Many, both inside and outside the church, are concerned that an orthodox understanding of the Bible is threatening and even harmful to women. After all, the Bible has a number of passages regarding women that are deeply troubling and hard to read.
But is that assessment accurate?
In this fascinating look at God’s work of redemption from Creation to today, Wendy Alsup explores questions such as:
* How does God view justice and equal rights for women?
* What does it mean to be made in the image of God?
* How have the centuries distorted our interpretation of how God views women?
* How did Jesus approach the Old Testament and how does that help us read difficult passages today?
* What is the difference between a modern view of feminism and the feminism that Scripture models?
* How does the Bible explain the Bible to us?
Using a Jesus-centered understanding to look at both God’s grand storyline and specific biblical passages, Alsup gives practical, accessible tools for understanding the noble ways God speaks to and about women in its pages and the dignity He places on His daughters.
So, Is The Bible Good For Women? This title intrigued me. But, when I pulled it out of the box and my daughter read the title (and proceeded to say what a dumb question that is ….of course the Bible is good!)… I couldn’t help but wonder what I was getting myself into by reading this book.
And now that I have read it, my feelings are all over the place about it. This is a book that I would like to have a group of women read together with our Bibles right beside us and dig into the word for the truth that Alsup seems to be looking for. Alsup does her best to sift through scripture to determine God’s design/purpose for women.
She does start her book off in the introduction with a discussion on her opinion on gender itself. Which was completely unexpected and let for some really strong discussion with Erik and I. I also had the impression that sometimes Alsup was afraid to stand firm in her opinions.
Don’t get me wrong, there were a lot of opinions in the book and Alsup did her best to express them. In my opinion though this book should be used as a group discussion and not just a read alone book. This book needs to be argued and debated, not just ingested.
- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Multnomah (March 21, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1601429002
- ISBN-13: 978-1601429001
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.