Modesty is a topic dear and near to my heart. I was so excited to review Nicole’s book for her! Reading through it you can tell that her heart is set on pleasing the Lord and encouraging women to biblically consider their clothing choices. The Scriptures aren't silent on the issue of attire. If you read Proverbs 7:10 you’ll see that there is attire that makes one look like a harlot (And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtil of heart.) This is in direct contrast with what God commands of godly women. Nicole does an excellent job of providing scripture to explain the biblical mandate for Christian women to dress modestly. She does this in a gentle way continuously reminding the reader that while God commands us ladies to dress modestly He doesn’t have a cookie cutter approach to it, each family will arrive at their own standards. The general rule is to cover your body so as not to draw attention to yourself but to give God all the glory, to be light in a dark world, and to not cause a brother to stumble. What do I mean by God doesn’t have a cookie cutter approach? Well I mean He doesn’t say that your dress must be 4 inches below the knees or that you must wear only plain colored clothes, etc. There is a bit of freedom in that area as long as the general rule is met.
In the first chapter Nicole dives into defining modesty. Modesty is not necessarily just clothing related. Nicole reminds us ladies that a gentle and quiet spirit is precious to God. I like the way she describes it as a form of holiness. She states, “Dressing modestly is a form of holiness. It is a way for us to be set apart for the Lord in a way that is pleasing to Him.” During the first chapter Nicole gently reminds us that as new creatures in Christ all things are new and the old are passed away. All things include our attire. When the precious blood of the lamb Jesus washes over us, in that moment, in the twinkling of an eye, we are born again. We are changed. We are different. And because of that our lives in every part will change. Our actions will reflect being born again. We’ll have godly fruit. Of course, not all this happens right away as sanctification is a lifelong event but at some point in time, bit by bit, things change.
Nicole continues to touch on why dressing modestly is important. She presents quite a bit of Scripture to back up her claims. She touches on quite a few different topics in the world of modesty such as does Jesus care about what we wear, head coverings, and swimsuits just to name a few. While coverings swimsuits she’s kind enough to provide websites to modest swimsuits. Very convenient for the reader. There’s mention of men and modesty too. Most people, when dealing with this topic, forget that modesty isn’t just for women but for men too. I like the fact that she included this bit of information in her book along with Scripture to prove her point. In one chapter she gets personal with the reader by sharing her own testimony from the 1980s retro look to the long, practical, denim skirt. Quite the change. At one point she quotes a lady who refers to dressing modestly as “missionary fashion.” I really like that. “Missionary fashion.” Simple and to the point. At the end of each chapter Nicole has included thoughts to ponder in a question format. This makes putting together a ladies bookstudy that much easier. You don’t have to think of questions yourself though if you desire to you shouldn’t let anything stop you. Her book is a short read and I do believe you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
I cherished my time reading her delightful book. It reinforced my beliefs. However, there were some things I disagreed with her on and just flat out disliked. I disagreed with her view on 1 Timothy 2:8,9 in regards to worship. I dislike the fact that she quotes numerous versions of the Bible. That just annoys me. Personally I read the KJV only. A book that quotes otherwise isn’t going to scare me off. I’ll just pick up my bible and check the Scripture they’re quoting to make sure it’s in context and to see what the KJV reads as. I do this with any book, even if they quote the KJV. But what I can’t stand is when numerous versions are quoted. It’s like bible ADHD. Just pick a version and stick with it. Another thing that annoys me is the cover. I don't understand why immodest pictures are put on the cover of books speaking against immodesty. It's contradictory. I keep reminding myself, "don't judge a book by its cover." I encourage you to do the same because the contents of the book are great. Those are minor things in the big scheme.
I own the kindle edition and guess what!!! My copy won’t become friends with the delete button. Out of five stars I give the book four. One star being taken off due to the reasons listed in the above paragraph.
Nicole is a homeschooling mom to seven children. She enjoys writing, reading, sewing, and blogging. She has written a novel, A Young Mother’s Redemption, which was published in January 2016. Also published by her is a devotional for moms, 31 Days of Rest: A Daily Devotional for the Weary Mom.
You can find Nicole at her blog childrenareablessing.org
Her website nicolecrone.net
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