If you have pondered these questions, then the book “The Accidental Feminist: Restoring Our Delight in God’s Good Design” by Courtney Reissig is for you. Courtney begins her book by sharing her own view of the feminist movement and how it affected her thinking as a young woman. She explains the difference between complementarians and egalitarians.
Women like me call ourselves complementarians, believing that God created men and women equal, yet different. And our differences are designed to complement one another.
Using scripture, Courtney walks us through Genesis 2 explaining God’s design for us as women. She effectively defines what it means to be a helper.
Growing as a helper means having a Philippians 2:5-11 mindset, where we consider humility and service as more important than our immediate glory. It is not demeaning, any more than Christ laying his life down for us was demeaning of his full deity.
I love that she places great emphasis on being part of a local church and developing and cultivating your gifts within it. She also addresses the issues of submission, modesty and our homes.
Purity is not a list of rules to be followed. It is not a ring to be worn or a card to be signed. It is a lifestyle (Titus 2:4-5). It is a lifestyle of a person who has been bought with Christ’s blood and loves God the Father. It is a lifestyle of war, where we daily flee from sin (1 Cor. 6:18).
The purpose of the home is to be a place of refuge, grace and productivity-not a platform for me to prove what a great homemaker I am. God is to get the glory in our homes.
Ultimately, that is what we do when we delight in the design God intended us to fulfill. We bring Him glory and show the world who God is. I highly recommend this book for those wanting to do just that.
I received this book from Crossway Publishers in exchange for a honest review.