Sometime this past year I started reading HousewifeTheologian.com hosted by Aimee Byrd. What she wrote resonated with me and when I found out she had a book, Housewife Theologian: How the Gospel Interrupts the Ordinary coming out, I couldn’t wait to read it.
Some may find it odd that I, a single woman wanted to read a book called ‘Housewife Theologian’. I love theology – I read a lot of it, listen to tapes, have discussions with friends and even teach some in my Omnibus class. So the theology part really appealed to me. But I am single and not a housewife though I do have some things in common with housewives. I am a woman, have a home and am the caregiver for my mother who has Alzheimers. I keep the house, tend to the garden, cook the meals, do the laundry and care for mom but I am not married and do not have children. I did not know whether the book would speak to other singles, teens, or widows but I wanted to read it.
I quickly found out that Byrd wrote this book for all women: “It is for all women who want to know God, or better yet, want to be known by God.” page 11. She writes with clarity and passion and she encourages us as women, whether housewives, singles, teens, or widows to know what we believe and why we believe it. Beginning with what it means to be a woman and moving to what is beauty, she draws in all women. She presents a clear Reformed view of who we are in Christ. She explains how we as women need to be thinking Christians. She encourages us to have close deep relationships with other woman – older and younger women. This meant a lot to me as I have been in churches where Sunday School classes are divided by married vs. single and married with children according to the age of the children. So much was lost, as we all needed each other so the older Christians could disciple the younger ones. The stories and examples given in Housewife Theologian are encouraging and challenging. I appreciated how she brought in examples for those with children and for those who were not married. Her goal was to have women live their lives before God regardless of their present state.
There are 12 chapters that lend themselves nicely to being used as a once-a-month study group for the year. At the end of each chapter, there are journaling questions that make you think and help you to apply the principles. This also makes it a great book for small groups, Sunday School classes, etc. to use. Aimee Byrd has strong convictions and writes with authority. She backs up her writing by quoting many other great theologians in the Reformed faith.
I highly recommend Housewife Theologian to those who want to grow in their Christian walk, as understanding theological principles will cause you to grow. It is also for those who feel they have a great theological background. This will reinforce your theology and be a tool you can use to help others in their walk. I teach high school in a Christian classical tutorial and the high school girls meet at least once a month at my home that is on a large farm. We have fun, food and great conversations. I plan to give each of them a copy and having it be a book we study together. The world gives them so many messages about who they are but I want them to know that Jesus “is our true identity” (p.238). I want them to be theologians. Pick up a copy to read and share it with the women in your life so you can more greatly experience ‘how the Gospel interrupts the ordinary.’ and know God and be known by Him.
On Reformed Forum Aimee Byrd discusses Housewife Theologian: How the Gospel Interrupts the Ordinary, with panel members Camden Bucey, Nancy Guthrie, and Melissa Kruger.
What kind of conversations are you having with the women in your life?