Tuesday, March 31, 2009

True Beauty: A Review

Each year Vision Forum hosts a very special weekend for fathers and daughters to deepen their relationships and to be encouraged. Although I have never been to one of these retreats I have had the pleasure this past month of listening to the eight CD set from last years retreat.

At the 2008 Father Daughter Discipleship Retreat speakers Doug Phillips, Scott Brown, Geoffrey Botkin and daughters Anna Sophia and Elizabeth Botkin brought six messages that were filled with biblical exhortation, practical advice and vision for biblical father daughter relationships. The issues addressed included how a daughter should relate to every member of her family, how to prepare for marriage to a godly courageous man, what a true beauty looks like, the Proverbs 31 woman, and how fathers are to protect the daughters in their home. Every message painted the picture of the biblical woman God wants each of us to become and aim for to His glory.

It took me several weeks to get through this set, there was just so much to chew on. I have read several books on the subject of biblical womanhood, yet I still find I need the fresh encouragement as it is a subject so highly contended not just in the culture of the world but the church as well. As I listened I was exhorted, I learned new things, I renewed my vision for what God wants me to become, and I was rebuked for where I have failed. All of the CDs were good, but if I were to pick a favorite it would be the message by Scott Brown on the Proverbs 31 woman. He presented 12 key principles from Proverbs 31 that should be the mark of a godly woman, I found this especially helpful in guiding me as I seek to educate and prepare my self toward that ideal.

If you too are looking for encouragement as a daughter remaining at home or are just catching the vision to return to your father's house you will find this set a great blessing. It would also be great if you and your father could listen to it together. To read more about this set or purchase it click this link to the Vision Forum website.

List of the CD titles included in True Beauty:
  1. Foundation Vision for Father & Daughters ~ Doug Phillips
  2. The Proverbs 31 Woman ~ Scott Brown
  3. Transitions from Beautiful Girlhood to Noble Womanhood ~ Anna & Elizabeth Botkin
  4. Beauty: What Is It? ~ Doug Phillips
  5. Fathers, Daughters, & Family ~ Panel Discussion
  6. Continued from CD 5
  7. How to Prepare a Daughter for Marriage ~ Geoffrey Botkin
  8. How Fathers Can Protect Their Daughters in a Defiling Age ~ Scott Brown


Under Southern Skies said...

It sounds interestingand encouranging, Lydia! Thanks for the review. How is the weather up in MI? It has been stormy today down here today, but other than that warm and sunny! :)

Lydia said...

Up here it is rainy, cloudy and cold. As the saying goes, "April showers bring May flowers". Sounds much nicer down there. =)The early spring bulbs should be blooming soon, I am quite excited to start seeing some green and color. =D

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