Womanly Dominion Bookclub–Week 1

I am a soccer mom. A veteran soccer mom with over a decade of experience on the sidelines. As a soccer mom, I do love a good soccer analogy. I mean, I get soccer. It speaks to me.

In the first chapter of his book, Womanly Dominion: More Than A Gentle and Quiet Spirit, author Mark Chanski employs a soccer metaphor to explain two fundamental principles of what it means to be a godly woman:
1. “Win it!”
Chanski describes this principle as personal intensity. In soccer, this means to “play with all of your might in every encounter.” As godly women seeking the glory of their Lord, we are not to passively surrender to outside circumstances and influences. Rather, we are to boldly confront our challenges in the power of the Holy Spirit.
2. “Play your position!”
I love this one because it means (obviously) that I have a position to play. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I wonder if my position as wife, mom (soccer or otherwise), doer of laundry and driver of suburban is critical or even important. Addressing these doubts that all women face as some point, Chanski writes:

On the field of life, women hear constant shouts from unprincipled sideline voices telling them to leave their God-assigned posts.

Yeah we do. In contrast,

Godly women, made in the image of God, must repeatedly remind themselves, “Play your position!” They must loyally resolve to stay at their God-assigned posts, to the glory of God, despite the shouts from the misguided cultural sidelines.

I am looking forward to the encouragement and challenge that this book will bring as I seek to serve the Lord in my position as wife and mom, doing so with energy and joy in full reliance on the power of the Spirit.
Womanly Dominion is girltalk’s Bookclub pick. You can check out their thoughts on Chapter One here. Stay tuned as we will discuss more on Chapters 1 and 2 next week. If you’re intrigued by the discussion, by all means grab a copy of the book and join in!

Author: Lisa Spence

Wife, mother, Bible teacher, bibliophile, occasional blogger

2 thoughts on “Womanly Dominion Bookclub–Week 1”

  1. I don't get soccer AT ALL, but I do love his analogy. I just pretended he was talking softball :-)I started Chapter 2 this morning…this is going to be a GREAT book!As usual, love your insights.

  2. Sounds like a great book. Sorry I don't have enough time to read it through with you, but, as you know, I'm off on vacation soon!! 🙂

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