Women Living Well is an engaging and well-written book by Courtney Joseph. From the first question in the preface – which voice are you listening to – the book whets readers appetites for meaty, substantive counsel that will alert their ears to “the voice of the GREAT I AM.” And this book delivers just that meaty, substantive counsel. Each chapter is full of Scripture and its references with application of those Scriptures supported by noted biblical writers and scholars like Elizabeth George, Edith Schaeffer, John Piper, Emerson Eggerichs, Gary Chapman, and Elisabeth Elliot.
Courtney focuses on four areas in a woman’s life:
- her walk with the King (also her signature line on her blog);
- her marriage;
- her parenting; and
- her homemaking.
Some reviews I read critiqued the book for not focusing on a woman’s work-life or for not making enough concessions in the chapters on homemaking for working moms. But I wasn’t surprised or disappointed about the scope because the tagline states exactly what the book will cover, and work-life is not mentioned. The tagline is “finding joy man, your kids, and your home.” Also, Courtney does mention her own time in the full-time workforce. So I don’t think she turns a blind eye to the working mom. Still, even though Women Living Well addresses women in general, I agree with other reviewers that the book is more suited to Christian women who are married, who have children in the home, and who are at least open to, if not actively engaged in, homeschooling and homemaking.
My main concern with the books centers around the issue of homeschooling, and I believe Courtney knew this would be a touchy topic. Yet, I chafed at how she emphasized going to public school like it was something that needed to be openly confessed. Granted, I attended public school; but, I found college to be way more hostile to Christianity than high school. Still, I get it.
…statistics are not on the side of the public school; the numbers of those who walk away from their childhood faith after their teen years is staggeringly high (p. 151)
But there are mothers – Christian mothers – for whom homeschooling is simply not an option. So the chapter on homeschooling may be hard for them to read.
Despite those concerns, this book is a tremendous blessing providing lots of wisdom and practical guidance to its readers. Here are five examples of my favorite bits of meaty, substantive counsel found in the book.
- A Busy Mom’s Guide to Meditating on Scripture (p. 16)
- How to Water Your Marriage (p. 75)
- How to Banish Bitter (p. 88)
- Responding Wisely to Social Media as Parents (p. 127)
- How to Change the Atmosphere of Your Home (p. 167)
Courtney Joseph is a graduate of Moody Bible College, founder of WomenLivingWell.org, and co-founder of GoodMorningGirls.org. She is a full-time wife, homemaker and mom. And she homeschools her two children. Published in October 2013, Women Living Well is Courtney’s first book, and is published by Nelson Books, an imprint of Thomas Nelson.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Book Sneeze in exchange for my honest review, which I have provided.