This book was definitely interesting to read, primarily because it centered around the idea that women need to be “empowered” to “fulfill their divine destiny”. This is a highly contentious issue for people in general, but especially among Christians. Depending on your denomination, your beliefs about where a woman can stand in positions of authority can be dramatically different. The author in this book was trying to show that women should not be limited, that they can do all the things men can do. It was an interesting debate to read about, that’s for sure!
The author definitely had a very specific “bent” to the way things were presented, and he worked hard to show that his way was the right way. I’m not convinced that he was as respectful as he should have been though, and feel very troubled by the idea that he was putting God in a box when he said things like “when the women of God are not honored…. half of the nature of God Himself is “imprisoned” – something that clearly can’t be, because we KNOW that God does not (and can not!) allow Himself to be limited by what WE do.
At one point, the author said that “I find it interesting that Jesus grew up with a mother who supposedly got pregnant with him out of wedlock”. Supposedly? Comments like this make me seriously question the author, and how much he knows/understands about the Bible. There is NO supposedly about that. She DID get pregnant out of wedlock. I would have been fine with the sentence if the word “supposedly” wasn’t part of it. It IS interesting that Jesus grew up with a mother who was pregnant before she got married, and who had a lot of people treating her differently as a result. But there is nothing “supposed” about it.
There was a lot of Scripture referenced throughout the book, and I struggled to follow along with the way the author interpreted it. I feel like he kept saying things that just didn’t sound right and really didn’t feel right… and while I hesitate to challenge a well known, and well liked pastor, I really did have a hard time with this book as a whole. Not because I disagree that women are often held to lower positions than the ones they should be able to go after, but because I don’t think he acknowledged at all that women who choose those positions can still be operating in the complete will of God. His idea that we should all push against what we’re being told, assumes that we are all told that we can’t do or be anything more than quiet and submissive. But there’s nothing wrong with being either one, and there is a time and place for both things. Even with those of us who are outspoken.
This book is thought-provoking, for sure, but not at all a book I would recommend.
I received a free copy of this book from the publisher, in exchange for my honest review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are completely my own.