The father-daughter team of Urban Alternative founder and senior pastor at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Texas, Tony Evans and daughter Chrystal Evans Hurst combine their talents and expertise to pen Kingdom Women. An encouraging book that inspires women to be who God created them to be. Chrystal’s frank and authentic perspective, enhanced by her father’s sound Bible teachings merge into one concise message about women’s “purpose, power and possibilities.”
Women today are challenged with families, work and multi-tasking that leaves many with feelings of inadequacy because they can’t be all things to all people. Women have lost sight of God’s plan and forgotten that men and women were created “equally in the image of God” with distinct and different roles” within God’s order, reasons Pastor Evans.
He believes people haven’t learned the “value of God’s kingdom” or “what they’re been placed here to represent.” He contends churches have settled for “buildings and programs instead of teaching men and women how to access the authority of the kingdom.” He asks readers to consider the fact that Jesus only mentions “church” three times in Matthew, while He uses “kingdom” fifty-four times.
Chrystal writes about women spending more time analyzing what they are not or what they don’t have than they do recognizing who they were “created to be.” She uses Satan’s temptation of Eve as an example of what first had to happen in Eve’s mind before she bit into the apple, brought about by her “conversation with the devil.”
She cites instances where women “rehearse,” over and over, their “dissatisfaction, unhappiness and displeasure,” reinforcing the negative in their thoughts, words and actions. Instead, she says it’s all about “choice” and that’s what this book is about. Choosing to see ourselves as God created us to be or believing the lies of Satan, “cultivated by the culture we live in.”
She reminds women God didn’t create Eve at Adam’s request. Instead God created Eve because “it is not good for man to be alone.” Gen 2:18. Chrystal and her father offer women scriptural tools to see themselves through the God’s lens and His values and purposes for them. Or to quote Eleanor Roosevelt, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Kingdom Woman divided into three sections, first focuses on the biblical values, hope and commitment necessary to the Foundation of a Kingdom Woman. The middle segment illustrates the power, pursuit and possibilities of a Kingdom Woman’s faith and why “prayer is a powerful tool in the hands of a kingdom woman.” The book concludes with how such a woman bears “fruit” in their personal, family and professional lives within their churches and community. In Chrystal's own words.
The book is more motivational than self-help and is designed to empower women to find their God-given potential. Chrystal follows in the exceptional steps of her father with this debut book and devotional featured in the list that releases October 1.
Kingdom Woman: Embracing your Purpose, Power & Possibilities, by Tony Evans & Chrystal Evans Hurst, Tyndale House Publishers, 2013, 224 Pages, 978-1589977433, $19.99
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