June 16, 2016

Book Review: Women Living Well

Women Living Well: Finding Your Joy in God, Your Man, Your Kids, and Your Home, by Courtney Joseph is a non-fiction book that includes the author's personal experiences with scripture verses and references interspersed throughout the book.  It's written in a conversational tone, as well as it's encouraging to women, yet challenging them to focus on their lives and living well. 

In the book's introduction, Joseph shares, "The voice of the Lord is powerful and majestic, yet it is nearly impossible to hear over the clamor of this world."  The author continues, by imploring readers, "Will you join me on a journey to be women living well as we intentionally block out the world's noise and tune in to the voice of our Creator?  He loves us, and He longs to speak to us.  Be still and listen with me.  Come.  Let's walk with the King."

This book has four main parts: Your Walk with the King, Your Marriage, Your Parenting, and Your Homemaking. These parts are divided into twenty chapters, as well as an introduction and conclusion.  The titles include the following: Which Voice Are You Listening To, I Want the Spa, but I Need Solitude with God; No Time for a Quiet Time; How Thirsty Am I; The Effects of the Media Revolution; Never Walk Alone; The Time-Warp Wife; Marriage in the Age of Media; Banishing Bitterness to Find Happily Ever After; The "Completing Him" Marriage Challenge, Week 1; The "Completing Him" Marriage Challenge, Week 2; The Influence of a Mother; Parenting in the Digital Age; Motherhood Mess-Ups; I'm Gonna Blow My Top; Schools of Thought, Schools of Choice; Juggling Homemaking, Ministry, and Work; Making Your Home a Haven; Routines That Bring Rest; Media and Your Homemaking--Times Have Changed; Discipline and Diligence: The Proverbs 31 Woman; and Conclusion: What Is Your Driving ForceAt the beginning of each chapter, there's a scripture verse or quote pertaining to the chapter's theme.   

The author writes about practical ideas and various suggestions to implement into daily life.  Also, Women Living Well and Good Morning Girls are two of Joseph's ministries that focus on women.  On page 226, it states that the author's "desire is to see women living well through discipleship in God's word.  This led her to co-found the rapidly growing, online Bible study community at the Good Morning Girls website. There, thousands of women, globally, join together daily to dig into their Bibles through online devotionals, videos, free Bible reading plans, and tech-based accountability groups." 

Women Living Well is geared towards women, particularly ideal for married women with children; however, several chapters span beyond that basic premise.  The readers may be single or married, have many children or none, and serve as a housewife or work in an office.  This book is recommended to all women, from young adults to older generations.

Note: I received this book from Book Sneeze, which is a program designed for bloggers to write book reviews in exchange for books, yet the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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