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Book Review: ‘Women of the Word’ by Jen Wilkin

From new believers to seasoned Christians, I have found this book to be a profitable read for all women in the faith, no matter where you are in your journey and relationship with God.

Anchoring your approach to the Word in understanding

There is no doubt that there are quite a few books in Christian bookstores that aim to equip you how to read and study the bible, but fewer that I have come across as well accessible as ‘Women of the Word’ which explains why as well as Jen Wilkin. Having breezed through this book I feel assured more than ever as to why and how I should approach scripture, as well as understanding why and how some methods are actually counterproductive and dangerous.

Throughout her book, Wilkin provides biblically sound reasoning to the weight and importance of knowing the word well and has offered me some incredible and God centred truths and tools to enrich a lifetime’s study in knowing God.  Having read this book, it’s helped me discern ways in which we approach scripture that barely touches the surface of who God is or, worse still, offers us a shallow and false idea that the Bible is a mere roadmap or user manual for our life, of which I have been guilty of. I am thankfully reminded through “Women of the Word” that the Word is God’s story and primarily a book about Him, and I am invited to examine, study and fall in love with the person and work of Jesus throughout the whole of Scripture all over again.

Tools to Dig

Is it too much for me to say how excited I am with all the gifts that came with the book? Not physical gifts, but gifts of knowledge and practical tools that will serve me a lifetime. I can only imagine the depths and the riches of the gospel and knowledge of God that I have yet to uncover with all the new digging tools Wilkin has communicated to me through her book.

One of the tools that I am most excited to utilise is prayer. I truly can’t wait to really start praying within my time in the Word; to commune with and speak to the Father as His Spirit reveals Himself to me through the Word of God, that has been made into flesh, which is Christ. As Wilkin puts it,

Prayer invokes the fellowship of the Trinity in your study time, a sweet and necessary fellowship for any student of the Word.

Moreover, for even the more seasoned students of the Word, I have found that this book has helped given me the language and understanding to help equip other women who are struggling or discouraged by in studying the Word. I have so far been able to use illustrations and practical tips to help equip other women and to also encourage and inspire.

Painting a vision for the profit in knowing God

The author empathetically witnesses the reward of overcoming the frustration, confusion, busyness and even indifference that we may all feel towards God’s Word. She witnesses to the profit of labouring through some of the hardest texts and encourages me to do so not only for my own personal relationship but also for the furtherance of the gospel.

I am further encouraged to invest in my knowledge of God for the long-term profitability, comparable to a long-term financial investment or my RSP, for the purpose of making God known more throughout the equipping and building of the church. I better understand the weight and necessity for women in the church to be grounded in the knowledge of the Word that we might not be swayed by the abundance of false teaching and doctrines invade our churches. Because of this, my heart wants to contribute more to my local body that I might help and serve and equip others into knowing God’s Word for themselves that they too might discern false teaching and grievous doctrinal error. Knowing my personal responsibility to know and loving God through the washing and renewing of my mind in His Word and the joy set before me, I am more thankful that I get to hold His word in my hand, my mind and my heart.

The God of the Bible is too lovely to abandon for lesser pursuits. I want women everywhere to develop a deep and abiding love for him through the study of the test that makes him known. – Jen Wilkin

| DISCLAIMER | As part of this review, Crossway has provided a complimentary e-copy of this book to me through Beyond the Page.

 

 

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  • Great review! Another friend also recommended this book, and I can’t wait to dig in. I’m putting together a resource list of tools to help someone learn to study the bible as a free gift on my blog. Do you have any other recommendations for books, blogs, podcasts, etc? Thanks!

  • This book sounds so great Lorraine!! Can’t wait to check this out and add it to my “need to read pile”. Thank you!!

    • Thanks Olivia!! :) let me know what you think when you do :)

  • Hmmm interesting. I’ve read Kay Arthur’s book on How To Study Your Bible. I liked that book although at times the methods suggested there are the best and ONLY way to study Scripture. I want to have a look at Jen Wilkin’s book. Thanks for sharing!

  • Looks like I need to pick this book up!!!

  • I loved this book! I was able to hear Jen speak at the Gospel Coalition Women’s conference, and absolutely love her heart for women becoming Biblically literate!

    • No way! Was there at TGCW14 too, did you go to the blogging workshop or one of TGC workshops to hear her?

  • Nice! I read that Kay Arthur book too…. I loved all the techniques and skills she taught in that book and still use them today.

    What I appreciated about Wilkin’s book (which does feature a couple of inductive study methods) is that it shows you why. I find that when I understand why something is good or important, I am more compelled to respond to truth. In this case, I am more compelled to study the word because I understand why it’s so richly beneficial and enjoyable. ;)

  • That’s awesome Whitney! Would love to check that out!

    I love using the ESVbible.org, audio bibles for car rides, DesiringGod.Org, TheGospelCoalition.org are solid theological resources, and Kay Arthur’s How to Study the Bible is great!