Is The Bible Good For Women
Is The Bible Good For Women? That's a provocative question, especially in today's day and age, and one that Wendy Alsup sets out to explore in her new book, Is The Bible Good For Women?: Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture. I appreciated that Wendy is not just a Christian and a former church teacher/deacon, but she's also a mom and math teacher. I appreciated her logical mind and approach to the topic. The back cover says:
"Is it possible to embrace the inherent dignity of womanhood while still cherishing the Bible? 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."
Wendy starts by giving an overview of the topic and spend time laying a foundation for the reading and interpretation of the Bible as a whole before delving into women's issues specifically. I enjoyed that she took the time to do this as it makes the book more credible and easier to understand as a whole. Oftentimes books can have a laser focus on one issue and completely ignore or discount the Bible and Christian teachings as a whole, leaving a warped or biased perspective. This book aims to give the whole picture, and doesn't shy away from tackling the tough issues and stories presented throughout the Bible. Discussion questions are also included making this a great book club pick. I highly recommend this book to any Christian woman in order to have a thorough grasp of the Bible, feminism, and what the Bible really says about women. It's so important, especially in today's world climate.
I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in order to provide an honest and unbiased review. All opinions are my own.