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“The book of Proverbs is a gold mine of divine wisdom, and Lydia Brownback applies that wisdom in very practical ways to the issues women face. This is one of those books that should be studied more than simply read, and I can see it as a valuable resource for women’s Bible studies.”
Jerry Bridges, author, The Pursuit of Holiness

“If only we could pull up a chair across from the purple-linen-wearing Proverbs 31 woman to observe her inner strength, listen to her confident laughter, admire her reverent fear, and absorb her wise ways. That’s what readers get to do through the pages of A Woman’s Wisdom as we’re invited to saturate ourselves in the source of true wisdom—the Scriptures—where we find what we need for living in a world full of distractions, decisions, dilemmas, disappointments, and delights. This book lends itself to quiet mornings of reflection on your own as well as vigorous discussions with a group of good friends.”
Nancy Guthrie, Bible Teacher; author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series

“In a day when we’re often inclined to settle for helpful hints or pious platitudes, this book points us to the source of that rare commodity, true wisdom. Lydia Brownback has the depth of insight and the lightness of touch needed to make the book of Proverbs come alive for her readers. If your heart yearns for a solid place to stand in the shifting currents of your everyday life, you will find a sure guide and refreshing stream of truth here.”
Liam Goligher, Senior Minister, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; author, The Jesus Gospel

“Halfway through the first chapter, I thought, ‘My wife would love this book.’ Halfway through the book, I thought, ‘I love this book!’ My reasons are manifold: Lydia Brownback’s study of Proverbs is biblical, practical, straight-forward, convicting, instructive, transformative, and Christ-centered. With wisdom, wit, and carefully crafted sentences, Lydia Brownback’s study of Proverbs helps women (and men!) to rest in the source of all wisdom, Jesus. See if you might ‘love’ the book as well.”
Douglas Sean O'DonnellSenior Lecturer in Biblical Studies and Practical Theology, Queensland Theological College; author, The Beginning and End of Wisdom

“The beauty of proverbs is that, by their very nature, they are timeless and ageless. The smallest child can memorize and apply them on a surface level while the oldest adult can meditate on them and apply them over a lifetime. In this wonderful book, Lydia Brownback applies the proverbs to today’s Christian woman. With equal parts sound interpretation and heartfelt application, this book offers that same timeless, ageless wisdom to a new generation of women.”
Aileen and Tim Challies, author, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment; blogger, challies.com

“From the wisdom of Proverbs, Lydia Brownback draws wise and ever so practical applications for women. Her clear and consistent call is to embrace the full wisdom of God given to us in Christ.”
Kathleen B. Nielson, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

“Lydia Brownback has provided women with an excellent resource for unlocking the wisdom of Proverbs.”
Josh Moody, Senior Pastor, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois; author, Journey to Joy: The Psalms of Ascent 

“It is so refreshing to read a book that handles the kinds of things that every woman will face from one single perspective; the stunning wisdom of God. Too often books like this start with cultural assumptions that only serve to weaken their effectiveness in the end. It is only God’s wisdom that can help us navigate the pressures and insanities of the surrounding culture and teach us the freedom of being what we were created to be and living as we were created to live. Read and experience how God’s wisdom is eloquent and transcendent while being concrete and practical at the same time.”
Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

About the Author

Lydia Brownback (MAR, Westminster Theological Seminary) is the author of several books and a speaker at women’s conferences internationally. When time allows, Lydia blogs at lydiabrownback.com. She has served as director of editorial for Crossway’s Book Division; writer-in-residence for Reverend Alistair Begg; and broadcast media manager for Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, where she produced The Bible Study Hour radio program with James Montgomery Boice. Some of Lydia's books include the On-the-Go Devotional series as well as A Woman's Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway; 1 edition (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433528274
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433528279
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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Although the book of Proverbs was written as advice to young men in ancient Israel, it provides wisdom for all human beings. In A Woman's Widsom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything, Lydia Brownback takes that advice and applies it to the lives of 21st century women. But this is not just a book of helpful hints for an easier life. As Lydia writes in the preface:
Because the book of Proverbs provides us with a poetic road map of how God has designed the world to work, following its practical day-to-day guidance will surely make your life more pleasant. But disconnected from its divine source, even this will prove hollow in the end.
Throughout the book, Lydia takes us through the book of Proverbs, but more importantly points us to our ultimate hope, found only in Christ.

