Thursday, June 7, 2012

Book Review: Pursuit of Proverbs 31 by Amy Bayliss

As part of the CWA Review Crew I had the opportunity to review 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.

1 comment:

Amy Bayliss said...

HI! Thank you so much for reviewing the book. I'm so glad you took an interest in it.

I wanted to encourage you to read through it again. I noticed you mentioned that you felt the title was misleading and that you were looking for something to study it verse by verse. This book is based solely Proverbs 31 and my experience with trying to live these verses line by line as I had been previously taught and realizing just how unbiblical it was to do so. The book is about Proverbs 31. "A woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised." She wasn't praised for any works as noted in lines before that verse. She was praised for her love and awe of her Lord. The aforementioned works came as a result of that relationship with Him. The relationship isn't a result of the works.

I hope that message was able to come through. Thanks again for taking the time to read it. :)