"Why am I so consumed with what's trivial instead of what's really important?" "When I feel like a failure, I look at somebody else and get so envious.""I know why I accumulate nice things and even nice peopleto prove that I'm worth something."
Mary Ellen Ashcroft knows firsthand about these thoughts and feelings. In this book she writes about where the needs and motivations of women come from, what temptations hook into these needs and how women can get beyond them. As women, she says, we can find ourselves tempted to fill our lives with thingslet our anger consume usfocus on food or dietingbelieve distortions about sexget stuck in our dissatisfaction
Ashcroft maintains that we should look honestly at our temptations and ask what they tell us about ourselves. She believes that God's intention is not simply that we avoid, resist or flee temptation, but that we use it to fire our spiritual growth in areas of life we have neglected. Temptations Women Face shows the way through each temptation and helps us day by day to build a life pleasing to God.
About the Author
Mary Ellen Ashcroft is college chaplain and professor of English at Kalamazoo Christian College (Michigan). She has previously taught at Bethel College in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Table of Contents
ProloguePart I: What's the Problem?
1. Women Are Different: Legends & Findings
2. Temptation & Sin from a Woman's PerspectivePart II: Symptoms: Trying to Fill the Aching Gap
3. Trusting Externals to Make Us Feel Good
4. Filling Our Lives with Things
5. Focusing on Food
6. Filling Our Lives with the Trivial
7. Letting Our Anger Consume Us
8. Believing Distortions About Intimacy
9. Believing Distortions About Sex
10. Getting Stuck in Our DissatisfactionPart III: Building a Holy Life
11. A Quick Fix for a Holy Life
12. Dead End: Legalism or License
13. Being Real with Ourselves, Others & God
14. Responsible Belonging in a Community of Faith
AppendixPrayers of Confession