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The CEB Women's Bible

In the new Common English Women’s Bible . . . Seminary professors, pastors, congregational leaders, and several novelists all contribute, successfully, to the goal of helping Bible women be more accessible in Scripture . . and indeed those Bible women light up the text. In dozens of character sketches, sidebars, and reflections . . . the writers help set each woman in her nuanced context, bringing theological, historical, and ethical considerations into play.

Year of Biblical Womanhood

One thing becomes clear in reading A Year of Biblical Womanhood: to be a woman of valor does not require fitting a particular mold. Rather, it requires a heart willing to seek God and cultivate virtues found throughout Scripture . . . Held Evans' book is filled with honesty, humor, and grace, and her book is a great tool to begin, or continue, conversing about what "biblical womanhood" means for us all. 

Accepted in the Beloved

Pastor Leslie Ann McKinney passionately believes that God loves and accepts his daughters and has created Accepted in the Beloved: A Devotional Bible Study for Women on Finding Healing and Wholeness in God's Love to help women know and experience this love for themselves. The book is suitable for individual and group studies, but it is also a helpful resource for spiritual directors and other mentors who work with women who have been wounded in their relationships or in their faith communities.

Battered Without Bruises

An extremely well-written account of the author’s experience of living with an abusive husband who appeared to others as the epitome of a fine Christian gentleman . . . This heartfelt account is practical yet not clinical and without a trace of bitterness. How Marjorie recovered from this ordeal of many years will be of great encouragement to those who need courage while recognizing what is happening to them and taking steps towards full spiritual and emotional health.

Beyond Abuse in the Christian Home

 In Beyond Abuse, readers who know of or who endeavor to care for those who experience domestic violence receive essential information as well as deeper insight into family abuse and what our more effective, healing response should be for both victims and perpetrators. The authors exhort the Christian reader to gain knowledge, and they provide the kind of redemptive guidance to abused women one usually has to seek from the secular community. Given the common occurrence of family violence and the resulting systemic problems that pervade our communities, Beyond

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95 More for the Door

thanks to Austin Stouffer's new book 95 More for the Door—egalitarians can turn the "general theme  of Scripture" argument on its head and prove the Bible is actually overflowing with pleas for equality. Modeled after Martin Luther's famous "95 Theses," Stouffer takes the reader on a journey through the Bible, stopping along the way to point out 95 different passages in support of his belief that "God intended men and women to be equally affirmed and gifted, whether to lead in society, to parent in the home or to minister in church." 

The Black Swan Effect

It is clear to many that the holy winds of change are gusting up around the globe as women break free from the grip of gender inequality. The Black Swan Effect is a prophetic collective of writers who are committed to helping the contemporary church discover the outrageous reality of the leadership and spiritual authority of women alongside men.

Beyond Sex Roles

Perhaps the best way to appreciate the significance of Beyond Sex Roles, now re-published  in a third edition, is to recall the historical context of the mid-1980s in which it was first written. The modern biblical equality movement was still in its infancy . . . Already back in the 1980s Bilezikian was drawing us into this hopeful and compelling vision. . .the book . . .  is infused with the conviction that Christ was, and by his Spirit still is, dismantling all the vertical structures of power and oppression in fallen human society, in order to make way for one new, liberating

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Beyond Reasonable Doubt

Building on the premise that the verdict against women in ministry has been reached prematurely, T. Scott Womble asks for a retrial. By taking the role of a defense attorney, the author makes it his aim to lay out a comprehensive argument in favor of women serving in positions of ministry in the church. Womble’s desire is for leaders of local churches to have an opportunity to hear the defense that is often overlooked. This should lead to further study as well as healthy discussion rather than "heated arguments that cause wounds which lead to church splits" (20). The aim of the book is to

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Bringing Sex Into Focus

Is it possible to see clearly in the midst of sexual confusion today? Caroline Simon believes it is, provided we take the trouble to submit ourselves for regular vision tests along the way. A valuable addition to any undergraduate course on human sexuality or sexual ethics, Bringing Sex into Focus offers tools and skills for evaluating the conflicting messages about sexuality proffered by contemporary culture, media, academia, and even conflicting Christian traditions. 

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