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288 pages
Aug 2004
Moody Publishers

Designing a Lifestyle That Pleases God: A Practical Guide

by Pat Ennis & Lisa Tatlock

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This is the best book I've read for Christian women this year! -- Stacy Oliver, Christian Book

Pat Ennis and Lisa Tatlock have written an excellent new book. Ennis is the establishing chairperson of the Home Economics Department at The Master's College in California, and Tatlock is an associate professor there, after serving at Christian Heritage College in San Diego. The book is divided into ten chapters, some authored by Ennis, some by Tatlock, and some a collaberative effort.

Frankly, I have a tendency to approach "women's books" with some trepidation. Some are so lacking in content as to be a waste of time, and some are so full of sanctimonious commandments and condemnation as to be depressing. This book is neither. It has the biblical framework and depth that one would expect from The Master's College staff, yet it is also graciously encouraging. In discussing the importance of taking care of oneself physically, Ennis writes, "(The Wise Woman) balances the care of her home with the care of her body to avoid becoming a worried, frazzled, and defensive woman who sacrifices herself on the altar of domesticity or physical fitness."

Perhaps one mark of a good book is its universality. Taking into account the specific applications of Proverbs 31 and Titus 2, the principles are for everyone. The table of contents alone lists contentment, stewardship, management, and other traits that are not exclusive to women, and the sub-sections in each chapter are further testimony to the book's wider application: trustworthiness, unselfishness, preparedness, honor, and so on.

Although I did not take the time for this review to answer the questions at the end of each chapter, I found them to be thought-provoking, biblically based, and helpfully practical. One woman I know who has read the book became overwhelmed trying to look up every single Scripture reference as it appeared, and soon gave up. A better approach might be to read the book through first, and then go back through for more detailed study. This would be an excellent tool for a small group study. -- Pam Glass, Christian Book

Book Jacket:

How does one live out being a "wise woman?" This guide gives feet to the life-changing message of Becoming a Woman Who Pleases God. The authors have included practical ideas for personal growth based on Scripture's instruction to "be wise". This guide will challenge women to delve deep into the wonders and blessings of being a woman who please God.