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The Back of the Book:  Who are you?

Many Christian women rarely, if ever, ask themselves that question.  But knowing who you are as a woman – and as a Christian – can make a real difference in how you see yourself and others.

Elisabeth Elliot can help you find answers that make a difference.  She suggests that the place to start is by asking not ‘Who am I?’ but ‘Whose am I?’  In Let Me Be a Woman, she writes candidly about what it means to be a Christian woman, and she unabashedly tackles tough issues including:

  • Subordination
  • The single life
  • Self-discipline
  • Masculinity vs femininity
  • The right kind of pride
  • What makes a marriage work

Whether you are young or not so young, single, engaged, married, or widowed, you will better understand how you fit into God’s plan, and you will come away with a wonderful snese of peace about who you really are as a Christian woman.

NotJustLaura’s Review:  My understanding is that Mrs Elliot wrote this book as a series of notes or short essays to prepare her daughter for marriage after the announcement of her engagement.  The Elliots’ writings have strongly influenced the Ludys’ writings so when I picked up this book I was expecting something rather earth-shattering.  To tell the truth, I was a bit disappointed.  This is the first Elliot book I’ve read and I found the format – the short essays – didn’t really hold together very well.  I think I would have preferred a more formal ‘This is what I think about womanhood … and here are the arguments …’   Instead Mrs Elliot seemed to present ideas and then stop writing just as things were getting interesting.  That said, the book is what it is – a collection of essays written for her daughter.  Maybe it wasn’t the best place for me to start and I will certainly approach the other books with an open mind.


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