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Though marketed to young women, Unseduced and Unshaken provides insight to women of all ages – and even men. (After having her for class, my brother says he’ll read anything Rosalie de Rosset writes). :) Through her regular interaction with young women at Moody Bible Institute, where she has taught for over four decades, Dr. de Rosset, along with four additional authors, discerns what Christian women need to hear in this present day.

I must confess my general hesitancy to promote any book written for Christian women. I find many to be trite – lacking in theological depth. Or they are filled with cultural (and unbiblical) stereotypes, or the advice is silly and romanticized. But this is a book I want my daughter to read one day. It is filled with biblical and theological truth – and heavily underlined in my personal copy.

The book begins with a discussion of dignity which de Rosset defines as, “a strong, chosen, deliberate way of life, the result of the totality of a person’s choices and worldview” (p. 24). A dignity that does not allow one’s voice to be silenced. For a woman of dignity knows that “not being able to bring your voice to a relationship means you are not really counted, valued and cannot possibly be truly cared for” (p. 44).

This allows for a unique discussion of submission in Unseduced and Unshaken. A discussion that does not reduce the idea of submission to a list of do’s and don’ts. Or a who-makes-the-final-decision conundrum. Instead, Pam Macrae writes in chapter two that, “the matter of godly submission with dignity, which means living in preferential deference to the other, does not eliminate one’s voice; it should characterize it” (p. 42). How refreshing to read a book encouraging young women to steer away from “learned helplessness,” self-consciousness, insecurity and “doubting the value of their contribution” (p. 51).

“For to be truly human, you must develop intellectually as well as emotionally; you must reason as well as feel” (p. 77). Everything is theological and de Rosset encourages her readers to make deliberate choices – to think, to examine, to avoid passivity (p. 81). De Rosset shares my sentiment about the state of Christian material targeted at women. Oftentimes theology, yes, even the act of thinking, is thought better left to men or pastors. What a sad state of affairs when we’re willing to shuffle off our personal responsibility to others. “Theology informs choices” therefore we simply cannot afford to leave it up to others (p. 92).

Developing a proper theology allows young women to avoid the trappings of our culture which encourage us to be distracted rather than dignified. De Rosset spends time in chapter five examining the way Christians allow culture, rather than theology, to define what’s important. For instance, many young Christian women (and perhaps their parents) feel the only real requirement for a mate is that he’s a Christian for they believe the “lie that anything is better than being alone” (p. 115).

Linda Haines writes an excellent chapter on sexual dignity where she encourages women to “dress modestly for the sake of your self-respect – for the sake of personal holiness – so that you are taken seriously as a thinking creature, and finally, so that you are not objectified and don’t attract the wrong kind of man” (p. 166). I so appreciate the emphasis on sexual dignity and modesty on the grounds of a woman’s dignity rather than some rather distorted feeling of responsibility for a man’s thoughts that often leads women to feel shameful of their God-given bodies and sexuality.

Both Haines and Stacie Parlee-Johnson in the next chapter, dig into the topics of sexual dignity and modesty with far more depth and theological understanding than I’ve seen. Instead of leaning on a list of rules, these authors focus on “a foundational understanding of what it means to be in union with the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, of what salvation means, of what the gospel does to lives” – even in the often overlooked or ridiculously simplified areas of sexuality and modesty (p. 184).

I could continue to violently agree with the contents of this book, but I encourage you to read it for yourself. Especially if you are a young woman or raising daughters. Unseduced and Unshaken will give you a framework from which to think biblically about what it means to be a woman.

I’m very excited to be giving away a copy of Unseduced and Unshaken. You can enter a total of four times.

Entry # 1: Comment by answering the question, “why would you like to receive a copy of this book?

Entry # 2: Like Living Undone on Facebook AND come back and leave ANOTHER comment telling me you’ve done so. If you’ve liked me in the past it definitely counts so leave a comment!

