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Overview Covering issues from gossip and slander to PMS and legalism, Martha Peace, best-selling author of The Excellent Wife, offers biblical insight on problems women face. This straightforward, clear-cut book offers practical solutions in an ideal format for personal reading or group study.
Damsels in Distress clearly reveals God?s principles for dealing with the common problems women face?first with others, then with themselves. Through its pages you will be stimulated to honestly analyze the problems through the grid of Scripture and then formulate practical applications that bring glory to God
Publishers Description Damsels in Distress: Biblical Solutions for Problems Women Face contains ten specific issues and their biblical solutions. The issues are the feminist influence, the role of women in the church, trials, gossip and slander, idolatrous emotional attachments, manipulation, hurt feelings, vanity, PMS, and legalism. The solutions are clear, God-honoring and very practical.
Community Description Damsels in Distress: Biblical Solutions for Problems Women Face contains ten specific issues and their biblical solutions. The issues are the feminist influence, the role of women in the church, trials, gossip and slander, idolatrous emotional attachments, manipulation, hurt feelings, vanity, PMS, and legalism. The solutions are clear, God-honoring and very practical.
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Studio: P & R Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.52" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.42" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2006
Publisher P & R PUBLISHING #97
ISBN 1596380381 ISBN13 9781596380387
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More About Martha Peace
Martha Peace is a Counselor and Teacher Of Women. She Shares Her Personal Testimony, As Well As Many Practical Illustrations. Most Important Her Counsel For Becoming An Excellent Wife Biblivally Sound
Martha Peace currently resides in Peachtree City, in the state of Georgia.
Reviews - What do customers think about Damsels In Distress?
Refreshing, truly refreshing. Oct 25, 2008
Last year sometime I read Martha Peace's book, Damsels in Distress. It is a wonderful, Biblical treatment of the kinds of difficulties and problems that women face. It is decidedly Christ-centered, God-glorifying, Word-honoring, and woman-loving in its emphasis.
Martha is kind and gentle with her readers, but firm. She is honest with herself and encourages women to be honest before God.
Here is my summary of the first chapter of her book. maybe it will encourage more to read her book. I purchased my copy at Mars Hill, Ballard Campus. Sorry, this site.
Chapter 1 - Casting All Your Cares on Whom?
In this chapter, Mrs. Peace begins with a God-ward focus, rather than a focus on ourselves. Psychoanalysis encourages us to look inward in order to find solutions to our personal problems. The Word of God calls us to look outside ourselves to God.
If we are to cast our cares on God, as Scritpure tells us, then Who is He? Why can we trust Him with our problems? What is He like?
1. God loves us. p. 19, 20
Romans 5:8; Rom. 8:38, 39; 1 John 3:1; 1 John 4:9
2. God is compassionate.
Isaiah 30:18; Matthew 9:36; Psalm 103:8; Romans 9:16; Ephesians 2:4,5
"Learning about God and what He is like gave me greater stability and hope in my walk with the Lord. It gave me a compass to guide me as I though through problems."
Mrs. Peace goes on to talk about how God sent a Christian into her life to first share the Gospel with her, - including praying for her salvation along with her church, - and then to disciple her - including telling her the truth when necessary.
She makes the point that enemies will just tell you what you want to hear, but true friends will tell you the truth about yourself.
She then concludes that just because one becomes a Christian does not mean that all our problems will just go away. What we have, though, is comfort and refuge in the Lord Himself, as well as a Christian family to encourage us and correct us along the way.
She ends with this passage:
1 Peter 5:6,7 6Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
I like what she says, and agree almost totally. I think that she should have included God's justice in her list of attributes. After all, it is because of our sinfulness and the condemnation of the Just Judge that we have difficulties in the first place.
Damsels in Distress Oct 16, 2008
Twice a month, I gather with some ladies from our church to read aloud and discuss a book. We just completed Martha Peace's book, Damsels in Distress. It has been a great study!
The last chapter focused on responding biblically to trials and I found myself examining the various trials I've experienced in my life and whether or not I've always responded to them in a godly way. To my shame, I determined that I am often a great big failure at trials; thankfully God uses them in my life anyway. :-)
And that's the point. Mrs. Peace points out that trials may initially bring out the worst in us: anger, bitterness, fear, laziness, self-focus, etc. And isn't that the truth? Our first reaction to stress or tribulation may expose hidden sin that needs to be purged, as the "worst in us" is revealed.
Yet, as Mrs. Peace points out, God uses conflict and trials to expose and show us our sin, prune it off, and grow in us the precious fruit of righteousness:
"But thankfully, this 'worst' is pruned off as God convicts us of our sin and helps us turn from sin to righteousness. The pain from God's pruning will fade as the fruit of righteousness flowers for all to see." - Martha Peace
All the chapters were good and included many topics relevent to women. Topics like PMS, gossip and slander, manipulation, vanity, and legalism. Mrs. Peace teaches from a Reformed perspective and is doctrinally sound. I highly recommend this book for personal or group study.
