Womanly Dominion: Week 1

I’m reading Womanly Dominion along with the girltalk blog. They started posting last week. I didn’t do a very good job of mastering my domain last week, so I didn’t get to blog about the book when everyone else did. Pressing on, I’m caught up and looking forward to this week!


“Oh, how desperately our generation needs ‘a race that are men indeed.’ And how desperately we need such strong women to rear them!”

I had to stop reading in order to take stock of how I’m doing in the “strong women” and raising “a race that are men indeed” departments. Am I strong enough for this task? Have I been working in this direction from the birth of my sons? How purposeful am I when it comes to parenting my boys?

My mind wandered to the men I admire, men in my life today and those who made significant marks in history. They had mothers. Somewhere in their lives existed a strong woman who helped shape the men they became.

What an awesome task and calling it is to raise sons!

Then, I began to consider my daughters. What kind of daughters am I raising? And Chanski includes this verse: “Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, and our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace” (Psalm 144:12).

Yes, I want my daughters to become women of strength, women who inspire awe, women who fulfill their callings with great beauty! I want to be that kind of woman myself. However, I allow myself to be subdued rather than being the one doing the subduing and ruling.

Chanski writes, “It’s absolutely and wonderfully true that women are rightly designated in the Bible as the ‘weaker vessel‘ (1 Peter 3:7) who are to display a ‘gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God‘” (1 Peter 3:4).

Did you catch that?

It’s absolutely and wonderfully truerightly designated…I don’t read that often enough. I needed this reminder: There is no shame in being a woman, in being the “weaker vessel.” It is a wonderful truth. God has rightly designated women the way that He did for a purpose, a good purpose. I ought not fight it or question His wisdom or wonder if He made some mistake when He put this personality, these likes and dislikes, and these gifts into this body.

Chapter 1

I am resolved to “Play my position!” and “Win it!” for the glory of God.

I’m really interested in reading more about what Chanski has to say regarding how women can “attack” their challenges.

Of the women he profiles in this chapter, to which one could you most easily relate? I related most to “Leslie” and “Marcia.” I know it’s just a coincidence, but when I read Leslie’s struggle and how closely it resembles (one of) my own, I got goosebumps.

3 Comments on “Womanly Dominion: Week 1

  1. You make me what to read this book. I must admit I have grown a bit weary in reading "women's books" lately. No time to explain right now but you have really peeked my interest with this one.


  2. I have my Esther and Marcia moments for sure. I like how Chanski brought strength into the equation and shatters the "false stereotype of a Christan woman being a helpless and frail mouse, who passively shades herself under the parasol of her soft femininity, and adoringly waits for her husband to do all of the heavy lifting…" (p. 13). It can be so easy to take the easy way out instead of really pressing ourselves to help our husbands by being strong. Granted, we can go to the opposite extreme with this idea, so it'll be helpful to see how Chanski expounds on this throughout the book.Happy Reading!


  3. Great summary!You brought out things I'd forgotten I read…and need to go back and focus on!


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