Entry # 3: Follow me on Twitter AND come back to leave a SEPARATE comment telling me you’ve done so. If you’ve followed me in the past it definitely counts so leave a comment!

Entry # 4: Sign up to receive updates either by email or through a reader AND come back to leave ANOTHER comment telling me you’ve done so. If you’ve done so in the past it definitely counts so leave a comment!

The winner will be chosen randomly. To be eligible, you must be 18 years of age or older and your address must be in the continental United States. The giveaway will remain open through Saturday, Febuary 2nd at midnight, CST. The winner will be informed via email.

Disclosure: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for review (but I’d already bought and read it so the free copy gets passed on to one of you :)).

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  19 Responses to “Giveaway & Review: Unseduced & Unshaken”

  1. Great book to add to our collection for ministry. Also, for my daughter as she’s turning into a beautiful young lady – crucial, influential years coming up for her!

  2. I’m subscribed! Thanks, Steph : )

  3. “I must confess my general hesitancy to promote any book written for Christian women. I find many to be trite – lacking in theological depth. Or they are filled with cultural (and unbiblical) stereotypes, or the advice is silly and romanticized. ” That is exactly how I feel. I rarely read female authors and books targeted for women because I feel it degrading intellectually. But..I’ve been wanting to read this based on your quotes and review.

    Sharing the giveaway :)

  4. “I must confess my general hesitancy to promote any book written for Christian women. I find many to be trite – lacking in theological depth. Or they are filled with cultural (and unbiblical) stereotypes, or the advice is silly and romanticized.” Amen to that. I, too, shy away from most books written for Christian women. Would be refreshing to read something with theological depth!

  5. Liked “Living Undone” on FB. :)

  6. Signed up for updates via Google Reader.

  7. I would like to win this book simply because you said it is a book you want your daughter to read one day. Mine is only 10 weeks old, but I am already collecting bits of truth and beauty to pass on to her. Thank you for the giveaway!

  8. I “liked” you on Facebook!

  9. Hi Steph! I’ve seen your photo over on Johanna’s blog in the comments many times but I think this is the first time I’ve stopped by your blog. I’m definitely going to start following! The title of your blog alone makes me feel like I’ve met a kindred spirit. :)

    The topics you highlighted from the book are ones I’ve been thinking on a lot in the past few years. My understanding has been shifting very gradually towards (it sounds like) some of the perspectives set forth in this book. I love it when the Lord leads me through His Word and Spirit to change the way I think about a topic, and then leads me to theologically solid books that affirm me in the place to which He’s brought me. Very encouraging. And I suspect this might be one such book. :)

  10. Subscribed to your blog. :)

  11. I would like to win this because someone I know recommended it. Thanks!

  12. I would love to read this book after reading your comments about it! I “liked” your page awhile back!

  13. I didn’t realize at first that leaving a comment counted as an entry so I’ll just say again that I “liked” your page awhile back. lol. :) oh, and I don’t use twitter so I can’t use that for an entry. :)

  14. Finally, I subscribed to receive your blog entries by email. :)

  15. For a woman of dignity knows that “not being able to bring your voice to a relationship means you are not really counted, valued and cannot possibly be truly cared for”…

    This quote got me. My 15 year old is so strong & yet so fragile. And…actually that could describe me as well ;) I have long admired De Roesset’s words & would love the chance to read this book.
    thanks~

  16. This looks like supportive reading for any Godly woman in this ungodly age, but I would give it to my niece, after I read it, of course. And I’ll be 60 in March.

  17. Because you recommended it after making this statement, “I must confess my general hesitancy to promote any book written for Christian women. I find many to be trite – lacking in theological depth. Or they are filled with cultural (and unbiblical) stereotypes, or the advice is silly and romanticized. But this is a book I want my daughter to read one day. It is filled with biblical and theological truth – and heavily underlined in my personal copy.”

    :)

  18. [...] to buy a copy for yourself and then pass it around to all the young women you know. Here’s my review if you need [...]

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