In talking with women around the country, Jim Henderson has come to believe that there is an epidemic of quiet, even sad resignation among dedicated Christian women who are feeling overworked and undervalued in the church. As a result, many women are discouraged. Some, particularly young women, respond by leaving the organized church . . . or walking away from the faith altogether.
Containing personal interviews with women and new research from George Barna, The Resignation of Eve is a field report on what women have to say about how theyve been affected by their experiences within the church. It is crucially important because, across the board, the research shows that women are driving changes in the church . . . so what will happen if they resign?
Inviting women to speak for themselves, The Resignation of Eve is a must-read, life-changing book for women who have been engaged in the Christian church as well as their pastors and ministry leaders.
Henderson (Jim and Casper Go to Church), who enjoys out-of-the-box looks at Christianity, examines a stealthy problem: women who are increasingly dissatisfied with being limited to nonleadership roles in many evangelical churches. He interviews women across the country who share their thoughts and experiences. Henderson places them into three categories of resignation: resigned to, accepting limitations; resigned from, leaving the church; and re-signed, trying to influence change from within. The author also cites information from a survey he commissioned to back up his argument that failure to rectify unequal treatment of the half of the population most responsible for the churchs stability and growth might very well result in the demise of the church. To prevent a rude awakening, Henderson urges male church leaders to take a fresh look at Jesus example of relating to and empowering women and to reconsider a strict interpretation of certain biblical passages regarding pastoring, eldership, and leading. (Feb.) 2012 Reed Business Information.
Henderson (Jim and Casper Go to Church: Frank Conversation about Faith, Churches, and Well-Meaning Christians) tells the stories here of many women who, despite their predominance in the life, membership, and mission of most churches and denominations, are routinely rebuked and squashed, if not worse. Hendersons crucial insight is that the central feature of Christianity is ought to be giving power away, particular to those who lack it, not craving or needing power or keeping it from women. VERDICT: Insightful and moving, Hendersons book is a mirror of what Christian spirituality ought to be; good for church groups and pastors as well as individual readers.
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