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Have you ever wanted to understand the deep things of the Word but been put off by the intimidating vocabulary of theologians? Have you assumed that studying the attributes of God is for seminary students only? Or maybe "just for men"? Have heavy doctrinal themes felt beyond you and your everyday world? If so-if you've ever thought theology was too deep, too impractical, o Have you ever wanted to understand the deep things of the Word but been put off by the intimidating vocabulary of theologians? Have you assumed that studying the attributes of God is for seminary students only? Or maybe "just for men"? Have heavy doctrinal themes felt beyond you and your everyday world? If so-if you've ever thought theology was too deep, too impractical, or too irrelevant for your life as a woman-this book is for you. As author Wendy Alsup explores fundamental theological issues you've always wondered about-minus the daunting vocabulary and complex sentence structure of academic tomes-she brings them into real life... into your world... and reveals the heart of true theology. It's really about "simple yet incredibly profound stuff that affects our daily lives," she says. Stuff like faith and gaining a right knowledge of God as the foundation for wise daily living. Alsup writes: "Truly, there is nothing like a good grasp of accurate knowledge about God to enable you to meet the practical demands of your life-the practical demands of being a daughter, mother, wife, sister, or friend." Let Practical Theology for Women show you the everyday difference that knowing God makes.


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Have you ever wanted to understand the deep things of the Word but been put off by the intimidating vocabulary of theologians? Have you assumed that studying the attributes of God is for seminary students only? Or maybe "just for men"? Have heavy doctrinal themes felt beyond you and your everyday world? If so-if you've ever thought theology was too deep, too impractical, o Have you ever wanted to understand the deep things of the Word but been put off by the intimidating vocabulary of theologians? Have you assumed that studying the attributes of God is for seminary students only? Or maybe "just for men"? Have heavy doctrinal themes felt beyond you and your everyday world? If so-if you've ever thought theology was too deep, too impractical, or too irrelevant for your life as a woman-this book is for you. As author Wendy Alsup explores fundamental theological issues you've always wondered about-minus the daunting vocabulary and complex sentence structure of academic tomes-she brings them into real life... into your world... and reveals the heart of true theology. It's really about "simple yet incredibly profound stuff that affects our daily lives," she says. Stuff like faith and gaining a right knowledge of God as the foundation for wise daily living. Alsup writes: "Truly, there is nothing like a good grasp of accurate knowledge about God to enable you to meet the practical demands of your life-the practical demands of being a daughter, mother, wife, sister, or friend." Let Practical Theology for Women show you the everyday difference that knowing God makes.

30 review for Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amy Merritt

    My reasoning for giving this book a low rating isn't to do with the content itself, but more so with the the title and its implications. A better title for this book would be "Practical Theology For New Believers." There is zero content in the book specific to women or our role; rather it is called Practical Theology for Women based on the assumption that because you are a woman you must know nothing about theology and find faith intimidating and something better left to men. In doing this it fe My reasoning for giving this book a low rating isn't to do with the content itself, but more so with the the title and its implications. A better title for this book would be "Practical Theology For New Believers." There is zero content in the book specific to women or our role; rather it is called Practical Theology for Women based on the assumption that because you are a woman you must know nothing about theology and find faith intimidating and something better left to men. In doing this it feels like it's just reinforcing the stereotype it claims to want to fight. That being said, the content is good, scripturally sound, and gives good basics for those new believers it *should* be named for.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Renee Young

    I once was told by a supposed christian that theology was fictitious, man-made system, and a waste of time. I haven’t been able to shake those comments since, because I know how ignorant it was. So what is theology? It’s the “study of God—who he is and what he does” (27), or an understanding of God’s character “that comes from Scripture alone” (64). This book is a great introduction to orthodox Christianity. I would recommend this book to every new believer, women who have been in toxic therapeut I once was told by a supposed christian that theology was fictitious, man-made system, and a waste of time. I haven’t been able to shake those comments since, because I know how ignorant it was. So what is theology? It’s the “study of God—who he is and what he does” (27), or an understanding of God’s character “that comes from Scripture alone” (64). This book is a great introduction to orthodox Christianity. I would recommend this book to every new believer, women who have been in toxic therapeutic women’s ministries, those who are intimidated by studying Scripture, and any women who longs for a deeper understanding of sound doctrine. Alsup provides detailed insight to her personal trials and her wrestling over God’s character as revealed in the Bible. She outlines many of the Lord’s attributes and points us to the authority of all of Scripture. Theology isn’t just for scholars and men, though women tend to traditionally stand clear of a rich study of our great God. The one thing I appreciated the most in Alsup’s book was her use of rhetorical and thought-provoking questions that cause for real reflection by the reader. This book may be slightly repetitive and elementary for someone who is well versed in doctrine; however, I found this book to be helpful in refreshing me in God’s sovereignty and refocusing me on the seamless narrative of all of Scripture. “Proper theology is not complex, but it is fundamentally important for all believers, because knowing our God and understanding his character are essential tools that enable us to exercise wisdom in our daily lives” (61).

