There is beginning to be an abundance of books written with the Catholic woman in mind. Sometimes I wonder if there can really be too much of a good thing. I mean, can I really read five different books on the subject of womanhood and not get completely bored with them? Yes, I can!
I just finished reading Wrapped Up: God’s Ten Gifts for Women and I must admit that I was wary of choosing yet another book about Catholic womanhood when I chose to review this book. I chose it because the authors are Teresa Tomeo and Cheryl Dickow, two prolific Catholic writers who happen to be strong Christian women. I am so glad that I decided to read this book!
The book has ten chapters, each one dedicated to one gift from God. Each chapter is then broken into two sub-chapters: Timeless Truths and Timely Truths. Timeless Truths are written by Cheryl Dickow and she takes the gift and illustrates how it was modeled by a Biblical woman. Timely Truths are written by Teresa Tomeo and show the Catholic woman how to embrace this gift in the real world. Each sub-chapter begins with a quote and ends with a mantra or takeaway that the reader can meditate upon after reading.
I thought that this book was a creative approach to celebrating womanhood and offering a fresh perspective on what it means to be a real woman in the 21st century. We can take those timeless truths- the ones that God teaches us in the Bible- and transfer them into our everyday lives using the approach found in this lovely book. If you are not a fan of books that require the reader to begin a journal or to look up Bible passages, this is a great book for you. This is a simple, yet effective book that does not require a lot of extra time to get the most out of it. The best approach to this book would be to read a chapter (or sub-chapter) and then meditate upon the “Takeaway” at the end.