July 9th, 2010
Brownback, Lydia. Purity. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2010. 136 pp. $10.99. Purchase at Westminster Books.
Lydia Brownback is the author of the series “On-the-Go-Devotionals“ written with the busy woman in mind. Lydia is a conference speaker as well as a book editor for a Christian publishing company.
The sub-theme of all the “On-the-Go Devotionals” is “A godly woman’s adornment.” Purity takes a look at the woman’s heart and how she is to be singly devoted to the pursuit of a pure heart. The second part looks at the fruit of biblical purity in a woman’s life.
The first fruit is that of feminine purity. Here, the woman is challenged to know and understand her biblical role as a woman–especially in the context of marriage. The second fruit looks at the body. Here, she is challenged to glorify God with her body throughout life.
The third fruit is sexual purity. (As a guy, I was stunned (in a good way) by this section.) Sexual purity took on a much deeper meaning for me as I read through these chapters on passions, godlingess, weaknesses, flattery, etc. The final fruit is that of pure love. Pure love is best understood as other-focused.
As a guy, this was a bit challenging to read. I was not prepared mentally to read how these principles speak to a woman. In talking with my wife, though, Lydia is dead on in her assessments of biblical purity. The chapters are short and to the point and leave the reader (preferably a female!) with much to think about.
I heartily recommend Lydia’s “On-the-Go-Devotionals” to women who want to better understand there God-given roles as women, wives, and mothers. Specifically, this book on purity is a must read in our sex-saturated culture where more women feel they must flaunt their so called purity rather than give God the glory for it.