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marianne

    This book came highly recommended by two pastors wives so I was eager to read it despite my general dislike of the "for women" theology genre. While the author is dead on in the biblical truth that we need to "take our thoughts captive" with and that we must tell ourselves what is true about God from his Word, her pendulum swings too far in the direction of the head and mitigates or even ignores the heart. This is likely a reaction to the over emphasis of feelings based Christian books for women This book came highly recommended by two pastors wives so I was eager to read it despite my general dislike of the "for women" theology genre. While the author is dead on in the biblical truth that we need to "take our thoughts captive" with and that we must tell ourselves what is true about God from his Word, her pendulum swings too far in the direction of the head and mitigates or even ignores the heart. This is likely a reaction to the over emphasis of feelings based Christian books for women, but the cost is middle (also biblical) ground which encompasses both.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Schad Manuel

    This is a small, clearly-written overview of theological concepts. Unlike many women's ministry books, there is no fluff and only a small amount of anecdotes to help the reader with application. These anecdotes show that the author is both honest and open, yet focused on God rather than herself. The author grounds each concept in scriptural references and uses a variety of translations and word studies to help solidify the profundity of God's word. This is a small, clearly-written overview of theological concepts. Unlike many women's ministry books, there is no fluff and only a small amount of anecdotes to help the reader with application. These anecdotes show that the author is both honest and open, yet focused on God rather than herself. The author grounds each concept in scriptural references and uses a variety of translations and word studies to help solidify the profundity of God's word.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This is a wonderful book for new and old Christians alike. While there was no new content to me, the author does a great job of presenting truths I already know and reminding me why they are important. The language of the book is straight forward and easy to read, perfect for a new Christian. While there is no content specifically for women, I believe the title was chosen to encourage women that theology is not above them. I hear from so many women who have been taught or think that spiritual tru This is a wonderful book for new and old Christians alike. While there was no new content to me, the author does a great job of presenting truths I already know and reminding me why they are important. The language of the book is straight forward and easy to read, perfect for a new Christian. While there is no content specifically for women, I believe the title was chosen to encourage women that theology is not above them. I hear from so many women who have been taught or think that spiritual truths can only be gleaned by trained professionals so they don't need to bother with Bible reading. Alsup shows any Christian should desire to know God personally and any Christian can study God's Word! I recommend this, even if you've been saved for years. If nothing else it's a beautiful reminder of what we have in Christ.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Megan K. Brown

    Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives by Wendy Horger Alsup is an immensely helpful resource for growing believers or those who desire to step out of the malaise of perpetual infant Christianity into greater spiritual maturity. The new or stagnant Christian will find much to facilitate such growth here. Alsup walks the reader through her own remarkable and yet ordinary spiritual journey of growing in faith, trust, and dependence on God. She then co Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives by Wendy Horger Alsup is an immensely helpful resource for growing believers or those who desire to step out of the malaise of perpetual infant Christianity into greater spiritual maturity. The new or stagnant Christian will find much to facilitate such growth here. Alsup walks the reader through her own remarkable and yet ordinary spiritual journey of growing in faith, trust, and dependence on God. She then convincingly argues the case for why women should care about theology at all. Finally, she guides us through the attributes of God and our responses to Him. Alsup writes simply and clearly, which will be appreciated by those who are most likely to be drawn to this book. She is extremely practical, being consistent with her title, by raising questions and then actually answering them in a precise and unambiguous way. This will, no doubt, be very satisfying and helpful to those who have been frustrated by other Christian authors who assume too much of their audience. For example, she spells out in the finest detail how to live a life with joy despite our circumstances in chapter 10. How liberating this would be to encounter early in one’s life as a believer! One could sit through years of sermons without ever gaining a full picture of this. (I speak from experience.) Probably, my favorite portions are in chapter 9. I love how she fleshes out kenosis. I, unfortunately, learned the truth about Christ-like humility (not thinking of oneself at all) later in life. I’ve only read articles written by Wendy Horger Alsup before. It was nice to delve a little deeper into her writing. Highly recommend.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christabelle

