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Let Me be a Woman

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“In order to learn what it means to be a woman, we must start with the One who made her.” Working from Scripture, well-known speaker and author Elisabeth Elliot shares her observations and experiences in a number of essays on what it means to be a Christian woman, whether single, married, or widowed.

1. The God who is in charge --
2. Not who am I? but whose am I? --
3. Where
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published October 1st 1999 by Tyndale Momentum (first published 1966)
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Cassandra Noelle
Oct 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"We are called to be women. The fact that I am a woman does not make me a different kind of Christian, but the fact that I am a Christian does make me a different kind of woman." -Elisabeth Elliot; Let Me Be a Woman

This was the most beautiful and encouraging book I've read in a long time. Elisabeth Elliot writes with eloquence and wisdom and her words constantly reflect Christ and the Scriptures. Reading this book made me rejoice even more that God created me to be a woman! It made me thankful f
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Scott
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Encouraged to read this by my girlfriend. One of hers, and my sister's, favorite books. To be frank, I'm not sure what I was expecting, but it wasn't this. This book is theologically sophisticated (Calvin, Luther, Barth, etc. are all quoted often), culturally subversive (her slides at feminism are humorous), and includes a very convincing, easily-accessible case for a conservative understanding of Christian marriage.

This book will certainly elicit strong feelings from various women and men, but
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Leah Cossette
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I received this book from my mother-in-law-to-be, who told me that she reread it every couple of years. As an engaged Christian woman embarking upon marriage for the first time, I think it’s safe to say that I am exactly the target audience for this little epistle about biblical womanhood and marriage.

Trouble is, I disagreed with most of it. Elliot and I differ greatly in our definitions of basi
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Katey
Aug 02, 2007 rated it did not like it
This book is what fueled my conversion to feminism.
Abigail
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When my mom was reading 'Let me be a Woman' she said she wanted to underline the whole book (it was so good) I told her that defeated the purpose of underlining, but when I read it I felt the exact same way she did! It was amazing! ...more
Sarah
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Woman who want to live for God
Recommended to Sarah by: Mom
Age Appropriate For: 15 and up (some marital themes and matter best for older readers)
Best for Ages: 15 and up

Elisabeth Elliot is an incredible woman whom I have looked up to for years. Though I might not always agree with everything she says, I know whatever she says comes from a heart that is devoted to God and is seeking him. As this year I am spending a lot of time reading about Biblical Womanhood, this was high on my list.

One of the things I loved about this book is that it was from a mothe
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Donna Ledesma
Jun 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
fantastic book.

i am so glad and honored to have it read at this young age of 17. i think every woman ought to read this. it's very inspiring for us who desire to live the way our Creator would be pleased.

Elisabeth Elliot, along with other Christian writers Eric & Leslie Ludy, and Joshua Harris, is my favorite. Elliot has enlightened me in a unique way. at the back cover it's stated that the book is "candidly written". after seeing the word "candid", i wondered how a book could actually be. and t
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Gabrielle Carolina
Jul 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I am so grateful for this book in the strangest way possible, for without it I would never have begun to confront the strangle-hold sexism had in my life. I would never have struggled against the inevitable fate of becoming a good Christian woman, and later, a good Christian wife had I not found this collection, written by an esteemed, and "powerful" member of the female Christian population.

Within this very anti-feminist work, full of essays on joyful submission, meekness, Holy marriage, and G
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Spider the Doof Warrior
Why in hell's holy cacaphonous gonging BELLS did I buy this book from the library? I grabbed a bunch of paperback Anita Blake books from back when the books were somewhat good with the intention of having a lay in bed and read entertaining books sort of weekend.
So I saw this book, read a bit of it and decided to buy it just to pester myself.
Why can't their be a book called let me be the sort of woman I am? Who loves blue, spiders, wearing men's clothes, admiring the aesthetics of people's poster
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G.M. Burrow
May 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
How did I go so many years without reading Elisabeth Elliot? This book was pure grace and goodness, entering my life at the moment that I, without even knowing, was the most thirsty for it. Mrs. Elliot's winsome, lovely, godly advice reminded me so much of Nancy Wilson's (such as in "Why Isn't a Pretty Girl Like You Married?"), I occasionally had to check the front cover to make sure I hadn't grabbed the wrong book. Both women have been blessings indeed. Many thanks to my big sister who gifted m ...more
raffaela
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
"As a bird easily comes to terms with the necessity of bearing wings when it finds that it is, in fact, the wings that bear up the bird--up, away from the world, into the sky, into freedom--so the woman who accepts the limitations of womanhood finds in those very limitations her gifts, her special calling--wings, in fact, which bear her up into perfect freedom, into the will of God."


Elliot's arguments and writing on issues of masculinity and femininity, marriage, submission, and discipline are f
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Sharon
Fairly narrow in scope as Elliot wrote this collection as a set of letters to her daughter when the latter was getting married. As such, most of the essays discuss womanhood in terms of the wife/mother relationship. Certain parts definitely feel dated (Elliot's citing of a statistic that 90% of women marry before 21, for example, as well as her tendency to set up "feminism" as a monolithic entity. [I found most of what she said about feminism fairly reactionary toward one *kind* of feminism, one ...more
Schuyler
Nov 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is a delightful feast of wise and loving counsel. Full review coming soon. Thanks to Joy for giving me the opportunity to read this! :) <3
Carly
Mar 30, 2012 rated it did not like it
Everyone has a right to their opinion, but this attempt to tear down feminism and encourage women to be subservient...aside from being offensive was entirely filled with contradictions, failed to properly support the belief and in fact in the end unintentionally strengthened feminism. She says women are better off subservient, but she proceeds to list "exceptions" to traditional families that worked and expressed how much she enjoyed traveling with a very free spirit. The more she gave examples, ...more
Becky Pliego
So much wisdom to glean from this book. I would urge all young women to read this little book, a book which serves as an antidote against the falsehood of egalitarianism that is creeping in the church. Elliot is a clear example of how strong women can stand firm against this "serious distortion of truth."

