Some of our readers have probably heard about (or read) a new book with a very unique title: Housewife Theologian by Aimee Byrd. Now, I am not a housewife (but I do help mine with the diapers and dishes!). And I realize this book is for women. However, I thought it was worth reading and reviewing here for our readers, and Aimee was kind enough to give me a copy for that purpose.
Housewife Theologian is sort of a mini theology textbook written in a conversational way. But it is more than that. It’s a book written by a Christian woman encouraging other Christian women to continue to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ and his word (i.e. 2 Pet. 3:18). Filled with helpful illustrations, stories, and examples, this book is a great resource for Christian women who need a level-headed conversation partner to help them walk the path following Christ.
The chapters (in 240 pages) cover the following topics in this order: 1) a biblical introduction to biblical womanhood, 2) true beauty – biblically speaking, 3) thinking and theology in the Christian woman’s life, 4) identity and sexuality from a biblical perspective, 5) the importance of doctrinal truth in the Christian life, 6) hospitality, 7) women serving God and neighbor, 8) sin and sanctification, 9) idol smashing, 10-11) living in Christ’s redemptive kingdom and in his common kingdom, and 12) discipleship for women – counting the cost. Although there is no specific chapter that highlights the gospel, the gospel does come through clearly in almost every chapter. This isn’t a moralistic treatise full of “how to be a biblical woman” tips. It’s more gracious than that! I was also glad to see that Byrd noted the importance of the church and preached word.
At the end of each chapter there are quite a few discussion questions since this book was written for a women’s study group. As you can see from the chapter topics, Byrd covers most of the main parts of Christian doctrine (sin, salvation, and service). My only minor critique of the book is that I didn’t see an overarching structure to the book (perhaps I missed it?). But that’s a minor critique – not a glaring one that would make me hesitate to recommend it.
Who should get this book? In a word, Christian women who want to grow in the Christian faith should get it. Byrd doesn’t set herself up as the ideal women that every other woman needs to follow. She doesn’t give her own unique ideas about womanhood and impose them on everyone. She points to Christ, his word, and his grace as she encourages other women to take up their cross and follow him in this world that is no friend to grace. If your church or woman’s Bible study group is looking for a solid Reformed resource for women, get this one: Housewife Theologian.
rev. shane lems