Cynthia Heald's Becoming A Woman of Excellence begins with Boaz's words in Ruth 3:11, "All my people in the city know that you are a woman of excellence," to delve into a in-depth study of biblical excellence. Heald starts by addressing why we should strive for excellence, then guides readers through a conversation regarding the cost of such an endeavor. Part three-- the real substance of the book-- defines and expounds on several important characteristics of excellence. The study ends with a short chapter exploring the results of a excellently lived life. Each chapter includes plenty of scripture references, quotes from a diverse group of Christian authors, reflections from "older women," and a memory verse.
While any woman can complete the study alone-- as I did-- I would definitely recommend doing it in a group setting. Many questions would have yielded a much deeper experience with the added benefit of discussion. Additionally, I would encourage readers to power through the first two sections of the book in without quitting. While it's important to establish why we should pursue excellence, sections one and two can get a bit tedious. The reader has already chosen to read this book, so we can assume that she grasps its importance. Section three, which addresses discipline, discretion, gentle and quiet spirits, purity, and wisdom, however, will be powerful, applicable, and convicting to any woman regardless of age or experience.
The scripture memory verses for each chapter are also well-chosen and edifying. I've created free printables for each one here.
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.