Item description for Let Me Be A Woman by Elisabeth Elliot...
Overview The author combines her observations and experiences in a number of essays on male-female relationships. In these days of conflicting demands and cultural pressures, what kind of woman do you wish to be? How should you respond? What should you think? Elisabeth Elliot is one of Christiandom's most able and articulate writers. In this profound and moving book she presents her unique perspective. Now married a third time after losing two husbands through death, she offers golden insights which apply to the single, the married, and the widowed.These notes on womanhood, written to her daughter Valerie a few weeks before Val's marriage, are a gift of lasting worth for all Christian women.
Publishers Description "In order to learn what it means to be a woman, we must start with the One who made her." Working from Scripture, well-known speaker and author Elisabeth Elliot shares her observations and experiences in a number of essays on what it means to be a Christian woman, whether single, married, or widowed. Available in trade softcover and as a Living Book.
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Studio: Living Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.95" Width: 4.18" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.25 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 1999
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 0842321624 ISBN13 9780842321624 UPC 031809021620
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More About Elisabeth Elliot
ELISABETH ELLIOT, well-known author and speaker, is the author of The Music of His Promises, Keep a Quiet Heart and dozens of other books. She and her husband, Lars Gren, live in Massachusetts.
In The Author's Own Words...
My parents were missionaries in Belgium where I was born. When I was a few months old, we came to the U.S. and lived in Germantown, not far from Philadelphia, where my father became an editor of the Sunday School Times. Some of my contemporaries may remember the publication which was used by hundreds of churches for their weekly unified Sunday School teaching materials.
Our family continued to live in Philadelphia and then in New Jersey until I left home to attend Wheaton College. By that time, the family had increased to four brothers and one sister. My studies in classical Greek would one day enable me to work in the area of unwritten languages to develop a form of writing.
A year after I went to Ecuador, Jim Elliot, whom I had met at Wheaton, also entered tribal areas with the Quichua Indians. In nineteen fifty three we were married in the city of Quito and continued our work together. Jim had always hoped to have the opportunity to enter the territory of an unreached tribe. The Aucas were in that category -- a fierce group whom no one had succeeded in meeting without being killed. After the discovery of their whereabouts, Jim and four other missionaries entered Auca territory. After a friendly contact with three of the tribe, they were speared to death.
Our daughter Valerie was 10 months old when Jim was killed. I continued working with the Quichua Indians when, through a remarkable providence, I met two Auca women who lived with me for one year. They were the key to my going in to live with the tribe that had killed the five missionaries. I remained there for two years.
After having worked for two years with the Aucas, I returned to the Quichua work and remained there until 1963 when Valerie and I returned to the U.S.
Since then, my life has been one of writing and speaking. It also included, in 1969, a marriage to Addison Leitch, professor of theology at Gordon Conwell Seminary in Massachusetts. He died in 1973. After his death I had two lodgers in my home. One of them married my daughter, the other one, Lars Gren, married me. Since then we have worked together.
Elisabeth Elliot currently resides in Magnolia, in the state of Massachusetts.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Let Me Be A Woman?
Great book! Jan 6, 2007
I wish there were a way to have this review appear at the top of this book's this site page instead of the ones that were there. This book does not imply that a woman's only role in life is to "serve" a man. Elisabeth Elliot has spent most of her life single! While it is written to her daughter, it is for ALL women - and I think for some men too! I have been looking for a book that will tell my sons about marriage. (I'm preparing ahead to have something to give them when they become engaged). There are parts of this book that are better than anything I've read in any book for men, such as the chapter, "You Marry a Sinner." It's good to have REALISTIC expectations of your spouse! I have purchased two copies of this book for my future daughters-in-law and set them aside with instructions for my SONS to also read certain chapters as well. This is the best book on the role of women and for anyone anticipating marriage that I have ever read, and believe me, I've been looking far and wide among the "men's" books for my sons.
Read this review before you buy/read this book Dec 9, 2006
Before you purchase/read this book, understand what it is you are about to read. This book is a compilation of letters to Elisabeth Elliot's engaged daughter. If you are expecting a smooth reading book that sucks you in and 'wows' your mind, look elsewhere. Since this is a compilation of letters, there is a lot of random (and pointless to any other reader but her daughter) information about things with no application to the topic. I am not saying this makes this book bad. I just want to make potential readers aware that if they expect one deep outpouring of knowledge, they will find this book insufficient and difficult to get through.
The problem with this style of writing is that lots of letters make it difficult to dig deeply into a topic. You're having to re-introduce and re-enter it with every new letter, so you begin to feel like more of the material is introduction to wisdom rather than the actual wisdom for which you are waiting. Although Elliot has some really great points that she makes, you end up with many facts and statements that are made without the proper explanation to back up all of it. You're left asking, "Yes, that sounds right and all, but what does that look like? How does that work?" This lack of depth is why I rated this book so low. Others may find the book helpful, but I personally did not find that it fulfilled its purpose of describing what it is to be a woman of God very well.
