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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; Revised edition (June 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581346158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581346152
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Carolyn's warm, practical, biblical, God-centered approach offers the mature mentoring that women of every age yearn for at times. For some, Feminine Appeal may be an excellent stand-in for the mentor they lack right now. For others, it will wonderfully complement the relationship they have with an older friend of the Titus 2 sort."
John and Noël Piper, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis

"We love this book! It's a godsend for both wives and their husbands. It gives women a clear vision of biblical femininity and shows men what to encourage their wives towards. Carolyn has been a friend and mentor to Shannon, and we're thrilled that through these pages she provides women of all ages the same honest, convicting, and hope-filled guidance."
Joshua and Shannon Harris, Author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye

"We'll give this book our ultimate endorsement—we have given it to all our married daughters! Carolyn offers the kind of godly, seasoned counsel that is desperately needed by women today. She is practical, authentic, and biblically based. This book ought to be required reading for every woman—married or single!"
Dennis and Barbara Rainey, Founders, FamilyLife Today

"Feminine Appeal has had a huge impact on the women of our church. Carolyn writes with a wonderful blend of soundness, encouragement, humility, and practicality that makes this book one of the best on the market for women desiring to please God in these most basic and crucial of life callings. Feminine Appeal has been the single most valuable book on Titus 2 living for women that I (Connie) have ever read."
Mark and Connie Dever, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

About the Author

Carolyn Mahaney is a wife, mother, and homemaker. Having spent over thirty years as a pastor's wife, Carolyn has spoken to women in many churches and conferences. She is the author of Feminine Appeal, Girl Talk, Shopping for Time and True Beauty. She blogs with her daughters at www.girltalkhome.com, a blog focused on biblical womanhood. Carolyn and her husband, C. J., are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.

Nancy Leigh DeMoss is the host and teacher for Revive Our Hearts, a daily radio program for women heard on 250 stations. Since 1979, she has served on the staff of Life Action Ministries in Niles, Michigan. She is the author of A Place of Quiet Rest, Lies Women Believe and the Truth That Sets Them Free, and A Thirty-Day Walk with God in the Psalms. She has shared her burden for personal and corporate revival throughout North America and abroad.


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This book is a great encouragement to be the women God called us to be, and serve in the way He called us to serve.
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143 of 147 people found the following review helpful By Tim Challies TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
I do not always choose the books I review. Sometimes I am able to request specific titles from publishers but other times titles arrive unannounced. This provides me with the opportunity to review books that I would not, under most other circumstances, read. Such is the case with Feminine Appeal, written by Carolyn Mahaney. I left the book in my shelf for several weeks before I dared to open it up. I was gratified to see that it was endorsed by many men far more godly (and masculine) than myself, so if someone is going to laugh at me for reading it, they will also have to mock John Piper, Josh Harris, Mark Dever, Wayne Grudem, Dennis Rainey and Randy Alcorn. I feel that I am in good company, and so much so that I can even admit that I found the book tremendously enjoyable.

Feminine Appeal is, of course, written primarily for women. Having prepared several audio tapes which examined Titus 2, Mahaney was challenged (apparently by Mark Dever) to publish these presentations in book format. Nancy Leigh DeMoss says that as she listened to these tapes "my heart rejoiced at her evident love for the truth and her clear, compelling presentation of this passage that outlines the " curriculum" that should be at the heart of all ministry by and to women. I was delighted when Carolyn agreed to put that teaching in book form."

Mahaney extracts seven feminine virtues from verses 3 to 5 of Titus 2. The verses read as follows:

Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Donna on November 2, 2004
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This is one of the best books I have ever read in the realm of being a Godly wife and mother. It is like having a godly mother who has raised children from infanthood to adulthood and had a happy marriage sit down and share what are the most important ways you can be a blessing to your family and husband. It really emphasizes the importance of family relations over worldly success and materialism. I would highly recommend it to anyone struggling in these roles or a new wife and mother.
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48 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Kelly McCants VINE VOICE on November 30, 2006
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Feminine Appeal is a very Biblically sound book with good advice for Christian women seeking to become more Godly in their roles as mothers and wives. It is encouraging and inspiring.

Mahaney categorizes seven important virtues that are important to us as wives and mothers if we are to fulfill our roles as God intends us to: loving our husbands, loving our children, self-control, purity, working at home, kindness and submission. She devotes a chapter to each of these virtues. She also includes are remarkably inspiring picture of a woman at the end of the book who excelled at these virtues, and the impact her life made on all those who encountered her. She shares in true Titus 2 style: an experienced mother and wife counseling younger women based on her own experience and dedication to God.

I really believe this book will be best appreciated by married women with children. Yes, for any Christian woman who forsees these roles in her life at sometime in the future this type of advice is also helpful, but I would be hesistant to recommend Feminine Appeal to anyone not already in both roles.

There are study questions at the end of the book for group discussions, which was a draw for me when selecting this book as a study for my book club. Please don't select the book because of those questions. Most truly don't lend to very good group discussion. Many of them are tasks for the reader to complete on their own to help apply each chapter, with not so many questions targeted for chapter discussion with others.

All the above said, I felt this book was only OK. It just didn't stand out to me amongst all the other books on the market on how to mature in your role as wife and mother. Most of the book was a compilation of other works and others' ideas.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Stark on November 26, 2007
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Feminine Appeal is based around what Carolyn Mahaney calls the seven feminine virtues listed for us in Titus 2:3-5:

"Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled."

Each of the positive characteristics listed in these verses--loving one's husband, loving one's children, being self-controlled, being pure, working at home, being kind, and being submissive to one's husband--is given a chapter of it's own to discuss ways to cultivate that characteristic. I'd say that this little book is one of the ways Carolyn Mahaney carries out the command in the first part of the quoted passage: that older women teach younger women how to behave in a way that promotes the gospel by showing how it transforms lives.

I always come to this sort of book with a bit of apprehenshion, because there are a couple of concerns I have about "how to live" books in general. I'm happy to be able to say that Carolyn Mahaney's managed to walk the tight-rope and avoid these possible weaknesses for the most part.

One concern I have is that the real life examples given in a book of this kind will set such high standards that they will be discouraging rather than encouraging to women who are young and inexperienced.
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