At the end of each month I share what I’ve been reading (it so didn’t happen yesterday because I had a totally overwhelming week) and I’m a day late. But here they are …
This seemed to be a month of reading about women and women’s issues.
The Black Swan Effect by Felicity Dale and a host of others
Felicity has a heart to speak out about a number of issues, including women’s roles in the body of Christ. Her new book will be out in a couple of days and I snagged a preview copy. It’s a collection of articles by a group of folks (many of whom I know or have had the chance to talk to over the years at conferences) and a fair amount written by Felicity as well. So this book is fun for me. It’s like sitting in a room full of friends and listening to them share from their hearts.
The book is subtitled A Response to Gender Hierarchy in the Church. Whether you agree with the perspectives presented in the book or not, I think this is an important book. It reflects a movement in the church to better understand what the Bible says about women and their role in the body of Christ. The writers ask hard questions and make points that our usual pat answers about women don’t adequately answer. As we mature in our skills of studying the Bible and as we learn more about the culture and times in which it was written, we too need to examine what we believe and why.
Women and the Genesis of Christianity by Ben Witherington III
I will own up front that I loved this book. Sometimes I feel like a nut when it comes to my beliefs about women (I have areas of agreement and disagreement with egalitarians and complimentarians), so it was a real treat to read something that is closer to my own theology.
Witherington goes through the relationships Jesus has with various women and looks at how others addressed women in NT writings. It is a college text, so it’s a slow read, but it reveals the touching story of the love God has for His daughters.
When Others Shuddered: Eight Women Who Refused to Give Up by Jamie Janosz
A publisher sent this book to me and I was happy to read it. I am concerned that we don’t have enough models of strength and integrity for women. It was so encouraging to read about women who have done daring and hard things for the Lord. My only complaint about the book was that most of these women had messed up marriages. I don’t think women have to throw away their marriages to serve the Lord (the same is true for men). If you love biographies, you will like the book, just don’t buy into their attitudes toward marriage.
The Principle of the Path by Andy Stanley
I really, really, really liked this book. It seems pretty simple on the surface, but the more I applied his general truth (direction – not intention – determines our destination) the more I realized there were areas in my life where I was just wishing and not really moving in the direction I wanted to go. It was a wake up call. I think this is one of those “everyone should read it” books.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
I read the Narnian Chronicles to my kids when they were younger and enjoyed the adventures. Though the stories were written for children, they are among my favorites and they make me hungry to spend time with “Aslan.” I will probably read The Horse and His Boy next (my favorite).
Emotionally Healthy Spirituality by Peter Scazzero
I’m still reading and discussing this book with my weekly group. Two thumbs up. (my review) I’m also using his small devotional Daily Office. I like it because it keeps me focused (and he asks really good questions). I’ll probably go through it a couple of times and then look for similar books to work through in my quiet time.
What are y’all reading? I’d love to hear. Please feel free to share in the comments.
A book is the only place in which you can examine a fragile thought without breaking it, or explore an explosive idea without fear it will go off in your face. Edward P. Morgan
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