Women comprise at least half the world, and usually more than half the church, but so often Christian teaching to women either fails to move beyond a discussion of roles, or assumes a particular economic situation or stage of life. This all but shuts women out from contributing to God's kingdom as they were designed to do.
Furthermore, the plight of women in the Majority World demands a Christian response, a holistic embrace of all that God calls women and men to be in his world. The strongest voices speaking into women's lives in the 21st century are Islam and feminism - systems that reside at opposite ends of the spectrum. Does the church's message for women stake out the middle ground, or lead the way to something much better?
The Bible contains the highest possible view of women and invests women's lives with cosmic significance, regardless of their age, stage of life, social status, or culture. Carolyn Custis James unpacks three transformative themes the Bible presents to women that raise the bar for women and calls them to join their brothers in advancing God's gracious kingdom on earth. These new images of what can be in Christ free women to embrace the life God gives them, no matter what happens. Carolyn encourages listeners with a positive, kingdom approach to the changes, challenges, and opportunities facing women throughout the world today.
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Half the Church
The author could have taken a more encouraging approach. As a woman, I have always felt valued and encouraged to do God's work at home and in the church, but the author makes an assumption that her readers feel as discontented as she.
Not really. If this genre is "Christian Books", I would be happy to continue reading many books in this genre, but not by this author.
As I read the book, I was not convinced by her arguments, but persevered until I finished the book. I felt as if I was lectured to throughout most of the book. I felt concerned that the author is trying to stir up discontent among women of the church.
I sensed a somewhat critical tone throughout most of the book. The author was attempting to motivate women to do something extraordinary, but because of the somewhat negative tone, the attempt to challenge did not work in my case. I have read many Christian books that have helped me to grow in my faith and do more for the Lord. This book, however, was lacking in the love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, and gentleness I have come to appreciate in a good motivational book for believers.
- G. C. Christensen III