Walking on Sunshine

Barbara Hughes – Disciplines of a Godly Woman – 2009/015

I bought this book at the Catholic bookshop rather than the Christian bookshop in Glasgow and therefore assumed it would be a Catholic look at womanhood.  It’s not.  The author is an evangelical Christian and writes from this viewpoint.

Barbara Hughes is the wife of a Pastor in the US and, in this book, shares a walth of experience.  She looks at the various aspects of ‘submission’ in each of her chapters and includes a further study section for eac area.  I was particularly interested in her treatment of the single (as opposed to the maried state) which, as a single woman, I found quite liberating.  I’m used to books which hold marriage in such high regard that the single vocation is a very poor second and only useful for providin the world with missionaries!  Thankfully, that is not Mrs Hughes’ view.

This isn’t a book for the new Christian.  I would be more inclined to recommend it to someone who is a few years on in her faith and looking to go deeper.  The ideals Mrs Hughes examines seem far out of my reach but, nonetheless, I shall hang onto this book and explore the further study sections at my leisure.

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