Well, it's interesting. We're concentrating on Prov 31. We are encouraged not to feel inadequate in the face of our struggles over 'But what if I have runs in my stocking? (I’m sure they were all right when I left home.) What if I consistently lose one of my husband’s socks in the washing machine, and I regularly misplace my car in the supermarket parking lot? (“It’s blue, sir, I know it’s blue.”)
Is there any hope for me if I dream of writing a book about my small children called From Here to Insanity, and if I’m shaped like a pillow instead of a post? Is there any hope for a woman, if she’s not everything she ought to be, facing this description of an excellent woman?'
What's wrong with me - I worry about none of these things - stockings and my husband's socks, being shaped like a pillow etc - okay I'm not the best driver in the world but I know more about my car than just its colour. Never mind - i can always skip that bit.
What do I do with the next bit though:'Whenever women are mentioned, there is instruction regarding women. You think of some of the key passages, though there are many others: Proverbs 31, 1 Peter chapter 3, Titus 2, 1 Timothy 2, and many illustrations of the women of Scriptures.' Oh no, I know what will be made of these 'instructions'!
I read about how 'Why did God create the man first, and then the woman? What does it mean for man to provide a spiritual covering and protection for a wife, and for a woman to be a responder to male initiative? Why is this a biblical way of thinking—in a culture that thinks you’ve got two heads if you talk that way, in a culture where it’s very politically incorrect to see any but the obvious physiological differences between men and women?'
The thing is 'being a responder to male initiative' is only just counter-cultural. For most of this planet's history of mankind, women have submitted to patriarchy. Isn't it more counter-cultural, internationally (universally) to rejoice in your equality in Christ, instead of being subordinate to your husband? In many countries of the world patriarchy is still the norm.
There is some good stuff but there's also a lot that's very predictable.