A good addition to your library Sep 6, 2007
Mrs. Peace is one author whose books I will get on her name alone; I know they are always sure to be full not just of biblical truth, but of the Bible itself. In fact, it is a rare page that does not at least allude clearly to a passage of Scripture, if it doesn't quote one outright. This particular offering is a treatment of "biblical solutions for problems women face," including gossip, hurt feelings, vanity, legalism, feminism, and trials. She handles each topic beautifully, with all the compassion and boldness she has become known for.
My favorite statement from the book is from the chapter on the feminist influence (called, appropriately, "But What If I *Like* To Have My Ears Tickled?").
"The only way we will not be taken captive by the feminist beliefs is through the power of the Holy Spirit and God's grace enabling us to study and believe and embrace what God has told us in His Word. What God has told us in His Word is that women are not victims. We are creatures created in God's image for the purpose of proclaiming His excellencies (1 Peter 2:9). God, not man, determined how best and in what role women were to give Him glory. It is a joy and privilege to serve God, but we can do it rightly only on His terms." (p. 143)
Mrs. Peace has embraced her God-given role as Biblical counselor and teacher of women, and shows each one of us that God has answers for the problems we all face. She reminds us that we will only experience the freedom God wishes to be ours when we face those problems on God's terms, repent, and follow through with obedience.
Strengths and weaknesses Jun 27, 2007
Once again, Peace writes a book of advice for Christian women in how to solve their problems. Some of her points are very helpful and good, while others smack of the old-fashioned desire to place the female role underneath the male role. Women who express beliefs like this never cease to disappoint me, whatever else they may say of our sex.
My favorite point of this book was a very important truth that Peace expressed while addressing the harm she believed the feminist movement to do. She explained that feminists didn't want women to be defined by their husbands or their households and sought to define themselves by jobs and worldly tasks instead. Peace set both housewives AND feminists straight when she said that a child of God is not defined by anything earthly, but by their relationship with Christ! These powerful words should be a gem to all Christians, especially those who even for a moment forget their worth and try to define themselves by things that dim in comparison to our Lord.
As a feminist, I don't usually like hearing the movement bashed, especially by complimentarians who act like it's an evil tool. However, Peace did not come across as bashing and I agreed with her points about how precious the home is. There is nothing more precious than sharing life with a spouse and raising children, God's own image. This is something many a modern woman forgets.
Inspite of the gems of truth in this book, my enthusiasm ebbed a good deal when Peace reverted to the typical trademarks of complimentarianism. It's been a long observation of mine that those who believe in heavy submission to the husband usually believe in submission to males in general, to the point where the importance of female leaders and true appreciation of a woman's strength is pushed to the back-burner. Sadly, Peace is one of those women. In her chapter of women's roles in the church, she speaks more of what she believes a woman's role in general to be than a woman's role in the church alone. The female role according to Peace? Follower; secondary. All the typical lines were there: man is the leader, woman is the follower and helper (Peace's exact words), equality in value but not in roles, etc etc.
Frankly, I'm used to being told that women are followers in home and in church, but when people like Peace try to take their old-fashioned views of home and church and force them on women as a whole, I lose patience very quickly. It never ceases to amaze me how long-time Christians and Biblical scholars like Peace manage to painfully overlook the VARIOUS Biblical women who led, taught, and instructed people of all sorts, including men! Of course, Peace attempted to use Biblical passages to back herself up; she even hedged around God's clear design of equality in Genesis by claiming that, when God said man and woman would rule over everything on earth, He only meant this in a general way and was not referring to individual gender roles. Martha honey, if God says women lead in general, He means women lead in general! Judges, queens, battles, these are all things that both Biblical women and modern women have done with God-given success! I'm not sure why exactly Peace put quotation marks around the words "God made the man to lead and the woman to help and follow" because these were definetly her words, not God's. At this point, the book seemed to dissolve into yet another tool to humble women more than necessary. Peace had ended the previous chapter with the words, "In the following chapter, we shall see that the demand for equality does not stop when we step inside the church doors." Well of course it doesn't, Peace. Males and females are to be equal everywhere! This "demand" is not a sinful thing. Men are not the central sex in this world, Peace; God made both sexes to lead, instruct, initiate in His name.
If you're a fan of Martha Peace, you'll probably already know what to expect and it could make a good tool for you. As a matter of fact, since it was mainly the one chapter that offended me, this book may be a help to women of more than one mindset. There are definetly some pearls of wisdom in the book, just don't let it alone define you as a woman.
A "Must" for Women in Leadership Feb 21, 2007
Not only did I find this book encouraging and challenging on a personal level, but it is also an essential tool for helping other women find Biblical solutions to everyday problems.