The nine chapters of this book are divided in three parts. Part one discusses what wisdom is and why it matters. The heart of the book, part two, explores six things wise women know. These six chapters cover our words, friendship, self-control, feelings, finances, and sex. The final part is an in-depth look at Proverbs 31.

All the book is solidly biblical and helpful. The final chapter on Proverbs 31 was, in my opinion, the strongest chapter in the book. This chapter is often boiled down to a giant, unrealistic "to-do" list, but Lydia managed to bring out the heart issues behind the actions, all while grounding it in the gospel.

I also enjoyed the study guide at the end. This is not just a handful of discussion questions tacked on the end, but a thorough exploration of the principles in every chapter. The questions meatier than those of many Bible studies on the market today.
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Wow what an awesome book! I loved every page and will be reading this book again and again. There is so much to learn and it is very easy to understand. The author, Lydia Brownback, does an excellent job making this a definite read for every woman. We all need wisdom in different areas of our lives. This book will show you that by understanding Christ, we will better understand the principles He is teaching in the book of Proverbs.

Every chapter has helpful information but the last chapter of the book delves into Proverbs 31 and is the best chapter. This chapter alone is worth buying the book for. I have read many books on Proverbs 31 and found this particular chapter in this book to have very realistic advice. Her explanations of the verses are practical and enlightening as well. The study questions at the end of the book are also excellent. There are extra verses to look up and questions to think about. A great way to really explore each chapter is to go through these study questions as well.

I gave this book 5/5 stars because it is exceptional and deserves it!

I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
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I am so excited I was able to review this book before it was released last week. A Woman's Wisdom: How the Book of Proverbs Speaks to Everything is an excellent women's devotional or bible study tool. This book may be mistaken for an easy read. Style wise it certainly is clearly written and easily understood, but the content is far from easy. As I read through a portion I have to stop, ponder on the truth presented, repent, praise the Lord, and then read on. It's taking a little more time than the average "Chicken Soup for a Chicken's Soul" book.

She starts, as should all books of this sort, by laying a clear foundation of the gospel, and clearly laying out the truth upon which all studies of wisdom must be built: the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom. In the Preface, she says, "The point of [Proverbs] is to direct us to the Giver of wisdom. . . .Wisdom is a Person, and wise is what we become through our union with him. The outworkings of wisdom - it's fruit - discussed in the following chapters are all rooted in this truth." With such a root, this book is a firm tree of biblical direction.

The book itself is laid out in a very clear manner. Part One is "What is Wisdom and Why Does It Matter" a fairly detailed comparison of wisdom and folly as found in Proverbs 1-3 and 8-9. Part Two is "Six Things Wise Women Know" dealing with her words, her friendships, her physical appetites, her emotions and her money and her sexuality. Finally, in Part Three, "A Portrait of Wisdom" Brownback takes a detailed look at the Proverbs 31 woman who has terrified and/or enraged women for millennia.

As Lydia Brownback lays out the wisdom of scripture in these areas, and then contrasts them with what the Lord says is folly, I am having to stop and repent of my own folly.
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The first time I really studied Proverbs was in the eleventh grade going through the Life Application Bible study workbook. I also remember a college freshman that I discipled and she wanted to study the book of Isaiah. Seeing this girl was on the brink of over committing her freshman year away I suggested Proverbs instead. I could see the disappointment all over her face. She wanted to read something "deep" and I was suggesting Proverbs. We went through it in a month as she was instructed to read a chapter a day and not read ahead, if anything read the same chapter over and over that day. She finally saw that Proverbs wasn't all that bad to read. I remember one night she actually said, "Proverbs has a lot of good stuff in it." I smiled and agreed. I love to see the light come on in a girl's head.

I feel like Lydia Brownback wrote, "A Woman's Wisdom," to let women realize Proverbs is a good book too. After all, the beginning of wisdom is fear of the Lord, as she covers this very statement in chapter one. Also in chapter one I love that she directly points this book to Jesus and also very directly calls you to your knees if you are not trusting in Jesus as your Savior. Props to Lydia. Very few Christian authors conduct an invitation in their first chapter they assume their readers are Christians.

This book is best read alongside Proverbs however you choose to read Proverbs. The author gives her suggestions in her introduction. I think this book would be a great addition to a small group of ladies that are going through Proverbs. The good thing about Proverbs and this book and you can really make this study as long or as short as you want it. The author quotes several other books leaving you to dig deeper if you so wish.
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