Freedom for Mothers
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While this resource has much to recommend it, "Freedom" also has significant deficiencies that should not be overlooked.
At 272 pages, this study is twice as long and half as lucid as it could be. Author Denise Glenn tries hard--perhaps too hard--to cover too much at once. The result is a voluminous, tedious study that often over-reaches while remaining thin on focus and consequence. Also problematic is Glenn's penchant for proof-texting and her frequent violation of the historical-grammatical method of Biblical exegesis.
Curiously, Freedom for Mothers claims to be "based on John 15," but doesn't stay there for long. Instead, the material careens through Old and New Testaments like Dale Earnhardt, Jr. at the Daytona 500. The unfortunate result is a muddled mad dash through Holy Writ that is virtually incoherent in places. Additionally, the fill-in-the-blank sections following specific workbook questions sometimes have little or nothing to do with the Biblical text noted. The use of verse fragments and/or partial paragraphs to "support" a particular viewpoint remains problematic. (The tiny print will also be difficult for some eyes.)
Especially disappointing is the lack of attention Freedom gives to the main reason for "dying to self" and "living in the Spirit": that believers may more fully and accurately reflect the image of Christ in the on-going process of sanctification.
Opinions on Freedom will vary. Some women will love it, some won't. Loaded with good intentions and a charming journalistic style, this material falls short as a balanced Bible study. Serious students of Scripture may be disappointed.
* Let the buyer beware.
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