    I really enjoyed this. The verses were spot on and the chapters were short. I love that the focus is Jesus and the theme of his redemption woven throughout the Bible. I remember the joy of discovering that Jesus is the Prophet mentioned by Moses in Deuteronomy, so when the author mentions the beauty of seeing "the connections between Jonah and the gospel, between Judges and Jesus Christ ", I could relate. Her story of God's faithfulness was encouraging and set up the practical aspect of the book I really enjoyed this. The verses were spot on and the chapters were short. I love that the focus is Jesus and the theme of his redemption woven throughout the Bible. I remember the joy of discovering that Jesus is the Prophet mentioned by Moses in Deuteronomy, so when the author mentions the beauty of seeing "the connections between Jonah and the gospel, between Judges and Jesus Christ ", I could relate. Her story of God's faithfulness was encouraging and set up the practical aspect of the book well. Anyone daunted by the thought of "theology " or wondering what to do with it should read this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Julia Forrester

    Wendy does a great job of writing a very approachable, short, concise book on the basics of the Christian faith. Are you wondering what Christians really believe? Wendy does a great job of explains the basic doctrines of the Christian faith in words and examples that anyone can understand. This book is for the new Christian that is trying to understand her new faith. This book is for the woman who has gone to church her whole life but not sure how God and theology have anything to do with the da Wendy does a great job of writing a very approachable, short, concise book on the basics of the Christian faith. Are you wondering what Christians really believe? Wendy does a great job of explains the basic doctrines of the Christian faith in words and examples that anyone can understand. This book is for the new Christian that is trying to understand her new faith. This book is for the woman who has gone to church her whole life but not sure how God and theology have anything to do with the day to day grind. This book is for the mom who needs to be reminded of the importance of teaching these doctrines to her children. This book is for every woman.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Navey

    this is a great little book jam-packed with gospel truths. My least favorite part about this book was that it was called Practical Theology for Women, when really it was just theology for everyone with a bird on the front. However, I understand she was targeting women because women desperately need to know their theology but are typically too busy, too overwhelmed, or too afraid to try. Wendy lays down some thick theology in this book, but it is in no way heavy or overwhelming. the chapters are this is a great little book jam-packed with gospel truths. My least favorite part about this book was that it was called Practical Theology for Women, when really it was just theology for everyone with a bird on the front. However, I understand she was targeting women because women desperately need to know their theology but are typically too busy, too overwhelmed, or too afraid to try. Wendy lays down some thick theology in this book, but it is in no way heavy or overwhelming. the chapters are broken into small sections, so anyone can manage to read a little bit every day. I believe whether you're new to the faith or have been a Christian your whole life, this is a book you should read and gift to others.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey Haro

