Thursday, June 7, 2012
Book Review: Pursuit of Proverbs 31 by Amy Bayliss
Pursuit of Proverbs 31, by Amy Bayliss.
In this book, Amy takes a new look at the Proverbs 31 woman, dispelling the myths and showing that God isn't interested in our works, but in our relationship with Him.
This book has a format similar to many devotionals, with recommendations to read scripture, and suggested questions to consider and actions to take at the end of each chapter.
My initial thought, upon receiving this book, and seeing the layout, was to use it for my morning devotions. What I discovered was, as a busy mom of little ones, the chapters were too long to fully digest a full chapter each morning. So I slowed down, and was enjoying reading just a portion of each chapter each morning until I realized that I wasn't going to finish the book in the time allotted for the review. So, I finished reading the book straight through, without taking time to read all the suggested scripture passages or truly digest the end-of-chapter thoughts. I plan to revisit this book at my own pace, for morning devotions, in the near future.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. I find the title somewhat misleading. The references to Proverbs 31 are pretty much just at the beginning. If you are looking for an in-depth look at Proverbs 31, or a verse-by-verse (or topic-by-topic) study, this isn't it. This is a book that points out, at the beginning, some of the misunderstandings about, and misapplications of, Proverbs 31. The rest of the book is really just a book focusing in what our priorities, as Christian women, should be. If that's what you're looking for, this is a great book!
I especially like the reminders to pray, and what to pray for, at the beginning of each chapter and the section at the end of each chapter that includes "Focused Thoughts", a memory verse, and then suggestions of ways to implement what the chapter has been discussing.
You can purchase the Kindle version of this book here or a .pdf version here.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.