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Dorothy Greco
Theologian and author Alice Mathews recently said in a Christianity Today interview with Hannah Anderson, “Satan knows that if he can keep women out of service, in the church and in the world, he will have won an enormous victory.” Mathews’s most recent book, Gender Roles and the People of God, takes back some of the territory gained by the enemy. Read more
Molly Kate Brannock
The four-volume Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity (DDL) provides a well-rounded overview of life not only across time periods but also across the several cultures of the biblical world. Thirty-three scholars, including editors Edwin M. Yamauchi (Professor Emeritus of History at Miami University) and Marvin R. Wilson (Professor of Biblical and Theological Studies at Gordon College), have contributed to the DDL. Readers of Priscilla Papers will tend to regret that only three of these contributors are women (Rozenn Bailleul-LeSuer, Robin Gallaher Branch, and Laura A. Dunn). The selection of articles and the information included in them is broad and balanced; nevertheless, a broader diversity of authorship could make the study richer. All contributors are reputable scholars and have provided high quality and up-to-date information. Read more
Taylor
The challenges of being in ministry are difficult to navigate, but for women, the challenges are unique and often more difficult. Unfortunately, women who aspire to be in ministry have to face that they will be treated differently simply based on their gender. One area that is lacking for women is practical pastoral resources written in gender-neutral language. Most popular theology resources available today are written by men and it is difficult to find egalitarian resources written by women ministers for women ministers. One book in particular I recall reading in my undergrad pastoral program exclusively used male pronouns when referring to the title of “pastor” and discussed hot topics such as “The pastor and his wife,” “The pastor and his wardrobe,” and “The pastor as God’s man.” As I read these books I was assigned to take seriously and learn from, I would continually think to myself, (just as you hear in a cheesy infomercial), “There’s got to be a better way!” I am so thankful to have discovered the book SHE: Five Keys to Unlock the Power of Women in Ministry by Karoline M. Lewis. This book fills a huge need in the world of practical pastoral resources. Read more
Yehudit: Chosen by God is a rare book, difficult to classify. It is a fictionalized reimagining of the apocryphal book of Judith, a historical Christian romance, a devotional message to women, an egalitarian manifesto, and an invitation to follow Jesus. The author, Lauren Jacobs (who also goes by Aliyah), is equally a rare combination—Christian Jewish (or Messianic Jewish), South African, a counselor, pastor, writer, and speaker. Friends of CBE have seen her frequent blogs and articles highlighting women of the Old Testament and bringing egalitarian theology to bear on the topics of abuse and her South African context. Read more
Alice Mathews' Gender Roles and the People of God is an accessible study of what the Bible says about women, how theologies of women have developed, and the history of patriarchy. If that sounds like a lot to cover in a single volume, it is—but Mathews has brought decades of classroom experience to her text, highlighting key texts and concepts in order to craft a compelling argument that the Bible stands firmly against patriarchy. Read more
Pat Kissell
I strongly recommend this book as a primer for those who question the role of women in ministry. It is refreshing to share the long journey he has been on in coming to grips with the difficult passages in Scripture. Read more
Laurie Reinhart
It is a tragic story that is repeated thousands of times: believers leaving Christianity completely when they leave a church or faith tradition that has wounded or abused them. This dynamic is what makes Carol Howard Merritt’s Healing Spiritual Wounds: Reconnecting With a Loving God After Experiencing a Hurtful Church such a welcome book. Merritt writes from the very core of her being as she recounts her journey from being submerged in a toxic, abusive church culture to redeeming her faith by traveling a difficult path to healing. She speaks with the wisdom of a lifetime of accumulated experiences and wrestling with difficult questions. In her words, “I wanted people to discover a safe place where we could speak honestly about all the bitterness caused by the church . . . while finding a way to hold on to the sweetness and wholeness and healing” (p. 9). Read more
Naked is a marriage book thoroughly steeped in egalitarian theology and completely free from gender stereotypes and tired “male headship” language. Tim and Anne Evans bring decades of counseling and ministry experience to their work, and the result is an extremely helpful and approachable guide for married couples.  Read more
A few months ago, an acquaintance confided that her marriage is in trouble. She asked about egalitarian marriage resources, and I enthusiastically recommended Dorothy Greco’s new book, Making Marriage Beautiful. The book’s eleven chapters survey a range of topics, from managing expectations to navigating in-laws, gender roles, communication, conflict, abuse, addiction, community (outside of marriage) and healthy response to external challenges and crises. Read more
Grit and Grace is an empowering, thought-provoking, and eminently readable book that will help late elementary to middle school children get a grander sense of how God worked through women and girls in biblical times, and how he wants to work through all his people today. It would make a great gift for girls graduating out of their church’s children’s ministry, or for any child who enjoys reading middle grade books about real-life circumstances. My only complaint is that this book hasn’t been around longer! It has been sorely needed.    Read more

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