    A really great start for any woman wanting to know more about theology.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    My review of this book is based on my experience with it as the study book for a small group of seminary students' wives that met throughout the school year. I was biased against this book from the start. After reading some of my husband's books from his classes, I felt that this book was overly simplistic. When I received it and saw how small of a book it was, the girliness of the cover and the title itself, I sort of predetermined that I wouldn't like it. My opinion hasn't changed too much ove My review of this book is based on my experience with it as the study book for a small group of seminary students' wives that met throughout the school year. I was biased against this book from the start. After reading some of my husband's books from his classes, I felt that this book was overly simplistic. When I received it and saw how small of a book it was, the girliness of the cover and the title itself, I sort of predetermined that I wouldn't like it. My opinion hasn't changed too much over the course of the year, but I have felt convicted over my hesitancy to read it thoughtfully and with an open mind. Most of what I got out of this book was related more to the in-depth disussion that the women had than what was actually written in the book. The author provides study questions which we partially used and partially modified to stimulate better conversation. Without this disussion, I probably would have rated this "just OK" or two stars. To be fair, my outlook probably influenced, to some extent, how much effort I put into getting something out of this book. On the other hand, books that truly have influenced me haven't made it work to be inspired. Nevertheless, there were positive elements and I think it could be a helpful book for muliple demographics. For the most part, I found the theology to be very biblical. I can't think of anything that really stood out to me as contrary to scripture. That is definitely something to appreciate about this book admist all of the watered down books out there. I also appreciated the structure of the book. The topics flow well from one to the next and build in a logical, impactful progression. The author writes in a very tender, personal style and her experiences and analogies lend themselves to the "practical" nature of theology that she is driving at. Overall, I would recommend this book as a quick refresher or to someone who may be new in their walk as a believer. This could be a great book for someone mentoring a new believer to go through together and the book is a natural fit for discussion groups. For Christian women who are more established in biblical theology, I would either look for something a little more in depth or be sure to use the book (and the modifiable discussion questions) as a jumping-off point for deeper discussion. Truth is truth and you can never hear solid bibilcal truth too many times; however, for the eager mind/heart, this book may leave you wanting.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I’ve been a Christian for 15 years. I’ve always avoided the word theology. I did not understand it and it scared me. That is until I came face to face with “Practical Theology For Women.” This book helps you discover what theology really is. Why we need to know what theology is and how to apply it to our lives. It also leads us how to live a life theologically. Do you personally feast on God’s Word daily? Or do you find one word or nugget and choose to survive on it daily, weekly, monthly, so on… I’ve been a Christian for 15 years. I’ve always avoided the word theology. I did not understand it and it scared me. That is until I came face to face with “Practical Theology For Women.” This book helps you discover what theology really is. Why we need to know what theology is and how to apply it to our lives. It also leads us how to live a life theologically. Do you personally feast on God’s Word daily? Or do you find one word or nugget and choose to survive on it daily, weekly, monthly, so on… Don’t settle for an appetizer, pull up a chair and enjoy a theological feast daily. I know what you are thinking, you don’t have time, I am not in ministry, I am not a Bible student, etc. Pick up a copy of this book “Practical Theology For Women. How Knowing God Makes A Difference In Our Daily Lives” by Wendy Horger Alsup and find out you do have time and how to gain wisdom and knowledge from the Word yourself. Don’t be spoon-fed God’s Word anymore. Feed yourself. Do you say you believe one thing and your actions differ? We say we believe, trust God, but then we speak doubt and seek to find answers on our own apart from God. Quote “To say we have faith in Jesus while living a life characterized by anxiety and worry is to deny Him by our actions, if not our words”

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kodee

    I would like to clarify that this is a great book for someone that is just learning about Theology. Everything is spot on and explained in a way that is easy to understand and easy to apply to ones own life However, this book really doesn't hold much meat to it. Its a wonderful refresher, but not much to grasp on as far as anything very deep. I also finished this book confused as to what in the world it had to do with women. Am I not smart enough to understand deeper theological books and simply I would like to clarify that this is a great book for someone that is just learning about Theology. Everything is spot on and explained in a way that is easy to understand and easy to apply to ones own life However, this book really doesn't hold much meat to it. Its a wonderful refresher, but not much to grasp on as far as anything very deep. I also finished this book confused as to what in the world it had to do with women. Am I not smart enough to understand deeper theological books and simply need a water downed version?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Eunice

    Studying it has shown me the depth, and simplicity of theology for everyday life. It has been so peaceful to study something slowly and simply, allowing God's character to shine through to our mind and heart. Studying it has shown me the depth, and simplicity of theology for everyday life. It has been so peaceful to study something slowly and simply, allowing God's character to shine through to our mind and heart.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Deon

    A simple and clear overview on practical theology, as it applies to women. This would be a great read for anyone looking for an intro to basic theology or others who are just looking for a refresher.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Winchester

