1 Stars Out Of 5
huge disappointment... save your money
September 21, 2017
This book is great.... until you get to the women of the New Testament. I read through the women of the Old Testament and felt empowered by what he was saying... his chapters on Eve and Sarah are particularly beautiful (although I wish he would have included some citations for some of his statements); however, I found it odd that he failed to include Deborah - certainly an extraordinary woman of the Bible/ Old Testament. Then I got to his chapter on Mary, or what should have been more appropriately titled MacCarthur's refutation of Catholicism. Nevertheless, I continued to read on, excusing his diatribe, and welcomed the next chapter on Anna - despite her brief appearance, one of my favorite people in the New Testament. It was after I read this chapter that I realized MacCarthur's bias. This chapter's focus was on diminishing any sort of spiritual leadership or insight this WOMAN had. The Bible describes her as a "prophetess" yet MacCarthur reduces this away to changing the definition to devoutly religious and that the only way she had the revelation that baby Jesus was the Messiah was because she "overheard Simeon" ... in fact MacCarthur goes so far to say no woman has had direct prophetic revelation - a bold and erroneous statement! At this point I stopped and realized that MacCarthur has a very distinct yet warped view of women and I immediately understood why Deborah was excluded. Do not waste your time with this book. Perhaps MacCarthur should be reminded of a particular verse: "There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, NOR IS THERE MALE AND FEMALE, for you are all one in Christ Jesus." Instead I think he focuses on a couple verses that Paul wrote to a specific audience ... and he does so out of context.