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April 1973 · Vol. 2 No. 2 · pp. 62–63 

Book Review

Ms. Means Myself

Gladys Hunt. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 1972. 145 pages.

Reviewed by Esther Wiens

As the title suggests, this book deals with the contemporary woman’s quest for identity and fulfillment. Although the author reveals an awareness of the more strident voices of the women’s liberation movement, she chooses to speak in gentle and persuasive tones which emanate from a firm belief in the compatibility of the biblical principles regarding a Christian woman’s behavior, and the contemporary woman’s desire for a richer life; she encourages reconciliation between men and women, pointing out how the sexes complement each other in various ways. The woman who grasps for freedom by running from “home and hearth” may simply be “. . .rushing to get the front seat on the bus without knowing where it is going.” (p. 46) She does not have to achieve certain things in order to prove her personal worth; this has already been declared through Christ’s sacrificial death. Fulfillment, says the author, lies not in escape but in accepting one’s situation and attaining a certain quality of life within it. A woman, whether she is married or single, might best achieve this by {63} accepting herself as she is, and by entering creatively into the adventure of life.

The book is kept lively with anecdotes from the author’s personal experiences; it realizes a certain depth through frequent quotations from the Bible and from the works of modern thinkers. Its greatest value lies in the fact that the author has been able to write convincingly about the joy of being a woman in today’s world.

Esther Wiens
Mennonite Brethren Bible College, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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