Thomas Nelson – 2011 – ISBN-13: 978-0-8499-4648-6
I cannot decide which way to fall on this book. There are so many relevant and timely points in Lisa Harper’s book. Yet, as a male, I found so many illustrations beyond my reach. I realize this is probably the way many women feel as they read male oriented books. It became apparent there was too much estrogen ( my wife’s phrase) when we began to hear about Lisa’s tah-tahs being squashed in the first chapter.
With that said, here is my real review. This book is easily accessible in terms of scripture and the construction of each chapter. Each chapter starts with a funny anecdote which flows into a scriptural story from Jesus’ life. From the story, the chapters contain a exposition of His story followed by an application to our stories. This allows the book to be read over several sittings instead of all at once. This feature also serves to allow the study guide at the end of each chapter to inform the reader and help the reader to grow.
As for topics covered, Lisa Harper obviously has a large range of experiences that allow her to talk to women from all walks of life. Her Master’s of Theological Studies allows her to speak at a higher level and yet her stories are full of humility and honesty. She is accessible to any woman and insightful to all. I wish I could say that anyone could read her book and be challenged. However, her obvious target audience keeps men from being able to engage her in this book. Too often I found myself reading beyond the illustrations. Since this is “part diary, part devotional” (back cover), I think men would miss too much of the book for it to be a worthwhile read.
It really is a travesty because I felt like there was so much I could get out of this book. In the first chapter, I empathized with Lisa as she relayed waiting for her cancer results. I could feel sad for her family as she, her mom, and her brother were present at her dad’s death. Just every so often she would go just a little too far for me as a male reader.
I realize that this book is written for women. I guess I also realize how little I know about them.
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