    Wendy’s book is a great starter for anyone who hasn’t yet taken a step in the study of theology. I bought the book thinking maybe I’d learn something I hadn’t already, and I didn’t, BUT the timing of finally reading her book was God-ordained. So what if I already knew it, I needed a reminder. At this time in my life, I needed that reminder in word usage that didn’t require a whole lot of contemplation. I needed Truth to soak my soul, and that’s what this book did for me. I gave it three stars on Wendy’s book is a great starter for anyone who hasn’t yet taken a step in the study of theology. I bought the book thinking maybe I’d learn something I hadn’t already, and I didn’t, BUT the timing of finally reading her book was God-ordained. So what if I already knew it, I needed a reminder. At this time in my life, I needed that reminder in word usage that didn’t require a whole lot of contemplation. I needed Truth to soak my soul, and that’s what this book did for me. I gave it three stars only because I typically read books a little more in depth, but I didn’t think this book was as shallow as others have said. I also could careless about the title invoking stereotypes—that’s just a silly argument in my personal opinion. Most theological books are too heady and too geared after men. Do I think women can’t read those books? Again, that’s just silly. We can. Just most women won’t. Some women like to read books written specifically to their gender because the covers are more aesthetically appealing. Literally picked up this book because the color was soothing and there were little birdies on it. Ha I know, I know. Never judge a book by its cover. However, a beautiful cover will entice the beholder into what could be a treasure. For some women, this book will be a treasure. For new believers, or believers struggling like me to keep Truth reigning in their hurting hearts, this book will help set their hearts and minds on things above.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jordan Berg

    My favorite part about this book was the way it asked such practical questions for application. A few examples: “Is your first reaction in trials to think fast and do something or to rest and wait patiently for God’s hand to work?” (p. 73) and “Do I believe that the Word of God alone contains God’s complete instructions to me and that it is sufficient to equip me fully for every action to which he has called me?” (p. 135). Overall, a great reminder that the Word of God contains all that we need My favorite part about this book was the way it asked such practical questions for application. A few examples: “Is your first reaction in trials to think fast and do something or to rest and wait patiently for God’s hand to work?” (p. 73) and “Do I believe that the Word of God alone contains God’s complete instructions to me and that it is sufficient to equip me fully for every action to which he has called me?” (p. 135). Overall, a great reminder that the Word of God contains all that we need to know about the Lord and that getting to know Him through the Word and prayer should be our priority in growing in wisdom above all else.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Smith

    Quotes “It’s obvious from these Scriptures that wise, practical daily living is preceded by a knowledge of God that leads to fear, awe, and reverence of him, his power, and his purposes. In other words, theology is the root, foundation, and framework for practical living that reflects wisdom and understanding.” “Theology is basically just the study of God—who he is and what he does. Proverbs says that such knowledge of God is the foundation for wise living. So we study theology that we may know Go Quotes “It’s obvious from these Scriptures that wise, practical daily living is preceded by a knowledge of God that leads to fear, awe, and reverence of him, his power, and his purposes. In other words, theology is the root, foundation, and framework for practical living that reflects wisdom and understanding.” “Theology is basically just the study of God—who he is and what he does. Proverbs says that such knowledge of God is the foundation for wise living. So we study theology that we may know God and be enlightened to the benefits of our relationship with him.” Wendy Alsup

  19. 5 out of 5

    Allison Griffiths

    Great summary of theology. Covered most of the theology I learned in 4 years at a Baptist college. It's a fast read that would be super helpful for women who are new to the faith, busy moms looking to learn more and the those who have walked long with Jesus who just need a quick reminder. It's a book every household would find helpful, quote able, referenced and shareable. Great summary of theology. Covered most of the theology I learned in 4 years at a Baptist college. It's a fast read that would be super helpful for women who are new to the faith, busy moms looking to learn more and the those who have walked long with Jesus who just need a quick reminder. It's a book every household would find helpful, quote able, referenced and shareable.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I think that this is a great book. But the title needs to be changed. To Practical Theology for beginners. I think this is a great book for both men and women to read if you want a into to theology. Over all it is a good book for those that just start there walk with Christ.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Graham Heslop

    This short book has everything, for men as much as women: a gospel tonic, arguing that theology is applicable through the unpacking of God's nature and works This short book has everything, for men as much as women: a gospel tonic, arguing that theology is applicable through the unpacking of God's nature and works

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Greco

    I don't know why it took me so long to find this book but Im glad I finally did. Alsup is clear, practical, and so encouraging. I bought five copies to give away for Christmas. I don't know why it took me so long to find this book but Im glad I finally did. Alsup is clear, practical, and so encouraging. I bought five copies to give away for Christmas.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Libby Hart

