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Feminine Appeal

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  1,491 ratings  ·  113 reviews
Carolyn Mahaney identifies with the challenges facing women in today's world and meets them with the guidance of God's Word. The feminine virtues described in Titus 2 have transformed her life and the lives of countless other women. This book will show you the appeal of being a woman who lives for God and helps others do the same.
Paperback, Expanded, 192 pages
Published June 14th 2004 by Crossway (first published July 1st 2003)
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Note to self: do not ever attempt to read books about being a "Christian woman" with budding roses on the cover. For real.

Ugh! This book was pretty bad. I understand where the author is coming from - really, I do. I'm an evangelical Christian who agrees that the Bible sets standards for men & women, and I also really like the passage in Titus 2 that this book is based on.

There are lots of examples of harmful application in this book, but here's two:
- In the section about older women mentorin
This book has absolutely changed my view of my purpose as a woman. It is a must read for any Christian woman (married or single). Each chapter revealed sin that was in my life, that I never knew I had. I thought that this book would push that it is sinful to work outside of the home, something that is not necessarily going to be a reality for me in the future. Carolyn Mahaney does nothing of the sort. Throughout this book, she simply shows the biblical call of God to being a wife, mother, and a ...more
Excellent. I've been searching for a guide to Biblical womanhood, and I would definitely say this is the best one I've read recently. I would put it up with Elisabeth Elliot's "Let Me Be a Woman." Carolyn Mahaney has a simple, refined writing style. It's practical, biblical, and beautiful. Her humility shows throughout the text, but so does her experience. She is clear but gentle, and always firm about biblical truth. You won't find her bashing specific lifestyles, throwing herself headlong into ...more
Kristen Stieffel
This book has some good biblical wisdom in it, but it is written very much from the viewpoint of a happy housewife and offers little help to those women who have to balance housekeeping with working a day job. The quality of the writing is good, but the message is wanting for any woman living in the 21st century.
I got this book as a gift from my bridal shower as I was preparing for marriage, but didn't sit down and really dig into it until a month of so after I got married and found it very fitting. In general, it is a somewhat good read with generally good wisdom and food for thought for women based on Titus 2.

I do echo the other concerns from previous reviews, namely 1) the problematic assumption that staying up late is automatically equated to laziness/selfishness -- in general, I think the heart of
Another book that I need to place on my re-read list. This insightful book spoke to me about the role of woman that God has given me. Specifically, the author addresses seven areas: loving my husband, loving my children, self-control, purity, working at home, kindness, and submission. The chapter on kindness spoke the most to me. Mrs. Mahaney lists hindrances to kindness (anger, bitterness, and judging) as well as biblical guidance on ways to exhibit kindness.
While many reviewers have objections to some of the things the author suggests for women in this book, I think it is important to remember that she is expounding on the principles in Titus 2. You may not agree with this passage of scripture, however, if you claim to be a Follower of Christ, then scripture should affect and change your thoughts and behavior.

I found this book to be convicting, not in the sense of weighty guilt, but in the sense of there are things that I still need to work on and
Jamie Carlson
I find most books on biblical womanhood saccharine and a little patronizing, although I'm wholeheartedly complementarian.

This book, although not all of it was great, surprised me, though, and there were parts that I found very helpful, especially the chapter on homemaking. She raises the status of homemaking, and the status of the home's managers by indicating the authoritative rule over the home affairs (under the leadership of the head, of course) intended in the Titus passage. This is someth
Nova Fiana
"Easy read. The book discussed clearly the fiminine virtues of women described in Titus 2. The book motivates me to please God in different seasons of life callings."
gently convicting. thought it could have elaborated a bit more on the topics- seemed over simplified but a great read on being a godly women.
Wow did that drag horribly.
Overall, this is a great book. I would recommend it to any Christian wife and/or mother looking for a Biblical perspective and practical tips for applying God's Word to her every day life. In fact, it is chocked full of so many applications that I would advise reading it more than once.

Although other verses are quoted, it is based primarily around Titus 2:3-5 "Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train
This book contained a heartening, honest and balanced viewpoint on how to be a sweet, uplifting Christian mother and wife, while also acknowledging the strains of this profession. I especially enjoyed the practical way in which Mahoney encourages women to be the heart of the home, to thoughtfully care and pray for those in their care, while also creating a peaceful and loving environment for them at home. I also appreciated Mahoney's forthright and positive treatment of sex within marriage, as t ...more
Alexis Neal
A fairly solid entry in the how-to-be-a-wife-and-mother category. Mahaney's perspective on sex is certainly less depressing than the Ricuccis' in Love That Lasts (for one thing, Mahaney seems to actually enjoy sex and delight in her husband). But honestly, a lot of this book was more discouraging than encouraging. The chapter on loving your children might be an encouragement to someone who already has kids, but to someone who is not yet a parent . . . well, it made me all the more terrified of t ...more
Mandy J. J.

Feminine Appeal is a comprehensive and comprehensible book on the seven virtues of a godly wife and/or mother as found in Titus chapter two. While the main focus and practicality is applicable to married women, this book is a wonderful read for single women not-yet-married or not-now-married. The message is Biblically accurate and presented in such a loving and gentle way. Carolyn Mahaney is not forceful or "down your throat" aggressive but simply sweet as she walk us through the comma
This book will take you through the ringer if you're honest with yourself. :) If you're not able to heed advice like, "Only work on one or two of the seven listed..." then don't pick this book up. This book is intended to be an encouragement but could quickly turn into a burdensome load if one were to take it upon herself to make adjustments in all seven areas at once.

