Thursday, March 29, 2012

Elisera's Featured Book

"Queen of the Home"
A compilation of essays, poetry, and quotes on the Honor, Nobility, and Power of Biblical Womanhood.

My sisters and I received this book from a special family for Christmas.  I have had the chance to begin reading it during my quiet time, and I love it.  Sure, it's just essays, quotes, and poetry that date from the late 1800s to present day, but they are as accurate as if they were written today.  The value of Biblical womanhood will not change in the years to come, even if, in the next century, only a faithful few remember its true definition.
I would readily recommend this to daughters young and old, whether married or single.  The book itself is an easy read, divided into five sections (chapters): Chapter 1: Noble Womanhood, Chapter 2: The King's Daughters, Chapter 3: Queen of the Home, Chapter 4: Monarch of the Cradle, and Chapter 5: The Power of Parenthood; each a treasure-trove of encouragement to the reader.  
Below, I've added an excerpt from the introduction as written by the editor, Jennifer M. McBride, a queen and mother of eight.
Please don't pass over this or deem it unimportant.

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. (Proverbs 31:10)

As we look back just a few generations ago, we see a vastly different view of the keeper at home than the one commonly held today.  It was a view that upheld the Biblical standard and understood that this was no mere job but a noble and sacred calling, a position of power and influence like no other.

The role of wife and mother was held in high esteem in the past, and considered worthy of great honor, appreciation, and respect.  The homemaker was seen as strong, capable, intelligent and irreplaceable, not only a crucial part of the home, but a foundational bulwark of society.

Sadly, much has changed.  Over the last century Biblical womanhood has been under extreme fire from radical feminists and Marxists.  In their attempts to annihilate the traditional, God-ordained family unit, they have rightly understood that one of their top strategies must be not only to attack and destroy strong manhood, but to remove women from their rightful sphere.

One of their most successful tactics has been to belittle and demean the role of the woman at home, passionately proclaiming that this is a worse-than-useless position and one to be eschewed at all costs.  Those whom they fail to convince to actually leave their homes are made to feel as though they are wasting their lives in mindless drudgery and that they are even a drain on society...

The role of the keeper at home, once deeply appreciated and honored, is now looked upon as an insult to the intelligence of today's woman... Why should modern women waste their time and ambitions on such things [laundry, changing diapers, cooking, etc.] when they can go out and unleash their talent on the world?

As a result of this insidious viewpoint, society has been turned upside down, divorce runs rampant, and children are commonly raised by daycare workers, government school teachers, and television.  Men are increasingly abandoning their roles as providers and protectors, and women are being driven to exhaustion by the myth of a super-woman who successfully juggles a husband, career, children, and time for herself...

Doug Phillips sums it up so well:
Off to war went the daughters.
Left behind the men and babes.
Noble womanhood was slaughtered
Craving freedom became slaves.

Scripture declares the truth:  It is through the saving work of Christ... that a woman is most honored and elevated to a position like no other on earth.  She is given great respect, mighty responsibilities, and a specific realm over which she is to reign.

(See 1 Timothy 5:14 and Titus 2:5)

In the famous chapter of Proverbs 31, we have a detailed description that shows just how strong, capable, and influential the virtuous woman of God really is.  What might not be as well known is what is packed into the actual meaning of the word "virtuous" which appears in Scripture four times: Ruth 3:11, Proverbs 12:4, Proverbs 31:10, and Proverbs 31:29.

While this word is usually translated to mean "moral" or "pure", and while this meaning too should define a godly woman, this is not the meaning of the word used in the passages above... In the original Hebrew this word [virtuous] is "chayil", which is also translated throughout the Bible as "strength", "ability", "valiant", "army", "host", "forces", "riches", "wealth", "substance", "power" and even "war"!  No wonder such a woman is far more valuable than rubies!

The godly wife and mother is no household drudge, weak doormat, or mindless parasite.  She is a mighty warrior queen who fights righteous battles at her husband's side and reigns with him over the home and domain God has given them...

Although Feminism continues her barrage against womanhood, we must refuse to heed her lies anymore.  Let us victoriously reclaim our thrones for the sake of our families, the advancement of Christ's Kingdom, and the glory of God.

Jennifer M. McBride
May 2011

I couldn't say it better myself.
Daughters, sisters, I encourage you to strive to be queens, even if you, like my sisters and I who still remain at home, do not yet have a house (or castle) of our own, nor a husband and children to tend to.  However, if you "think like a queen, you will begin to act like a queen.  Walk like a queen.  Speak like a queen - this will definitely make you feel more queenly..." (Called to Queenhood, Nancy Campbell)

You are daughters of the King!
Don't forget that.



Sammy and Missy Parris said...

We've been looking at this since we saw it in the Vision Forum catalog. It looks so good. So would you say it would be more for the Mom or the daughters or a good book to read together? You ladies have a very nice blog. We enjoy reading it.

Three Maidens said...

Thank you very much! In my opinion, I would say it is a good book to read together, both mother and daughter(s). The first two chapters focus on the value of womanhood and our roles as daughters of the King, the third speaks to wives, however I found the advice to married woman encouraging to me now and helpful for future reference. Thanks for reading!