**Thanks BookLook Bloggers for a review copy of this book.
If you’re a conservative woman, or a Christian woman, or (heaven forbid!) both, you’ve been there: you’re participating in a group conversation at a party, or even perhaps on Facebook. A statement is made that goes against your values. Probably, several such statements. You listen politely, nod your head, smile. But at a certain point, you speak up with a sentence or two that betray your beliefs. Then, you’re denounced, told why your thoughts are incorrect, or perhaps just given “the look.”
I’ve been there many times, and Penny Young Nance begins her book, “Feisty and Feminine,” with such a situation.
Nance, the President of Concerned Women for America, has written this book to encourage women to stand up for their beliefs and to refuse to be silent — as Christians and conservatives have been for too long. I’m not sure why, but I’ve noticed in my own life that those who are of a liberal persuasion never seem reluctant to spout their beliefs in public. Maybe it’s because their ideals usually align with the predominant, pc culture of the day. Regardless of the reason, conservative young women are usually cowed into silence because they’re afraid they’ll be accused of bigotry, racism, a lack of compassion, or even hate.
Nance encourages us to be “Esther women”: the Biblical Esther stood up for her people (the Jews) boldly. Esther was told that she was placed in the time and place she was “for such a time as this,” and we women of today are in the same position.
The book features a theme for each chapter, something around which Christian women can rally: pro-life issues, Islamic extremism, the sanctity of marriage, and more.
To me, the book was like reading a whole series of editorials by a conservative who I agree with. It didn’t contain a lot that was new to me, but it was good as a reminder to let my light shine in this world as best I can, with God’s help. I think the book would make an excellent high school or college graduation gift for a conservative young lady, who may not have yet developed the backbone she’ll need to face the onslaught of the pc culture in which we live.
If you’re conservative — have you ever had to stand up for your beliefs in a hostile environment? Hey — because I’m all about equal opportunity here — if any liberals have faced a similar situation, I’d love to hear about that as well. We all probably tend to feel that our viewpoint is the one that is usually put-upon, so it would be interesting to hear from the other side.