I loved the way Carolyn Mahaney drew from other authors to make points and clarifications. I have never better understood bittern
At first I thought this book was just helpful in reminding me about things I already knew about biblical womanhood, but towards the end I found that it was helping me recognize sins I'm currently struggling with, specifically in the chapter titled "The Rewards of Kindness." I would recommend this book, although at times I did find myself cringing at some overly simplified points and examples, which could cause discouragement in some during difficult seasons. Overall, a good and helpful explanati ...more
I'm not sure why I read this book. A friend of mine gave it to me as a joke a few years ago, as I have sworn I would never get married. Granted marriage has now become a desire but I had some issues with the book, mainly that it defines biblical womanhood as a stay at home mother. I want a family but I I intend to work outside the home too. I think what matters most is that your priorities are right. Your family should come before your career latter.
Shannon Cooper
Excellent study for women on Titus 2. I would recommend this book to any woman in any stage of life. There may only be one section or chapter that wouldn't apply to every woman. This is definitely a book I plan to revisit often. Mrs. Mahaney does present some hard truths for some women, but she does it in a gentle way, presenting the truth, and why it is imporant that we conform to certain commands of God (like submission). This book has convicted me about many areas in which I lack, but it was ...more
Jennifer Short
If it were possible, I'd give this book 3.5 stars. It's hard for me to find a Christian women's book I give more than that. While it's got some great advice in it, at the same time, I found offense at the part that said if you stay up late and call yourself a night owl, she likened that to laziness.

While the "Seven Virtures" are good, I also was under the impression this was a good read for single women in preparation of marriage. While I suppose that is true, the title and the book is focused o
This one is geared primarily towards married women, though single girls can find a lot of good in it too. I appreicate the fact that it's based on Scripture. Mrs. Mahaney takes the seven directions for women from Titus 2 (love husbands, love children, self-control, purity, working at home, kindness, and submission) and devotes a chapter to each, giving practical and Biblical direction for how to apply them in your life. She also reminds us that we can't do it on our own, but God will enable us t ...more
While I did get some really great take-away from this book, I found it to be very preachy and even at times discouraging. I can easily admit that I am far from perfect but it seemed to me that this book harped a lot on correcting negative thoughts or behaviors that I don't feel I have. For example, I never feel resentful of my husband or child and find myself blessed to work in our home. Maybe those feelings will come at times but I don't foresee that happening from where we are now, so certain ...more
I liked this book until the chapter on working from the home. There were some parts that I didn't agree with the interpretation of. I have felt God has lead me towards the career path I have begun and while I don't have any children yet, I always planned on maintaining this career. I like to think that the main focus of the chapter was to put your family first before any career, which I completely agree with. It did make me feel as though if I wasn't being a stay at home mom that I was not fufil ...more
Candise Evans
This is the most amazing book I have read and interacted with as being a Christian wife. You should read. It will change your life as a Christian wife and mom( if you are one).
One of the best books on Bibilical womanhood I have ever read. I love that Mahaney walks the reader through clear biblical teaching from Titus. What a great place to start as we seek to be the kind of women God wants us to be. There's a lot of opinion flying around out there about what it means to be feminine. While she does inject her personal applications and anectdotes, she sticks pretty closely to the text of Titus 2.

Though I have read this book before on my own, this time I read it with a s
I love this book!
This was a hard book to read as far as ideology goes. It preaches to women the biblical teachings of being a stay at home mother and wife. I am not necessarily against that, but at the same time it seems to demonize the feminist movement which I am not necessarily against either. I just like having the choice of what best suits my circumstances....after prayerful consideration. I did like it because it did make me think about my role of a wife and mother and the great influence I have over the h ...more
Jun 24, 2007 Erin rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: wives and mothers
Realizing that being a Christian wife and mother doesn't just entail doing or being a list of things, but it is remembering to be obedient to Christ in my every day life. It's a good reminder about what God has called me to be at this time in my life when it comes to being a mom to my boys and a wife to my husband.

UPDATE: Not as impressed by this book as I thought I would. I liked about half the book and skipped over the other half. It still challenged me but not the whole book.
I really appreciated this book. There are so many out there that claim to reveal what biblical womanhood looks like, but this book delivers. Carolyn writes with wisdom, wit and candor about seven virtues for being a godly wife and mother, but even single women could glean some great counsel here. I used it in a mentor relationship and we walked through it one chapter at a time using the study questions included in the book. Also perfect for a womens' small group study.
Elizabeth Li
A practical application of Titus 2. I personally enjoyed Hughes' version more but both are practical and biblical.
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Carolyn Mahaney is a wife, mother, and homemaker. Having spent over thirty years as a pastor's wife, Carolyn has spoken to women in many churches and conferences. She is the author of Feminine Appeal, Girl Talk, Shopping for Time and True Beauty. She blogs with her daughters at www girltalkhome com, a blog focused on biblical womanhood. Carolyn and her husband, C. J., are the parents of three marr ...more
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“Our conduct has a direct influence on how people think about the gospel. The world doesn't judge us by our theology; the world judges us by our behavior. People don't necessarily want to know what we believe about the Bible. They want to see if what we believe makes a difference in our lives. Our actions either bring glory to God or misrepresent His truth.” 26 likes
“The challenge of ministry in our home is that we do not always feel very “spiritual” when we wash our dishes. It hardly feels significant to scrub our toilet. and we can feel that we are truly ministering when the Lord uses us to communicate a word of wisdom to someone, or He provides an opportunity to share the gospel with our neighbor. That seems like real ministry. And that is real ministry to be sure! But no more so than when we are wiping runny noses or cleaning the bathroom. That is because we have a very narrow view of true spirituality... The Lord wants to help us see the significance of ministry at home. He also wants to expand our vision for the multiple opportunities that we have for ministry in the home. Let’s ask the LORD to help us gain a biblical perspective of our ministry at home.” 4 likes
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