Courtney Joseph is well known for her popular blog, Women Living Well, which addresses topics pertaining to a woman's walk with the Lord both in and out of the home. But she's probably nearly equally as known for her appearance on the Rachel Ray show where she was dubbed a "1950's Wife." That appearance made her a controversial subject, polarizing women across the country. And why was that? Because she made no apologies for serving her husband and family. And that's what she's still doing today.
Women Living Well is divided into four sections, each addressing one of the following: our walk with the Lord, our relationship with our husband, our relationship with our kids, and serving as a homemaker. But Joseph is quick to remind us: this is not a how-to book. Her focus is on encouraging readers in these areas. We can read hundreds of books on how to be a better parent or wife. But unless we're also lovingly encouraged by a thoughtful mentor, the how-to's won't make a difference. This is how Women Living Well differs. It's written in such a way as to lovingly encourage. It reads as though the author herself is holding the readers hand through unselfish change.
Joseph bases her encouragement solidly in Scripture. And admittedly this was the most challenging for me. It was both an encouragement and a challenge to read how well based she is in the knowledge of Scripture. And there were also times when I wanted to throw the book across the room. Joseph's message is not a popular one. Our culture tells us that she should pursue a career, be our own women, look out for #1. "Don't serve a man," "Make a difference IN THE WORLD," "Don't waste your time/talent/education at home." This book challenges all that. And while I still don't commit to everything the author asserts, she does raise some interesting points.
Overall, this was a great book. Push through the issues that confront popular culture and take them in prayer. You may find that it's not for you. Or you may find that it's exactly the challenge your spirit needs.
Disclaimer: I received this book free of charge for my honest review from Booksneeze. All opinions are my own.