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Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives Paperback – July 7, 2008
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About the Author
Wendy Horger Alsup (MEd, Clemson University) teaches theology to women, blogs regularly, and is the author of several books.
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have read other theology books that I like better. This is pretty basic.Published 10 months ago by Sharon L Newnham
Excellent, excellent book!! This book has done wonders for me in my walk with Christ, giving me a whole new perspective and understanding or who I really am and who God really is,... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Tamara Smith
Author: Wendy Horger Alsup
Title: Practical Theology for Women
Publisher: Crossway Books
Reading Level: Moderate
While deep, abiding... Read more
I’ve been a Christian for 15 years. I’ve always avoided the word theology. I did not understand it and it scared me. Read morePublished on May 13, 2014 by Melissa Waters
Wendy Alsup puts forward a great resource for women in this book. Writing in a conversational style, she does a wonderful job of painting the surface of the beginner-basics of... Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by Kristi
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... Read morePublished on April 11, 2014 by Laura Langley
I have a passion and love for theology. However, I often feel that I am in the minority in my desire to study more about God. Read morePublished on April 10, 2014 by Debi Martin