The wow-factor of my kids’ birthday parties?
The visibility of certain muscle groups in my arms, legs, and torso?
The ease and finesse with which I can entertain a party of twelve, self-publish a book, or create deck furniture from wooden palettes?
Are any of these a worthy means of measuring my excellence?
Not according to Cynthia Heald who challenges all of our preconceptions in the Thirtieth Anniversary Edition of Becoming a Woman of Excellence. She examines a biblical concept of excellence like a finely cut gem, turning it to reveal each face and its sparkling qualities:
- Discipline of the mind, will, emotions, body, and time.
- Discretion, which is defined as “saying and doing the right thing in the right way at the right time.
- A Gentle and Quiet Spirit: an inner beauty that has nothing to do with appearance and everything to do with security in God’s loving sovereignty.
- Purity, a holiness that arises from a life of abiding in Christ.
- Wisdom: Hearing the Word of God and also living it in our every day life.
Cynthia draws from the Old Testament book of Ruth and the woman featured in Proverbs 31 (along with many New Testament passages) to highlight the beauty of excellence. (Is it possible that Ruth, Solomon’s great-great grandmother, left such a legacy in her family that her memory inspired Solomon to write that famous last chapter of Proverbs?) Each chapter is an inspiring collection of Scripture, relevant quotes from a wide range of authors, and probing questions to stimulate deeper thinking.
There is a cost to the pursuit of excellence, and a life lived with conviction involves a level of obedience and surrender that does not come naturally. However, the prize of becoming a woman who fears the LORD and follows Him whole-heartedly is beyond price, and it is a goal well worth pursuing.
This book was provided by NavPress, in alliance with Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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