August 10, 2016

Book Review: Becoming a Woman of Excellence

Becoming a Woman of Excellence, by Cynthia Heald is a non-fiction devotional and/or study book that's geared towards women. This copy is the 30th anniversary edition that's been revised and updated by the author.

In the Preface to the 30th Anniversary Edition, the author shared, "When I wrote the original preface for Becoming a Woman of Excellence thirty years ago, I had no idea that I would have an opportunity to revise this book. God has been gracious to keep His hand on this study--and me--so that I could share my journey of excellence as a certified older woman.... May you discover the great joy of taking God at His word and walking with Him daily in order to become a woman of excellence who brings Him honor and glory."

This book is divided into four main parts: The Goal, The Cost, The Prize, and The Praise. These parts are divided into eleven chapters, which include the following: Excellence: A Goal Worth Pursuing, God's Character, Becoming Like Christ, Rooted in Surrender, Exemplified by Obedience, Molded by Discipline, Guarded by Discretion, Made Precious by a Gentle and Quiet Spirit, Perfected by Purity, Proclaimed by Wisdom, and Excellence: Portrayed in the Life of a Godly Woman. There are additional sections, such as Preface, Preface to the 30th Anniversary Edition, Suggestions for Using This Study, A Guide for Bible Study Leaders, About the Author, and Notes.

Each chapter provides study material for bible studies and small groups, as well as for individuals. With a major focus on scripture references and suggested biblical passages to read, there are questions to discuss among group of ladies and/or to personally consider during devotional time. 

Becoming a Woman of Excellence is an encouraging and challenging book, which is geared towards women of all ages, from teenagers to older generations. It's a quality biblical resource for "becoming a woman of excellence for the honor and glory of God."

Note: I received this book from Tyndale Blog Network, 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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