I just finished reading a short book by John Piper that is just *full* of wisdom and Godly truths. It's called: "What's the Difference? Manhood and Womanhood Defined According to the Bible" (found HERE on amazon). Now this is not a *formal* review...just a sharing of my heart to yours.
I am very set on proper roles for men and women. Saying that, though, opens a whole can of worms, doesn't it? People start protesting with *but this* and *but that*. I am not saying that there are not instances where women have to take over the normal role of the man (such as when a husband is disabled etc.) and I am sure there are other reasons things have to be different than the "ideal"...but those should be the exception, not the norm.
I have so, so many things underlined in this book that I would love to share with you. Instead of quoting them all...instead I completely recommend this book to each of you. You won't be sorry you have it! Read and re-read it. Soak it in and search out the scriptures Piper uses to reveal how manhood and womanhood is defined in God's Word!
And oh, how I LOVE this quote:
Isn't that just wonderful? Men and women are *different*...but this is because we are not created to be the same. We are to complement one another. Where Chris is strong, I am weak. Where he is weak, I am strong. He is called to lead his family...I am called to submit. Is that always easy? No...but because he is to love me as Christ loves the church, Chris takes my opinions and knowledge into account before making a final decision. He is not domineering. In all actuality, he has *such* a weight on his shoulders...such a responsibility in leading. He was created to bear this load whereas I was not. I am created to *help* him. He is created to *need* me and I am created to *need* him...just in different ways. I don't see why feminists find this so offensive? I find it beautiful!
At the end of the book, Piper has a list of challenges for men and women. I wrote it out and personalized it for me to read and grow from. This is kept in my Bible to read and put into practice.
If you have read this book...I would love to know what you thought of it! Right now, I am reading Queen of the Home and plan next to read Desperate: Hope for the Mom Who Needs to Breathe.
I would love to hear what you think about the roles God gave men and women!
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