I may have recommended this book more times than any other. Simply put, it touches on a deep passion of mine to encourage women to study the Word of God for themselves. We live in a world where hundreds of resources are being marketed to Christian woman that are watered-down or full of false doctrine, and the best way to keep from buying into these messages is by spending time in the Bible–being diligent students of it and knowing truth for ourselves. And that is exactly what Jen Wilkin equips women to begin to do in this book.
She writes in a very light-hearted way that brings lots of giggles, and then uses those humorous illustrations to drive points home. She helps to establish a framework for approaching God’s Word correctly rather than through another tainted lens. She gives some simple tools to begin to study the Bible deeply for yourself, and shares some things to be watchful of or to avoid.
It’s a great book to go through on your own or with a group of ladies (which is what I’m actually getting ready to do)! I highly recommend it as a tool that will help you know and love God more.
A few quotes from the book:
“The heart cannot love what the mind does not know.”
“We must make a study of our God: what he loves, what he hates, how he speaks and acts. We cannot imitate a God whose features and habits we have never learned. We must make a study of him if we want to become like him. We must seek his face.”
“For years I viewed my interaction with the Bible as a debit account: I had a need, so I went to the Bible to withdraw an answer. But we do much better to view our interaction with the Bible as a savings account: I stretch my understanding daily, I deposit what I glean, and I patiently wait for it to accumulate in value, knowing that one day I will need to draw on it.”
“We must love God with our minds, allowing our intellect to inform our emotions, rather than the other way around.”