Reviewed by Sheryl Root
What Women Want
by Lisa T. Bergren and Rebecca Price
"...the authors have created a 'one-stop' resource written in a fresh, conversational style that will be a welcome addition to any Christian woman's bookshelf."
What Women Want by Lisa Bergren and Rebecca Price tackles a variety of topics important to women such as—who we are in Christ, friendship, marriage, finances, physical appearance and emotions. While books on all of these subjects are plentiful in Christian bookstores, the authors have created a "one-stop" resource written in a fresh, conversational style that will be a welcome addition to any Christian woman's bookshelf.
The authors bring a variety of experience to the book that is rare—Lisa is a 40-year-old wife and mother of three, and Rebecca is a 55-year-old never-married single. This fact, along with the survey responses included throughout from a variety of Christian women, gives the book balance and diversity not often found in women's non-fiction. Chapters conclude with interviews of well-known Christian women such as Kay Arthur, Robin Jones Gunn, Liz Curtis Higgs, and many others.
Lisa and Rebecca rely on the Word of God as their plumb line throughout the book. Each chapter contains a sidebar called "Pit Thoughts versus His Thoughts." The "Pit Thoughts" are those lies of the enemy that we so often believe such as "I am too damaged to love" or "I'm lonely and forgotten." These are countered with God's Word on the subject, or "His Thoughts," such as "God will heal and restore me” (Jeremiah 30:17) and "God loves me like a mother cares for her babe” (Isaiah 49:15). I have never forgotten the day when (standing in my kitchen of all places!) God spoke to my heart about this same concept—that I need to look to His Word to tell me the truth of who I am and not my own, or others, thoughts or opinions. This means so much in my life that I value any book that shares this liberating truth with others.
What Women Want is divided into two parts. Part 1 contains the narrative chapters on each topic, and Part 2 contains discussion and bible study questions that correspond to the chapters in Part 1. These questions can be done individually or in a small group, making this an excellent resource for women's bible studies.
One chapter that really hit home with me was "The Mind at Rest: Finding Peace and Contentment." It shares how one of the biggest barriers to satisfaction in our lives is the "what if, when, if only" speech we give ourselves. You know the speech, it tends to go something like "when I have graduated from college then I can…" or "if only I could write like so & so, then I would…" or "when I get married, then I will be …" These are the thoughts that keep us from living our lives to the fullest in the here and now. Face it; if we are waiting for our lives to become perfect before we really live, it will never happen. As Kathy Boyles, women's ministry director, so wisely says "… you never get to that perfect place in life where everything comes together. You have to live in the now or you'll regret it later."
There is a thorough section of additional resources at the back of the book for those interested in digging deeper into the topics addressed. What Women Want is a great resource to add to any woman's library.
Sheryl Root is Partner Database Manager at OneHope, a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach every child with God’s Word. She’s also a writer and a reader of everything she can get her hands on … books, blogs, magazines. In other words, she’s both a data geek and a book nerd. She loves to be able to support Christian authors and spread the word on great books and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, a wonderful community of published and yet to be published writers. You can follow her on Twitter at @Sheryl_Root.