A few of my favorite quotes:

"The life of faith is lived one day at a time, and it has to be lived -not always looked forward to as though the "real" living were around the next corner. It is for
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Shantelle
Elisabeth Elliot is always worth reading by, I believe! Great book! What a beautiful design...woman and man, femininity and masculinity. What a joy to be a woman as my awesome Creator and God designed.
Jennifer Auxier
Dec 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books of all time. All Christian women need to read this.
Joellen
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wisdom
Living in a culture that screams I should abandon my God given femininity, I found this book refreshing and invigorating. I love Elisabeth’s humility in her submission to and reverence of God’s design when He created man and woman in His image.

I also found the way Elisabeth described her setting as she started writing each letter like essay to be quite charming. It made the book feel like we were enjoying a cup of coffee together.

I know I’m really enjoying a book if I stop to read quotes to Ry
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Grete
Elliot's writing is lovely. Occasionally her arguments are simplistic, but although I personally struggle to accept the "traditional, conservative" Christian understanding of gender roles, I nevertheless find Elliot to be full of wisdom and truth. She may rub my feminist tendencies the wrong way, but she provides such a worthy text for wrestling with. ...more
S.G. Willoughby
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While I personally may not have been quite at the point to where I could fully appreciate some of the advice and topics in this book (not having marriage in my near future- too young), it had a whole lot of wisdom! I also really liked the style of Elisabeth Elliot writing notes to her daughter. :) It was very readable, and the profound truths were given very honestly, boldly, and humbly.
Christy Stewart
Aug 15, 2011 rated it did not like it
Creepy.
Julia Burford
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely excellent. I would highly recommend that all Christian women read this book.
Marija
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is deeply rooted in Christianity. It is a book written for woman about marriage particularly and as the title says what it is to be a (Christian) woman.
I think as well that it needs to be read with the partner. If there is not mutual understanding of the concept of what the Christian marriage is, it could easily make a countereffect (especially in woman).

But the book makes sure of that as well. No worries.

It was quite humbling and healing experience to read Ms Elliot's book and I ap
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Ari
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
oooh this book made my blood BOIL. I started adding tabs to pages (for things that I both didn’t like and liked about the book) and made 51 markings. Obviously, I’m not going to go through every one of those notes or this will be a book of its own but I will touch on some things. I’ll start with things I didn’t like or disagreed with and then (hopefully) end it on a good note by writing down some things that I did like! I’m not very argumentative or very articulate, but these are just my thought ...more
Ciera
Nov 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The book is short and succinct — but life changing. Elliot offers words of wisdom on the meaning of womanhood and shares that in order to learn who we are as women, we must start with the One Who made us.


She unabashedly discusses marriage and singleness, submission to authority and the inherent differences between masculinity and femininity. In an age of feminism, this book is a beautiful reminder of the gift of sexuality, the gift of individuality and relationships. Men and women are not "equa
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Joy C.
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is truly such a good book! It came to me to start reading it at the right time really, almost providentially I think, especially because in my tentative study of literature and culture I find so much feminism and crude defiance of the traditional, God-ordained callings of men and woman in life, marriage and the home, and this book was truly a refreshing draft of water, an uplifting and challenging reminder of the goodness and glorious beauty of God's perfect Design. It was made especially p ...more
Natalie Weber
Oct 29, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-living
This book of 49 short chapters is a collection of notes that Elisabeth Elliot wrote for her daughter on the meaning of womanhood. The notes were written in anticipation of her daughter’s impending marriage, so much of the advice centers on what makes a marriage successful, and the woman’s role in a marriage. This wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but I gleaned a variety of little nuggets of wisdom that are equally applicable in the life of an unmarried woman. Here is one such nugget: “Nothing t ...more
Natasha
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english, favourites
"In order to learn what it means to be a woman, we must start with the One who made her."

"Every creature of God is given something that could be called an inconvenience, I suppose, depending on one's perspective.  The elephant and the mouse might each complain about his size, the turtle about his shell, the bird about the weight of his wings. ...  The special gift and ability of each creature defines its special limitations.  And as the bird easily comes to terms with the necessity of bearing wi
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Rachelle Cobb
Oct 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-read
This classic title on biblical womanhood holds a treasured place on my shelf, and its dog-eared pages are proof it has spent time off my shelf, as well. Written to her daughter, Valerie, this book is my favorite of Elliot’s amazing tomes. I highly recommend it to all women wanting to enter into a conversation with one of the spiritual giants of our age. Covering such broad topics as feminism and marriage, this book will be relevant to all Christian women, but I think it holds a special place in ...more
Savanna Roberts
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian
I really enjoyed reading this book. I read it the month before my wedding, when I felt that all hell was breaking loose. My fiancé at the time and I were still living 1,000 miles apart, and the distance was unbearable. My relationships were struggling, and my faith and values were struggling.
I was gifted this book by sweet family, and I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’m always nervous about reading faith based books since a lot of them end up being too preachy. But that is not the message I found
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“This love of which I speak is slow to lose patience - it looks for a way of being constructive.
Love is not possessive.
Love is not anxious to impress nor does it cherish inflated ideas of its own ideas.
Love has good manners and does not pursue selfish advantage.
Love is not touchy.
Love does not keep account of evil or gloat over the wickedness of other people. On the contrary, it is glad with all good men when truth prevails.
Love knows no limits to its endurance, no end to its trust, no fading of its hope; it can outlast anything. It is, in fact, the one thing that stands when all else has fallen.”
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