The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Titus 2:3-5
It is our job ladies, our calling. Recently I was asked for ideas for teaching materials; I do read a lot and have been mother to two young women that have embraced the Word of God, despite the imperfect mothering they had. Didn’t we all have imperfect mothers? Even Jesus did. The inquiry began after finishing a book that I think any woman could benefit by, with the understanding that you are comfortable with being challenged. The Choice is Yours, by Terrie Chappell.
And so, the list begins: The Choice is Yours, by Terrie Chappell. This is an excellent book because it address our freedom and responsibility to choose wisely. The freedom of choice is a gift of God and may be one of the greatest determinants in our lives.
Off Script, by Cary Schmidt. As with the first selection, this book is a must read and probably a re-read, no matter your age. The subtitle tells the story: What to do When God rewrites Your Life. It is a book to help you work through things when your life is interrupted by the devastating. It is a book to help you maneuver trials that will change your life. How you handle them will greatly determine how your life is transformed. We are never too young to know how to respond to events that threaten to tear our hearts apart.
Lies Women Believe, by Nancy Leigh DeMoss and Dannah Gresh. This book does not use the Authorized Version of the Bible, but I cannot disregard the content. I would advise anyone teaching it to prayerfully consider best how to teach the book. It contains much good and timely information.
Your Clothes Say it For You, by Elizabeth Rice Hanford. And they really do. This is a subject that many find tabu in today’s society and I stand in judge of no one, nor am I qualified to. To say that God does not care what you wear is foolishness. God clothed Adam and Eve with specifically chosen clothing denoting their significance. God cared very much about clothing in the Garden; I think He cares today. On the matter of dress, few would argue that it has not become a concern. By considering what the Scriptures have to say with an open heart and mind, the Holy Spirit of God will lead you to dress in a way that allows you to be lovely, and a lady.
Is Your Fruit Sweet or Sour?, by Karen Finn. This book was just finished by a young group of women in a church that partners with us. I know that pastor’s wife, so I would not hesitate to include this suggestion. The title should give each one a pause, to consider this question in their own life. Although I had not read it, I did give a copy to an “aged woman that teaches the young women”.
This list of books will be updated. If you have suggestions, please let me know of the book and why you feel it would be beneficial.
If we are to do better in the future, we must disturb the present. Catherine Booth