The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women - eBook
The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women - eBook  -     By: Danielle Strickland
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Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Monarch Books
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780857211064
ISBN-13: 9780857211064

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In short chapters full of memorable personal stories Danielle Strickland challenges us to take seriously our reading of the Gospels and the consequences of that reading. Strickland exposes the lie that debates regarding women's positions in the church and in life are academic exercises conducted by theologians with no impact on the day-to-day lives of women and the lie that the debate is even about gender.

Strickland starts with stories of women in subjugation--women who are considered property, or have been told to remain in abusive relationships, or face extensive cultural restrictions.These are women she has met as she serves around the world for the Salvation Amy. She calls us to know each woman as she meets Jesus and by her spiritual gifts not by a culturally defined category.

After tackling overt cases of oppression of women, Strickland confronts the subtleties of gender inequality in the Western world. Laying open the Bible and inviting all to come, she thoughtfully outlines the positions regarding gender equality and reviews related passages of Scripture. Using her gift as an evangelist along with the guiding of Scripture, reason, tradition, and experience, she makes her case that the more women are empowered to be true equals to men, the closer we bring the Kingdom of God.

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  1. OhioSarah
    Ohio
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    1 Stars Out Of 5
    A sad disappointment
    September 26, 2011
    OhioSarah
    Ohio
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 1
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    This review was written for The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women.
    This book was hard for me to read but given that I'll give you my opinion and let you decide if you should read it. It was a very quick read in that it was short and to the point however I found myself disagreeing with the author, Danielle Strickland.

    Let me begin by saying that I think slavery is wrong, whether it's because of race, religion, gender, etc, it's wrong and it goes against God's Law for mankind. The author give quite a few examples of women who are being held captive either because of society's view on them (such as in prostitution) or because they are literally being held against their will. I agree that is wrong however her points made against Biblical womanhood and manhood seem to be in the opposite direction of the Bible. One example of this is that we Christian women believe we are subservient because we've been told by pastors, dads, husbands, etc that we are different. I was made female and I am different and yes I should have different roles within the community, home and even the church.

    There is much more in this book such as the author wondering why women have to take their husband's name, why can't the husband take the woman's maiden name? Why should a bride be given away because that implies ownership. Even telling the reader that Jesus was a feminist because He welcomed women into His inner circle, He chose to appear first to a woman and have her relay the message He had rose from the dead - does that make Him a feminist? No. She outlines three views of women and our position in society 1) patriarchy which she calls the "old fashioned, nuts view", 2) complementarian which is where persons are equal in personhood but hold different roles and 3) egalitarianism which is where both men and woman have equal authority and responsibility in marriage, church and community.

    I must say I think the author would view me as unliberated and controlled mind, body and soul by my husband. This is simply untrue and I cannot say that the Bible means one thing and discard the rest. I'm liberated and I can't say that I've ever loved my life more as a homemaker, wife, mom and home educator. My husband doesn't demean me or speak for me - we discuss things and we both have our own opinions. I used to be a die hard feminist and can't ever think I'd turn back to that lifestyle. I also can't help but feel a little saddened that I would be lumped together with women who truly are treated as trash as those in Iraq or prostitutes.

    While I learned a lot about how some may think that Jesus was a feminist I think that is trying to put Jesus into a box that He doesn't belong in and one that mere humans shouldn't try to make Him fit. Yes, He broke society's norms but feminism tore down what was good and right for the family and society. I want to make it clear that I'm not wanting to disparage this author but I also can't agree with something that even though she says is backed up Scripturally, seems to go against Scripture all together. You'll have to make your choice if you think this is a book that you'd like to read.

    **I was provided a copy of this book from Kregel Publications for the blog tour in exchange for my honest opinion, positive or negative, no other compensation was given.
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    best book on women and ministry
    September 25, 2011
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
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    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women.
    I knew I was going to like this book on the second page! Strickland had read a Christian book that said all women long to be princesses. She certainly hadn't felt that way! In fact, her mother had to bribe her as a child to wear dresses!

    She then begins to deal with this modern, worldly stereotype of the Christian woman, revealing instead, God's plan for women. "So," she says, "this book is a celebration of the diversity of God's calling to all people. _ He wants you to contribute any way you can. You are not limited to gender based work..." (23)

    She addresses cultural differences. If a society is cannibalistic or centers on terrorism, we will fight to change it. If the culture suppresses women, makes them wear total covering or forbids their education, well, that's just "cultural differences" and should be tolerated.

    She speaks about prostitution, that it is supposed to be "liberating." She says, "Eighty-six per cent of women who are involved in prostitution around the world would do anything else - anything else - if they thought they could." (40) It is oppression, not liberation. She notes that Sweden has taken the radical move of criminalizing men. Being a prostitute is not illegal in Sweden but visiting one is. (44)

    She is ruthless on those who proclaim women cannot preach. "This lie was, and is," she writes "believed by men because it feeds some sort of ego and affords them power." (44)

    She explains that men and women were created equal (she addresses the Hebrew of Gen. 2:18,20). That undermines the idea of gender discrimination. Subordination of women was not part of God's original design for humanity.

    Strickland is saddened that the church, rather than being the entity to model empowering women, it continues in its reluctance to do so. Rather than being salt and light, it is stuck in the Dark Ages and is a stench in the nostrils of God. (77) "...[T]rue biblical feminism is...based on the fundamental principles of equality and dignity. _ The Bible simply does not support the doctrine of authoritarian male headship and female subjugation." (66) She notes that Scripture texts used subjugate women need to be read in context and accurately interpreted.

    On marriage, she writes, "The beautiful picture of marriage, of love and mutual submission, where two people become better together than they were apart, has been turned into a travesty of control and oppression. One person - always the woman - has to become less in order for the system to work." (68)

    Strickland takes a deep look at Scripture in the second part of her book. Jesus, she writes, "vigorously promoted the dignity and equality of women in the midst of a very male-dominated society." (101) "He quite directly rejected the stereotype that a woman's place is in the home." (105) She takes a deeper look at I Corinthians 14:26-37 and I Timothy 2.

    Strickland is on a mission - to see His kingdom come. "Galatians isn't just a nice idea - it's the reality of how God wants the world to be." (154) (Gal. 3:28, "no longer male and female, you are all one in Christ.")

    Be prepared! Strickland has got it right! Women, if you think you've been relegated to second class citizenship in God's kingdom, read this book!

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
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