No Little Women: Equipping All Women in the Household of God, by Aimee Byrd, provides many practical challenges to female disciples and their leaders. It challenges women to become better equipped for ministry, learn and exercise discernment in their educational tools, and prompts them to take responsibility for becoming “good theologians with informed convictions” (178). However, because of the complementarian theology pushed in this book, it will prove to be a frustrating read for many egalitarians.
The New Dad's Playbook is a book with practical, basic advice and descriptions about pregnancy and childbirth, with strong attention to the relationship of the expectant mother and father as a couple. What came through most clearly from Watson were love, care, and service for his wife and children. That helmet and child on the cover are held by a strong hand.
The title says it all! A person experiencing abuse needs to have courage and needs someone to coach and encourage them through the process. A coach helps them be prepared to admit the possibility that they are in an abusive situation and shows them the steps to take toward freedom.
Find Your Brave is not an explicitly egalitarian book. It does not address issues such as women in church leadership or the relations between the sexes. Instead, Holly Wagner exhorts her readers to remain strong during times of adversity by drawing upon the strength of God. Her message is applicable, therefore, to every Christian, no matter what doctrinal position they hold concerning the role of women in the church.
Everbloom: Stories of Living Deeply Rooted and Transformed Lives is a book meant to be sipped and savored. At first glance it looks like it might be a book of writing prompts, but it is really a collection of forty-two short essays and poems written by women from a large variety of life stages and experiences, and it is also an invitation to reflect on one’s own life experiences.
Does your church have a mission statement? Is it concise or very vague? Do you know how to build up your church’s leadership? Dr. Jeanne Porter King has developed this handbook, Building a Church Full of Leaders, to help each congregation not only write a clear mission statement but develop a strategy to empower and equip a church full of leaders.
Strong-Willed Woman. What is your reaction to this phrase? Cynthia Ulrich Tobias, author of the book, A Woman of Strength and Purpose, and a self-proclaimed strong-willed woman, believes that if you have a negative reaction to the term “strong-willed woman,” you’ve probably encountered a woman who has let her strong will go sideways. The purpose of Cynthia’s book is to teach Strong-Willed Women (or as Cynthia abbreviates, SWW) to not let their strong will go sideways, but to direct their strong will to improve relationships, expand influence, and honor God.
The view that only men can use their gifts in service to the Lord is too widespread in our churches today and should be countered by the evidence. I believe that Eminent Missionary Women, though gently written, is an antidote to unscriptural teaching by patriarchal groups. It is tragic that in our day so many people in the church actually believe that women are only called to serve men in the home.