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The uniqueness and privilege of being a woman.
on October 18, 2010
The True Woman Movement, a ministry of Revive Our Hearts, is a worldwide, grassroots movement with the goal of helping women:
Discover and embrace God's design and mission for their lives
Reflect the beauty and heart of Jesus Christ to their world
Intentionally pass on the baton of Truth to the next generation
Pray earnestly for an outpouring of God's Spirit in their families, churches, nation, and world
The movement was launched in 2008 in Chicago when over 6000 women gathered for the unveiling and signing of the True Woman Manifesto at the first True Woman Conference. Moody Publishers recently sent me a copy of Voices of the True Woman Movement: A Call to the Counter-Revolution, which is a collection of the messages from that conference, by John Piper, Nancy Leigh DeMoss, Mary Kassian, Janet Parshall, Joni Eareckson Tada, Karen Lorritts, and Fern Nichols. Each message made up one chapter.
I thoroughly enjoyed the entire book, but I found several chapters particularly inspiring. In Chapter 1, John Piper was outstanding as usual, reminding women of who we are in Christ, exhorting us to embrace it as our highest calling. He drove home the point that "wimpy theology makes wimpy women" and gave several examples of women who were NOT wimpy...such as fourteen year old Marie Durant, a French Christian who was arrested in the seventeenth century for being a Protestant and spent thirty-eight years...the rest of her life...imprisoned rather than saying simply "I abjure." Wow. According to Piper, "the ultimate meaning of true womanhood is this: A distinctive calling of God to display the glory of His Son in ways that would not be displayed if there were no womanhood." Great stuff.
Another favorite was Chapter 2. Nancy DeMoss was nothing short of inspiring as she expounded on Romans 11: 33-36:
Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How
unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! "For
who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor?"
"Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?" For
from him and through him and to Him are all things. To him be
glory forever. Amen.
No matter our situation, God's riches go deeper still...
Nancy DeMoss deeply touched me again in Chapter 4, with insights from the book of Esther. No matter how familiar the story is, I always seem to be inspired in new ways each time I consider it. Consider this:
"In all of life, it's important to recognize that there are always two stories going on at the same time-two perspectives, two worldviews, two ways of looking at life. There's the drama that you can see, and then there's the drama behind the drama. There's the obvious plot, as well as the plot beneath the plot. The first plot is the visible, human one-the drama taking place on earth...You see, the natural visible story is not the ultimate story. Backlighting the human plot and story is a heavenly drama, an unseen story that's always going on behind the scenes in the spiritual realm. It is the Kingdom of God, overshadowing and outdistancing the kingdom of man as God fulfills His eternal purposes through the events on earth."
I loved Janet Parshall's insights from the story of Hannah in Chapter 5. I'm always inspired by Joni Eareckson Tada's thoughts so I enjoyed Chapter 7, God's Jewels, where she discussed the necessity of the refining and molding (or sometimes scouring and sandblasting, as she called it!) process we all go through as God shapes us into the precious jewels he wants us to be. Fern Nichols' thoughts on leaving a lasting legacy through prayer in Chapter 8 were inspiring and motivating.
I found the book affirming and found myself wishing I'd discovered this movement in time to arrange to attend the conference that just took place in Fort Worth this past weekend, right here in Texas! Each of the contributors added a different facet to the picture. Voices of the True Woman Movement reminded me of the uniqueness and privilege of being a woman of God and offered me fresh motivation to do my job well!
Thanks so much to Janis Backing at Moody Publishing for providing a review copy of Voices of the True Woman Movement to me.