Womanly Dominion [More Than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit]

Mark Chanski, in his book Womanly Dominion: More Than A Gentle and Quiet Spirit, does an excellent job of reminding us, as women, that we are called to take dominion right along side of our husbands. Pastor Chanski writes from a conservative, Biblical point of view, building practically on the Genesis 1 mandate to “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth”.

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Throughout his book, Chanski carefully moves us between the Old Testament and the New Testament, looking at the full picture of the life that God intended for women. While we are reminded in 1 Peter 3 to embrace the qualities of a gentle and quiet spirit which is pleasing to God, we are also told in Proverbs 31 to gird ourselves with physical strength. Many might be confused by these seemingly conflicting verses, but Pastor Chanski shows us that God’s Word meshes seamlessly, giving us a complete picture of biblical womanhood, embracing the full counsel of God’s word rather than just a few verses taken out of context.

The opening chapters in Womanly Dominion move us through dominion theology by unpacking the Scriptures in a clear, down-to-earth manner. The next two chapters look at several women from the Old and New Testaments who exhibited womanly dominion and why their actions were God honoring. From Sarah and the daughters of Zelophehad to Mary the mother of Jesus, and Priscilla, I very much enjoyed the chapters on these women, and learned a great deal from them.

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I used my highlighter frequently while reading Womanly Dominion.

The rest of the book is more practical in nature, as it looks at the various roles of women and how we can practice womanly dominion, as God intended, in our own lives through motherhood, child rearing, in marriage, in the church and even in the public square. Pastor Chanski tackles the difficult subjects of when, if ever, it’s wise for a woman to work outside the home, run for public office, or serve her country in the military. Without a doubt, the chapters applying womanly dominion to the various roles I am currently enjoying were the most encouraging and helpful. I was blessed by his encouragement that we function best when we are educated, which echoes my constant reminder to you to keep learning, always, by reading.

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Ladies, our God intended role in this world is no small thing! Knowing, and understanding, that is important. Knowing and understanding that we can do none of it on our own, but that we can do all we are intended for through Christ is an amazing grace! Don’t let anyone tell you that biblical womanhood is oppressive. It is freeing!

Author Mark Chanski has been a full time pastor since 1986 and has been Pastor of Reformed Baptist Church of Holland, Michigan since 1994, He also teaches in the Reformed Baptist Seminary in Easley, South Carolina. He and his wife, Dianne, have five children who are all young adults.

I highly recommend Womanly Dominion: More Than A Gentle and Quiet Spirit for any woman, and especially for any mother, who desires to fully understand how God intends for us to fulfill the dominion mandate.

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4 comments to Womanly Dominion [More Than a Gentle and Quiet Spirit]

  • as a former feminist, i can assure you that true liberation began when i gave my life to Jesus Christ and embraced womanhood (the way it is meant to be..). when the phrase “quiet and gentle spirit” is used, i think of “meekness” which is *controlled strength*. thank you for the book review, cheryl…always a good read and thoughtful presentation. :o)

  • I always look forward to your book reviews!

    Hehehe, this is so different than the book that was popular when I got married. Do you remember The Total Woman? 😉