Adorned by Nancy Demoss Wolgemuth uses Titus 2 to address how older and younger women can live out the gospel together.
It answers the question, “How in the world do we manage to adorn the gospel and let it adorn us in the midst of mundane or agonizing realities?”
“We need to understand how to adorn the teaching of the gospel of Christ with the way we live—and to help each other to do the same. The biblical model of older women living out the gospel and training younger women to do the same is vital for us all to thrive.”
This book is divided into three sections:
Part One: A Woman Under God
Part Two, A Woman Under Control
Part Three: A Woman Under Her Roof
Wolgemuth encourages women to teach and live out sound doctrine.
“Sound doctrine tells us that we exist to bring glory to God and that every circumstance that comes into our lives can contribute to that end.”
My favorite chapter was “A Sophron State of Mind” where Wolgemuth explores what it means to have a sound mind by exploring the greek definition of the word Sophron.
There’s a helpful chart in this chapter that compares a non-sophron woman to a sophron woman in the areas of her mindset and attitudes, her emotions, her tongue, and her behavior.
“Are my words, actions, or reactions excessive, compulsive, or unstable?”
When our thinking is in line with sound doctrine, then our thoughts will lead to actions that are self-controlled.
“When God’s word is learned and lived out by older and younger women together; the outcome will be stunningly beautiful.”
Adorned is 352 pages. The tone of the book felt more like a sermon/study intended to spur conviction. In some areas of the book, I would have preferred a more gentle leading narrative.
I received a free copy of this book from Moody Publishers in exchange for my honest review.