Friday, September 05, 2008

Womanly Dominion

Mark Chanski has a new book out: Womanly Dominion: More Than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit.
The false stereotype of a Christian woman being a helpless and frail mouse, who passively shades herself under the parasol of her soft femininity, and adoringly waits for her husband to do all the heavy lifting, is shattered by the Scriptures.

Yes, the godly Christian woman wears beautiful ornaments that are “precious in the sight of God” (1 Peter 3:4b). But her jewelry is not only the necklace of “a gentle and quiet spirit” (1 Peter 3:4a), but also the bracelets of “strength and dignity” (Proverbs 31:17, 25).

Women, just like men, are called to the grand and challenging mission of subduing and ruling in their God-assigned spheres of life -- in personal godliness, in emotional resilience, in marital life, in motherhood, in the church, in the public square. That's what we explore in Womanly Dominion.
Here are a few blurbs:
"Finally--a book that brings together nearly everything God's Word calls a woman to be--from within herself to her marriage and family, as well as the church and the public square. Chanski's Womanly Dominion is Biblical Womanhood 101, a biblical, succinct, practical course that shows women how to think God's thoughts after Him, to align themselves with their holy and awesome calling, and to free themselves from the pressures of worldly thinking about womanhood. Chanski is at times very frank and direct, at other times witty and humorous, and remarkably open and courageous, but he is always biblical and realistic, and knows how to open up the fullness of the woman's massive calling. If women follow the advice contained in this book, they will be prayerful, joyful, content, fulfilled, and too busy exercising biblical dominion in every sphere of life to join the female murmurers and feminists of the twenty-first century!"
Joel R. Beeke

President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics
Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary Grand Rapids, MI

“Today’s woman wants freedom and power. Mark Chanski clearly and colorfully describes how we women can be liberated from feminist ideas, to exercise womanly dominion, as outlined in Scripture by the very God who designed us. We have dominion in performing our role as a wife, in nurturing our children, in managing our home, and in reaching out to others. Singles have dominion in work and in society. Our greatest privilege is to walk in the footsteps of Jesus, who humbly washed others’ feet. He said, “Whosoever of you will be the chiefest, shall be servant of all.” In the milieu of following God’s will, we can be content, fulfilled, and honored. Womanly Dominion is a must read for women.”

Mary Beeke
Author of The Law of Kindness

"Too many Christians, men and women, have bought into secular and even pagan notions of godly womanhood. Godly womanhood is not simply having the right ideas, or even simply the right doctrine. We do not need a generation of evangelical Stepford Wives, nor do we need a generation of Proverbs 31 Ann Coulters. Instead, the Scripture calls us to Christ-honoring heroic women with a gentle and quiet Spirit that is beautiful in the sight of the Lord. Mark Chanski calls us to this vision with grace, clarity, and conviction. This book will help women to grow in Christ. It will also help older women to mentor younger women. And it will help parents to raise daughters of dominion."

Russell D. Moore
Vice-President and Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Womanly Dominion is biblical, practical and compelling. Mark Chanski provides the church with a presentation of biblical womanhood that has the rare combination of winsomeness and theological clarity. If you care about the home and church you need to read this book.”

Randy L. Stinson
Dean, School of Leadership and Church Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
President, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood

"This is a fine book that lifts Christian women to their queenly provence--which reigns far above the mythical sovereignties of feminism. Read this book and be liberated! We highly recommend it."

Kent and Barbara Hughes
Retired Pastor of College Church, Wheaton, IL;
Authors of Disciplines of a Godly Man and Disciplines of a Godly Woman