended for us without guilt or regret. The
further I got into this book, the more valuable I found it. In fact I
plan to enthusiastically recommend it and the accompanying video series
for an upcoming study through our church.
Final Thoughts: If you're struggling to balance all that you feel you need to do, you need to read this book. I know you think you don't have time, but trust me. It will help.