Women, Leadership, and the Bible: How Do I Know What to Believe -  A Practical Guide to Biblical Interpretation  -     By: Natalie R. Wilson Eastman
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What do you believe about women's roles in church leadership?

Should women lead groups that include men? Should women preach? Should women be ordained? More importantly, why do you believe what you believe?

Plenty of books exist telling women what to think; precious few help women think for themselves, particularly about theological issues. Women, Leadership, and the Bible helps women learn to interpret the Bible and discern for themselves answers to their questions about women's roles in the church, along with any other issue they may face in life. In straightforward, plain language, Dr. Natalie Eastman introduces women to a five-step, easy-to-follow process for studying the Bible and interpreting what they study.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 322
Vendor: Wipf & Stock
ISBN-13: 9781608999132

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Author Bio

NATALIE R. WILSON EASTMAN (MDiv, DMin) is a freelance writer and member of the Redbud Writers Guild. She has served as a full-time youth minister to girls and women; worship leader and team developer; missionary to east Asia; and retreat and event teacher/speaker. She lives in Delaware, OH, with her husband and three children. Links to her blogs may be found at natalieeastman.com.

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I have heard women tell me their one life wish is to study the Scriptures. I am delighted to be able to say they finally can, without going to seminary. Natalie Eastman dignifies women's minds with her careful steps for understanding the Bible. You will finish prepared to face those 'problem passages' not just about women's roles but about everything. Natalie Eastman is an ideal guide because she refuses to tell you what to think; instead she delivers the tools that all teachers of the Bible use to unlock meaning and application.
-Jonalyn Fincher,
vice president of Soulation.org

In a Christian world, where all too frequently women are discouraged from the serious study of biblical and theological issues, this slender volume provides encouragement for the use of discernment. It provides practical encouragement for women to be fully engaged in the educational life of their churches, and to exercise their gifts.
-Robert Norris,
Senior Pastor, Fourth Presbyterian Church, Bethesda, Maryland

Engaging, eminently helpful, and completely accessible. Most delightful 'how-to' book you’ll ever read. Natalie's brilliant five steps empower women (and men!) to bring the Scriptures alive in the power of the Holy Spirit. She reminds us of the great chef Emeril Lagasse. She passionately takes us into the kitchen of God's Word and teaches us to feed the people of God the real food of God. We can almost hear Natalie, like Emeril, shouting, 'BAM!'"
-Erilynne Barnum, founder of call2disciple ministries and Anglican deacon,
and Thaddeus Barnum, Anglican bishop

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Author: Natalie R. W. Eastman
Located in: Delaware, OH
Submitted: June 03, 2015

    Tell us a little about yourself.  In brief: Christian. Author. Singer. Musician. Worship leader. Worshiper. Speaker. Educator. M.Div. ’02, D.Min. ’05–Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (South Hamilton, MA). Texan, Virginian, Marylander, Bay Stater, Nutmegger, Ohioan. Travel lover–especially international, but anywhere will do. Sun-worshiper/heat-lover. Dark chocolate eater. Costco fanatic. Starbucks Mocha drinker. (Too-)extreme multi-tasker. Extrovert with growing introvert needs. Wife/life partner to Dr. David, associate professor extraordinaire. Mama to three remarkable littles.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  1. To "translate" and distill all that I'd been privileged to learn and receive through my seminary training and experiences and 12+ years in ministry, into something helpful and fruitful for others--women in particular. 2. To give robust, reliable, time-tested, and orthodox skills and methods for discerning what God is saying about particular issues--especially if they're tough and/or controversial issues--over, above, and through what everyone else says God says about it.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  The skills, ability, and soundly-based confidence to discern People in the pews crave the tools, skills, and insights to which students in the ivory towers are privy. I hope my works contribute to the spiritual and intellectual development of those craving it, so they can in turn teach and help others.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Throughout the process of researching and writing, and subsequently marketing, the book, the Lord has bowled me over with his faithfulness. Each and every time I have sat to write or work, because I'm still working on things that will help make the method more effective for and accessible to people, he meets me there.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  In terms of impactful authors and artists, particularly moving or helpful books, and influential resources, there are too many to name. In general, I would say that my entire experience attending courses and living at a theological seminary catalyzed my own personal "great awakening" -- spiritually and intellectually. A few professors particularly both inspired and helped me: Dr. Alice P. Mathews is at the top of that list. Several others identified various kinds of intellectual/academic potential in my writing and work, and took the time to point it out to me, which encouraged me to believe I could not only receive knowledge, but filter it and also construct it in ways helpful to others as well as myself. So seminary helped me develop. Yet, I also realized through that experience that churches can teach "everyday Christians" much of what seminaries and divinity schools teach people, just in a more spread-out way - and not "dumbed down," either. People in the pews crave the tools, skills, and insights to which students in the ivory towers are privy. I hope my works contribute to the spiritual and intellectual development of those craving it, so they can in turn teach and help others.

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