Feminine Appeal

For several years, I’ve enjoyed reading Girltalk, the blog Carolyn Mahaney writes with her three married daughters. The girls are down to earth, sensible and friendly. Mrs. Mahaney’s book, Feminine Appeal – Seven Virtues of a Godly Wife and Mother, is filled with the same common sense and practical application that I’ve enjoyed from the blog.


Like a conversation with a wise friend over coffee, the book unveils the womanly virtues found in the early verses of Titus 2 , and then devotes an entire chapter to each. Plenty of real life examples are given, many from Mrs. Mahaney’s own marriage. The chapters include the themes of loving our husbands, loving our children, self-control, purity, the honor of working at home, practicing kindness and the beauty of true, biblical submission. The books ends with a beautiful tribute to the author’s mother, who modeled all of these qualities in her own home, teaching her daughter by her own good example.

One chapter in particular, “The Rewards of Kindness”, was especially beneficial to me, as I often struggle with displaying kindness to the members of my own family. Mrs. Mahaney’s practical advice on exercising kindness in the home was spot on, and her encouragement to plan ahead for dealing kindly in difficult situations was especially helpful.

Feminine Appeal was a great read for the beginning of a new year. Recommended!


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