Woman; How Great Tho Art
Author – Theresa Martin
Not to long ago ; I recently read a wonderful inspiring book about the mysteries and blessings of women and God’s plan for her.
I delighted in reading this book because it spoke about the truth of God’s wonderful plan for me as a woman, and how disastrous it can and will eventually be if I were to reject it.but not only for me but for my marriage,my children and their future as well as for society.
It spoke about our wonderful strengths and contributions as a woman, I have to life,solely because I am a woman. Reading this book reconfirmed everything I believe in with my faith and what I strive to do each day.God’s Will for woman is such a important one and a necessity one for us, as husband and wife, to work together ,to be able to compliment each others gifts as a man or a woman. To work in harmony, not accordingly to our law or even the churches law-but divine law,God’s laws which is the law we must follow to gain internal life in heaven with Him.
“He creates man. Strong in form, muscular and toned, he owns the earth and conquers what dwells there. The protector is in place, the stage is set, for the entrance of woman.
Of cause man and woman were both made in the image and likeness of God, but each received particular gifts. Neither is greater than the other, nor is it a static equality, but a vibrant complementarity!”
“God is Father,Son, and Holy Spirit, but indeed the Blessed Trinity transcends our understanding of sex -for together man and woman are the image and likeness of God”
“Margaret Mead nailed it when she said ‘ Every time we liberate a woman,we liberate a man.”
(Quotes from “Woman, how great thou art”)
I love how beautifully the author described how both roles of a husband and a wife are important in a lasting marriage. How together man and woman are the likeness and image of God. I love and totally agree how neither man or woman are greater than each other. We both compliment each other, have a role to “play” in life, our own unique gifts. I see this in my marriage every day and how my husband and I work together, how our different roles compliment each other and work together to full fill the bigger picture. To pass on unique gifts down to our children, to nurture and teach our children.
I understand how God’s plan for our marriage which is full of love and sacrifice is what makes us grow in our marriage and to also help us to build a strong foundations for our family. It is when we start thinking of “I” and not “We” that problems arise.
One of my favourite quotes in the book says ” We must never use people to get and build things, but rather use things to build up people”
I think this true in many accepts in life, work, family,friends, marriage and even sex.
Another one of my favourites is ; “laws may come and go and “to have a right to do a thing is not at all the same as being right in doing it.”
I love that quote because i get so sick and tired of people saying “I have a right too…” arghhhh frustrates me…of cause everyone has the freedom to chose and do what they want, within the law or outside the law…but i think we have the freedom to also think for ourselves and honestly question whether something is truly right to start with and if we know or learn it isn’t, than to use our freedom of “rights” to learn and educate ourselves as to why it isn’t so.
I highly recommend this book to any woman ,single, engaged, married, Catholic or non Catholic…its simple and easy to read-quiet an enjoyable read actually.
So I will leave you with a quote, quoted in this book from one of my favourites Mr C.S Lewis!
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to keep it intact, you must give your heart to no one, not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements; lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness.But in the casket-safe, dark,motionless. airless-it will change. It will not be broken, it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable.” C.S Lewis
P.S A book I have started reading is “Man’s search for meaning” by Viktor Frankl which I have read the first few pages and looks like another great read! Cant wait to sink my teeth into it and also read other books on my list by Christopher West and Cardinal Arinze! 🙂