I don't take everything Elisabeth Elliot says as truth, but I have also gleaned a lot from some of her recorded words of wisdom. I definitely have a fair share of view points that differ from hers, but this review is for her book and not for her works overall or her theology. Strictly from the standpoint of a reader critiquing this work alone, I think there are better Elisabeth Elliot books to be read. Pass on this one and head to Quest for Love or Through Gates of Splendor.
Elliot does make some points in this book that are good food for thought. So if you do choose to read this book, I highly recommend you not read it by yourself. This book would be best served in a group study with lots of discussion - that way you can bring in the depth that the book is lacking and investigate those questions of "what it looks like?" and "how it works?" for each of her points of wisdom. A group setting will also be helpful sharpening for evaluating which of her points to hold as truth and which of her points not to hold as truth. But like I said, I'd choose another one of her books and skip this one altogether.
Let Me be Free! Aug 31, 2006
Which I would not be if I followed this book. I have mixed feelings about Elliot; while she's obviously an incredibly strong woman as a whole, her advice for women and what we should be fell very short of being helpful or even true in my case. Elliot firmly believes that women were made for men, to serve, accompany, etc. If this is true, does this mean that women who never marry have not fulfilled their purposes? I have every intention of marrying; in fact, I believe marriage to be a wonderful, remarkable gift from God and I relish the knowledge that I will be someone's wife and, hopefully, someone else's mother. However, the reason I cherish this is because I view marriage as a partnership of love and equality between a man and a woman, NOT as a state of utter submission in a woman to a man. Elliot is in a certain class of women who believe that men are natural born leaders and women were made simply to follow them and bear them babies. Women who believe such old-fashioned ideas are usually either taught to believe them or, having interprated the Bible a certain way, they begin living submissive lifestyles (the way they think the Bible tells them to) and somehow assume that these lifestyles will work for every woman. Well, I've got news: women aren't that simple and our natures are not that easily defined. I'll acknowledge that Elliot believes women should be valued and are treasured by God; heck, she even said that the soul is feminine (which is a nice and very cool idea, but one that I fear has scared many men away from spirituality.) However, she seems to be of that ol' popular mindset that women should be valued as somewhat lesser beings; i. e., kept away from positions of leadership and remain in submission to men. Frankly, there's a lot of charm in the idea of being admired and treasured as beautiful, but for me, that idea has always been outweighed by the ensuing one that we can't be much more; we are here to help men, but never to lead or truly instruct them even if we are capable of such leadership. Sorry, but I'd much rather be a creature that is wild and free than a fragile vase who is only valued. Equality IS a Biblical concept, Elliot; try looking at what God says in Genesis about man and woman ruling together over everything. This passage does not anywhere say that man rules over woman. Some of Elliot's advice is hurtful, like her advice not to tell your husband anything "mundane". I can imagine women reading that and fearing to speak to their husbands because they're not sure if it would bore them or not. Elliot also says that mundane subjects are what your girlfriends are for, implying to me that she thinks women have a general habit of discussing mundane things (don't look at me like that, we don't always!) Although Elliot says we're not supposed to bother our husbands, she implies that it's fine for them to do rude things to us. She seems to think it's totally natural for men to be slobs and that we should just put up with whatever dirty habits they have. I believe in unconditionally loving our husbands, but that doesn't mean we should treat ourselves as doormats. And why would she take the example of how the this site native men treated their women? They often treated them like servants! Furthermore, these natives were the ones who killed her husband and would often thoughtlessly kill each other, the people whose lifestyle Elliot's husband died trying to change, so why would she take their example anyway? Husbands are to love and respect their wives and this means they owe us some courtesy. Elliot's portrait of a woman gave me the image of a quiet little robot who, upon marriage, wonders her house like a quiet wraith, doing nothing but cleaning and bearing children as her husband sees fit. Sorry, but I'm not such a woman, nor are many others. I have confidence that God will give me a good man who will respect me as much as he loves me. You do not have to be the sort of woman that this book describes in order to be valued by God or men.
Wonderful Christian Book for Single & married women Jul 10, 2006
This was a great book about the meaning of womanhood from a Biblical stand. It's hard to find books that are written with such honesty and clearity about the roles of men and women according to God's Holy Word. Though it is written for the single woman preparing herself for marrage, I would suggest this book to men and women alike, single or married. It's also a great read along with "Passion & Purity" and "Quest For Love" which are also written by Elisbeth Elliot.
GREAT BOOK Jul 6, 2006
I read this book for the first time while an undergrad working towards my pre-law degree. I did not expect the book to have such a significant impact on my life. It's as if I couldn't quite fit into the other places that society or church expected me to fit into and this book gave me the intellectual nudge to fall right into the spot God created for me. That does not mean I have given up on school in order to get married! I am getting married, but I am also working towards my doctrate in international politics. This book really helped me be more comfortable in who I am and understand the strength involved to be the woman of God set forth in the Bible. I now give this book to all my friends, regardless if they are getting married or not, for it holds such classic wisdom that is applicable to all women, everywhere. One of the things Elliot explains very well is the biblical idea of submission. Before I read the book, I felt as most christian women do, that submission really means equality. Through Elliot, I learned that it does not mean equality, perse, but that submission is not the evil thing I imagined in my mind, but an act of worship and surrender to God and an act of love and respect to my husband...both of which are worth any pain that my pride may suffer.