Women of the Word

I recently read Jen Wilkin’s first book, Women of the Word.  I thought perhaps a review of the book would be helpful for others considering reading it or for those who haven’t yet heard of it.  

First, I would suggest grabbing a good old-fashioned paper copy of this book.  I love my Kindle, but this is a resource book and you will end up using it like one.  Having a paper copy you can flip through easily and mark up is the way to go.  

Secondly, I found this book extremely helpful and encouraging because it challenged me in the way I read and study the Bible. As a busy mom of five, I make time to read the Bible because I know it’s important, but I don’t always feel like I’m getting as much out of it as I should - or reading as much as I feel I should.  Jen Wilkin encourages the reader to read the Bible with a plan and purpose, and she even suggests ways to adapt her study plan for women in different stages of life. 

The Bible plan Jen lays out in the book is extensive; your time in the Word will be greatly enhanced if you follow it completely. However, I found that it was a bit too extensive for my current stage of life. I liked that she made suggestions throughout the book on how to tailor her plan, depending on how much time one has per day.  I hope to be able to use this plan in full when my kids are a little older and more self-sufficient, but for now, I am more than happy to break it down into smaller daily chunks and use it that way.  

Bible study is a means to an end, not an end in and of itself. It is a means to love God more, and to live differently because we have learned to behold him better.
— Jen Wilkin, Women of the Word

Lastly, although I would consider this a resource book, it is not boring!  Jen has a great sense of humor and uses great illustrations.  Shortly into the book, you will begin to see her passion for diving into the Bible and learning all that she can from the wonderful gift of God’s Word.  

If you want to get more out of your Bible reading time, just need a new way to go about studying your Bible, or feel too discouraged to even begin a reading plan, then I would highly suggest this book.