Have you wondered what the Bible says about women in leadership? Have you heard people express strong, conflicting viewpoints on a theological issue and wondered how they can arrive at such different truths when starting with the same book? Have you wanted to study for yourself, but felt paralyzed by an overwhelming topic?
This is the book you’ve been looking for!
And it is the book I’ve been looking for too!
If you’ve read my blog for long, you’ll know that I’m passionate about women and Christianity. I have recommended books on the topic of women in leadership before, but I still hadn’t found the right book. I wanted to find a book that could be my “go to” recommendation and I wanted it to be focused on studying the issue, not on someone’s opinion.
Dr. Natalie R. Wilson Eastman wrote the book I was looking for and she far surpassed my expectations.
Women, Leadership, and the Bible is truly tremendous. Natalie took a heavy, hotly-debated topic and wrote a book that is accessible, thorough, thoughtful, and even funny at times.
Instead of telling her readers what to think on this topic, Natalie tells them how to think. In fact, Natalie never actually reveals what “camp” she falls into so this book is for complementarians and egalitarians alike. And it is also for people who don’t know what either of those terms mean. 🙂
Women, Leadership, and the Bible will challenge you to be a better thinker and to carefully evaluate the Bible and other people’s interpretations. I love what Natalie said in the Introduction:
I don’t want to tell women what to think. Plenty of Christian resources and people are quite ready to tell women exactly what to think about theological issues.
I want to help women learn to think for themselves. This book exists to help equip women to move beyond surface Bible study into a deeper understanding of how to “do” interpretation and how to “do” theology. In this book, I help women learn those skills in the process of exploring and discerning biblical and theological answers to their questions about the issue of women’s roles in church leadership.
And that is exactly what she does! Natalie breaks down the intimidating interpretive process into small, accessible steps. She is constantly encouraging and reminding her readers that they can study this topic well, even if they don’t have a background in theology. Through multiple appendices and her website, Natalie gives her readers the resources they need to study. Also included throughout the book are insights from her mentors who have studied this issue on their own.
What I love about this book is that it applies to so much more than gender issues. The same intense study process that Natalie walks you through could be applied to any theological issue. I kept thinking that this book seemed like a seminary class (or three!) rolled into a book.
Women, Leadership and the Bible is worth every penny – I hope that you’ll buy or borrow a copy today and start working through it. I believe that every Christian would benefit by reading this book!
p.s. If you’re on Goodreads, don’t forget to add this to your “To Read” list!
**I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.