Women make up at least half of the worldwide church. What is the church’s message to women? How does it encompass God’s whole message for us? The author of Half the Church, Carolyn Custis James, argues that the church far too often only focuses on marriage and motherhood. Isn’t there more to being a woman?
Carolyn carefully constructs a case for God’s purpose for all women’s lives- a message grander than being “beautiful in God’s eyes” and a purpose beyond “having a daily quiet time.” Carolyn is an intelligent theologian who is committed to the flourishing of women in the Kingdom of God.
What I particularly like about this book:
→ Carolyn desires to include the voices of all women, and not just the middle-class white American woman. She insists that our conclusion about what the message of the church for women is MUST be universal, meaning, applying to all women. To do this, we need the voices of our international sisters.
→ She begins to scratch the surface of what it means to read Scripture through a lens that is not male-oriented. And she does this in a way that is not overly “feminist.”
→ She handles the beginning of Genesis well as she unfolds what it means for women to be an ezer.
→ She brings up serious issues going on with women around the world (sex trafficking, selective abortion of females, etc.), and isn’t afraid to leave us with unhappy endings.
→ She doesn’t set up a man versus woman kind of discussion. She’s pro-man too, something that is unusual for women who are talking about gender issues in the church. She is pro-humanity, which is REFRESHING.
Thank you, Carolyn, for writing this book. And thank you to Zondervan for giving me this book (for free!) to allow me to review.
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