    Awesome book. Love her overview of the importance of studying practical Theology!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    Very good concuse, baseline theology. I kept finding myself feeling so thankful I attend a church body that believes in teaching theology to ALL the people.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily Madison

    Though I would generally place this in the hands of any woman new to reformed theology, it serves as a great refresher for reformed women of all ages to keep on hand at all times.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alissa Danielson

    "Theology, at its most basic sense, is simply the study of God. Proper theology is not complex, but it is fundamentally important for all believers, because knowing our God and understanding his character are essential tools that enable us to exercise wisdom in our daily lives. As we study who God is and what he does, we are equipped to deal with the big and small issues of life. Knowing God and acting in faith in light of those beliefs is key to a life that is pleasing to God. Know him, and the "Theology, at its most basic sense, is simply the study of God. Proper theology is not complex, but it is fundamentally important for all believers, because knowing our God and understanding his character are essential tools that enable us to exercise wisdom in our daily lives. As we study who God is and what he does, we are equipped to deal with the big and small issues of life. Knowing God and acting in faith in light of those beliefs is key to a life that is pleasing to God. Know him, and then act like you know him. That is faith." - Wendy Aslup, Practical Theology for Women

  27. 5 out of 5

    Laura Langley

    In her new book Practical Theology for Women, author Wendy Horger Alsup shows women that theology (the study of God) isn’t just for men or for academics, but it’s for all Bible-believing Jesus followers. In fact, she says that studying who God is and what He does is “the root, foundation, and framework for practical living that reflects wisdom and understanding.” So many theology books are so academic and formal that the reader feels talked down to. Not Practical Theology for Women! Alsup approac In her new book Practical Theology for Women, author Wendy Horger Alsup shows women that theology (the study of God) isn’t just for men or for academics, but it’s for all Bible-believing Jesus followers. In fact, she says that studying who God is and what He does is “the root, foundation, and framework for practical living that reflects wisdom and understanding.” So many theology books are so academic and formal that the reader feels talked down to. Not Practical Theology for Women! Alsup approaches the subject manner in a respectful but conversational manner, helping women feel at home thinking about and discussing theological issues, something they may have previously thought was only for men or for academics. I applaud Alsup for making this subject matter accessible to everyday women of all ages. I also appreciated the way in which Alsup heavily relied on Scripture throughout the book, showing integrity in handling the Word of God and doing her best to avoid misinterpretation. Additionally, Alsup sprinkled the volume with some of her own life stories showing how theology and life meet and how theology should affect a believer’s daily life—truly showing how practical theology is! Alsup says one of the goals of the book is to “remove any disconnect between what we say we believe and what our actions show our true beliefs to be.” She leads readers to do just that. Initially, I was struck by the shortness of this volume. I like the fact that it’s a thin one, encouraging those intimidated by theology to give it a try. Alsup does cover some topics typical of a systematic theology book: God as Creator, Father and Sovereign; Jesus as Savior, Bridegroom and Vine; and the Holy Spirit as Helper, Comforter and Counselor. Alsup also addressed prayer and God’s Word. I know that her goal was to make sure theology and life meet and mesh. So, I see why she covered the topics she did. At the same time, I hope Alsup will write a second volume of Practical Theology for Women to cover additional topics in systematic theology like Satan, angels, demons, heaven and hell, sin, salvation, and the church. I know women would appreciate her approach to these topics as well. In the end, I highly recommend this book to all women who want to know God more and appropriate what they believe into everyday life. Practical Theology for Women is well-written, easy-to-understand and very biblical. Wendy Horger Alsup (MEd, Clemson University) enjoys teaching theology to women and is the author of Practical Theology for Women, The Gospel-Centered Woman, and By His Wounds You are Healed. Alsup resides in Seattle with her husband, Andy, and two children. * Note: I received a copy of this book from Crossway Books for this review. However, the opinions expressed in the review are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Yes, I'm the guilty one of unintentionally bifurcating the necessity of linking theology to practical application. Guilty as charge. The chief theologian-sinner of complicated doctrine. While at the same time, I make no apologies for watering down theological depth. In comes this book! Though not a treatise, it's a wonder primer on some fundamental doctrinal areas with an emphasis on how there's a direct correlation on behavior: theology proper, the substance and object of faith, the perfections Yes, I'm the guilty one of unintentionally bifurcating the necessity of linking theology to practical application. Guilty as charge. The chief theologian-sinner of complicated doctrine. While at the same time, I make no apologies for watering down theological depth. In comes this book! Though not a treatise, it's a wonder primer on some fundamental doctrinal areas with an emphasis on how there's a direct correlation on behavior: theology proper, the substance and object of faith, the perfections of God displayed in His mercy, kindness, sovereignty, and goodness, the Trinity, union with Christ, justification, glorification, sanctification, a Christocentric hermeneutic, and the means of grace extended to the church (and mankind in general) viz. prayer and the Word. Unfortunately though, this has little to do with an actual women's focus on theology: theology is for everyone, so you can't really alter it for a women's only audience (though the "practical" examples tend towards that direction.) And the author readily admits that. However, Wendy does a great job of making some heady theological nomenclature palatable, especially for newer believers or those intimidated by Berkhof, Kuyper, Turretin, Bavnick, Gruden, Frame, et al. (see I'm doing it again). For women, I guess they may more easily be susceptible to intimidation and watering down theological concepts? I don't know. But if you want something more than blase, vanilla, devotional Christianity, this is an excellent guide into deepening your faith. I will say, I did learn more fully the Spirits role in our lives - He is the agent of sanctification, instrumenting the Word, POINTING TO CHRIST. The Spirit humbles Himself in obedience by pointing to the second person. We confess Christ as Lord because of the Spirit. When we are infatuated with the ministry of the Spirit, but off balanced on our view of Christ, we misunderstand the Spirit's role. My. Mind. Is. Blown. Guys. God is good. Really good.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emilee

