Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Book review: Woman of Strength: Learning from the Proverbs 31 Woman
Woman of strength is a nice devotional which focuses on the various aspects of a woman in Psalm 31. There are a few main divisions which focus on an aspect each, such as prayer, fasting, etc.
When I say it's nice, I mean just that. It is a surface devotional, not quite challenging the reader to live the life described in the psalm. Instead, it uses examples of saints and how they lived their life. While some may say that's a personal challenge, all it felt to me was superficial and didn't challenge me on my relationship with God. It also relied heavily on quotes by saints and popes. I would have liked to see more scriptural examples to encourage me, but I understand this is a Catholic devotional (it was a gift to me. I'm not Catholic) and the idea is there.
It is also catered more towards older women, likely with children, and so I couldn't relate to a lot of the stories. But for those who fit the criteria, I'm sure it would have been good. This is a devotional for Catholic women who aren't in need, or in the place, to be challenged, and instead need something to focus their daily prayers.