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Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives

Wendy Horger Alsup
Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives
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This resource presents the power of theology while exhorting women to apply what they believe about God in the middle of life's daily battles. Women in evangelical churches believe in God. However, when they are faced with life's battles-financial problems, job loss, serious... Read More

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This resource presents the power of theology while exhorting women to apply what they believe about God in the middle of life's daily battles. Women in evangelical churches believe in God. However, when they are faced with life's battles-financial problems, job loss, serious illness-they begin to question the God they know. "Can he really provide for my family?" "Can I truly trust him to get me through this crisis?" If such a woman is not grounded in her knowledge of God, the battles she faces threaten to shatter her wavering faith. Wendy Horger Alsup recognizes such dangers. In Practical Theology for Women, Alsup uses the power of theology to address practical issues in women's lives. Her book opens with a general discussion of theology and addresses the most fundamental and practical issue of theology: faith. Then she explores the attributes of God the Father, Son, and Spirit from Scripture, concluding with a look at our means of communicating with God-prayer and the Word. Throughout the book Alsup exhorts women to apply what they believe about God in their everyday lives. As they do this, their husbands, homes, and churches will benefit.

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  • Product type: Book
  • Format: Book
  • Release Date: Jul 30, 2008
  • UPC: 9781433502095
  • Height: 0.5
  • Width: 5.2
  • Length: 7.6
  • Volumes/Discs: 1
  • Pages: 154
  • Publish Date: Jul 7, 2008
  • Audience Age Maximum: 0
  • Audience Age Minimum: 0
  • BISAC: "REL012130 , REL067000"
  • ISBN: 1433502097

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Making Theology Practical--connecting faith and life by Laura Langley on 4/11/14
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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 Bible-believing Jesus followers. In fact, she says that studying who God is and what He does is “the root, foundation, and framework for practical living that reflects wisdom and understanding.”

So many theology books are so academic and formal that the reader feels talked down to. Not Practical Theology for Women! Alsup approaches the subject manner in a respectful but conversational manner, helping women feel at home thinking about and discussing theological issues, something they may have previously thought was only for men or for academics. I applaud Alsup for making this subject matter accessible to everyday women of all ages.

I also appreciated the way in which Alsup heavily relied on Scripture throughout the book, showing integrity in handling the Word of God and doing her best to avoid misinterpretation. Additionally, Alsup sprinkled the volume with some of her own life stories showing how theology and life meet and how theology should affect a believer’s daily life—truly showing how practical theology is! Alsup says one of the goals of the book is to “remove any disconnect between what we say we believe and what our actions show our true beliefs to be.” She leads readers to do just that.

Initially, I was struck by the shortness of this volume. I like the fact that it’s a thin one, encouraging those intimidated by theology to give it a try. Alsup does cover some topics typical of a systematic theology book: God as Creator, Father and Sovereign; Jesus as Savior, Bridegroom and Vine; and the Holy Spirit as Helper, Comforter and Counselor. Alsup also addressed prayer and God’s Word. I know that her goal was to make sure theology and life meet and mesh. So, I see why she covered the topics she did. At the same time, I hope Alsup will write a second volume of Practical Theology for Women to cover additional topics in systematic theology like Satan, angels, demons, heaven and hell, sin, salvation, and the church. I know women would appreciate her approach to these topics as well.

In the end, I highly recommend this book to all women who want to know God more and appropriate what they believe into everyday life. Practical Theology for Women is well-written, easy-to-understand and very biblical.

Wendy Horger Alsup (MEd, Clemson University) enjoys teaching theology to women and is the author of Practical Theology for Women, The Gospel-Centered Woman, and By His Wounds You are Healed. Alsup resides in Seattle with her husband, Andy, and two children.

* Note: I received a copy of this book from Crossway Books for this review. However, the opinions expressed in the review are my own.

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