    I really enjoyed this book. I have been in a weird funk since I came back home from school. I was used to daily being constantly encouraged in fellowship and taught new things about Christ outside of straight Bible study. I was used to always talking about God with other people, hearing their discoveries about the treasures they had been show by Christ through their study and gaining of knowledge. But, not that I am at home, it is not as easy to be filled spiritually as I was at school. I have t I really enjoyed this book. I have been in a weird funk since I came back home from school. I was used to daily being constantly encouraged in fellowship and taught new things about Christ outside of straight Bible study. I was used to always talking about God with other people, hearing their discoveries about the treasures they had been show by Christ through their study and gaining of knowledge. But, not that I am at home, it is not as easy to be filled spiritually as I was at school. I have to seek harder and spend more time pursuing God...which has been amazing. And I suppose how it is supposed to be. And I think this book definitely helped to encourage me in this transition phase to seek deeper into Scripture and into the character of God. Along with Bible study and going to church, this has been a perfect supplement. No book about the Bible or about the character of Christ is as good of a resource as the Bible itself is, but this is a good encouragement nonetheless. I had learned so much of this information already, but it was a great refresher, and I still had so much I needed to learn and focus on. I enjoy books like that. Books that no matter how much you have learned already, you still learn so much more. I highly recommend this book to women looking for practical wisdom on Theology, or for those who are curious about Christ and what this whole Theology thing is about in the first place. Read it!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eilidh

    3 stars feels a little harsh, but due to the lack of half stars and the fact I don't feel I can give 4, it has to be 3. I'm going to write a longer review on my blog in the next few days, but briefly: there is a lot of good in this book; many useful and insightful observations and good knowledge. However, some of the depth the author goes into is deeper than can be adequately explained in a book this length. It gets a bit muddy at times, which is a problem when the aim is to help women understan 3 stars feels a little harsh, but due to the lack of half stars and the fact I don't feel I can give 4, it has to be 3. I'm going to write a longer review on my blog in the next few days, but briefly: there is a lot of good in this book; many useful and insightful observations and good knowledge. However, some of the depth the author goes into is deeper than can be adequately explained in a book this length. It gets a bit muddy at times, which is a problem when the aim is to help women understand theology better. Personally, I would recommend "Bitesize Theology" to be read first which gives a good introduction to the topics discussed here, then move to this book. There are a variety of pros and cons, and ultimately I feel the pros outweigh the cons, but still, that would be my recommendation.

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