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Product Details

  • Series: Re: Lit Books
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (July 7, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433502097
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433502095
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,607 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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I decided to read the book quickly, in order to give it to her for her trip.
TulipGirl
A practical book for Christians to remind us the importance of knowing God and having a correct theology of Him in order to better live a life of faith.
Deborah A. Martin
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.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Stark on September 4, 2008
Format: Paperback
Wendy Alsup, says the blurb, "enjoys teaching theology to women." That's what she's done at Mars Hill Church in Seattle, and that's what she does in this book.

The title calls this practical theology, but the term is not used in a way that sets practical theology apart as a specific type of theology. The point Wendy Alsup is making by using this term is that the study of theology, defined as "the study of God and deep religious truth," affects our lives in a very practical way. Theology, she says, "is the root, foundation, and framework for practical living...." She is using the term, I think, in order to appeal to those who believe that theology is something for the intellectuals or the super-spirituals in the church, but not something useful for the average Joe or--considering the intended audience for this book--Jane Christian.

But why have a theology book aimed specifically at women? Because most theology books are written by men for readers who are predominately men. By writing a theology book intended for women, Alsup hopes to "fight the unspoken mentality that theology is for men, while parenting, sewing, or dieting classes are for women."

Essentially, this is a very basic, entry level book of doctrine. It is more elementary than any entry level theology book I've seen. It's shorter, too, at 150 pages, and written in a more conversational style. I'd judge it to be geared for the lay person with no previous interest in theology.

There are three main sections in Practical Theology for Women: What Is Theology?, Who Is Our God?, and Communicating with Our God. The first section discusses the meaning of theology and faith and how they are related.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bina Hanchinamani Ellefsen on July 27, 2008
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If you are wondering whether "Practical Theology for Women," is a euphemism for dumbed-down theology or pop-psychology, let me assure you it is not. To the contrary, the major theme of this book is that seeking to know the "deep things of God" from Scripture empowers Christian women in daily living- from the mundane to the events that shake our world. Throughout the book, Alsup quotes robust sections of Scripture to draw out themes such as God's love for us, the role of trials in giving us greater glimpses into God's glory, and the role of discipline in conforming us to the image of Christ. Laying a sturdy foundation from Scripture, Alsup highlights key truths about who God is: 1) as the Father who lovingly adopted us into His family and who desires for us to come to Him with all our needs; 2) as the Brother who sacrificially gave His life for ours, bought our freedom and access to the Father, and who demonstrates by example how we ought to live; and 3) as the Spirit who is our counselor, comforter, sanctifier, and the guarantee of the redemption that awaits us. Humbly using examples from her own life, Alsup goes on to challenge women to examine whether our responses in daily life reflect what we know to be true of God in Scripture. She asks:
What enables one man to face open-heart surgery with calm assurance, while another man is devastated because his car transmission needs to be overhauled? What force drives one woman to near hysterics as she contemplates flying in a plane, while another woman seeks to encourage her family even as she shares the news that she has breast cancer? p. 30
Her answer to these questions is biblical faith- knowing the God of the Bible, trusting Him, and subsequently living like we do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alia on February 20, 2014
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I was torn on how to rate this. For what it is, this book is VERY GOOD. However I and a few friends agree it does not advertise itself correctly. This is the perfect book to introduce to someone who is interested in receiving the gospel, or has answered an altar call and is thinking "now what?" I do not agree with the assessment that you need already be a Christian to get anything out of it... personally, I would never have accepted the gospel without being acquainted with the concepts introduced in this book. Reading through the table of contents I said "yup, yup, yup..." and the chapters just expanded that. HOWEVER it is a well written, easy reading, concise explanation that I would recommend.

What I was interested in when I picked it up were chapters addressing predestination-how could God seemingly choose some and not others?; evil-did God want the devil to exist?; troubling sovereignty-how can a sovereign God allow the exploitation of children?

This book does not come close to those. Wendy argues that practical theology IS deep theology, and her book is written for women because others are written BY men FOR men. For one, I have never found a theology book to be audience-gender specific, and they were much more challenging and rewarding. I would consider this "for women" because of the high volume of personal narrative and constant reference to her own emotions. Like, a third of the book. If you are not a complete beginner to the faith, it's "deep" theology for the woman who is a Sunday-only learner, who enjoys lots of back story and struggles with God's character almost exclusively on a personal level, not a global or existential. NOTHING wrong with that! We need books for those too, just not what the book advertises itself as.
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Wendy Alsup is a wife and mom who loves math and theology. She has a master's degree in mathematics education and has written three women's Bible studies.

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