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DCAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Worthy Is Worth the ReadFebruary 24, 2020DCAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Reading Worthy gave me a new awareness of how the redemptive plan of God includes so many women. Numerous scriptures are referenced in the book and I found myself being a Berean as I searched the scriptures to read about the women. I gained insight into how God values women from the beginning of time into eternity. Worthy is well worth the time to read and to use as a study for both women and men. Much spiritual refreshment can be gained from reading Worthy in conjunction with the Bible. Thank you to Eric and Elyse for your study, your time, and your effort in writing this book.
thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Worthy of Being ReadFebruary 20, 2020thechristianscribeArizonaAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5In a time when a woman's role in the family, society, church, and ministry is often ignored, belittled or takes an extreme feminist turn, this book comes at a crucial period. The fact that it is authored by both a man and a woman is important, we need more men to speak up on behalf of women.
I found this book both very Scriptural and on point. They discuss the importance of women throughout Scripture, how God uses women too, to carry out His plans. Women matter as much as men. This book is a perfect balance, it's not feminist, but it also celebrates the female role.
It is jam-packed with Scriptural truth, not just the mere opinions of the authors. It addresses the worth of women in creation, the fall, the promise, Israel's history, law, worship, wisdom, Jesus' birth, Jesus' life & ministry, Jesus' death & resurrection, the church, and the 21st century. It also contains a good-sized appendix that is very helpful.
I found myself in agreement with almost everything presented in this book and I appreciate the tone- firm but respectful. So glad I decided to request it for review. Highly recommend!
I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Eric Schumacher5 Stars Out Of 5I co-wrote this book. Here's why...February 18, 2020Eric SchumacherQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Hey! I'm one of the co-authors of "Worthy." Thanks for your interest in the book. Let me tell you a little bit about it:
1) What is "Worthy: Celebrating the Value of Women"?
It is a biblical theology of women, tracing their place in redemptive history, seeing and celebrating how God has used them in the storyline of the Bible.
2) Who is it for?
"Worthy" is for everyone: Christian or not, man or woman. We especially hope that men will read it, as the value of women is an issue that men should care about deeply. We hope that non-Christians (who may be skeptical of how the Bible treats women) will come to see that the Bible (rightly interpreted) values and celebrates women.
3) Why did we write it?
We wrote "Worthy" to demonstrate that a conservative reading of the Bible (one that treats the Bible as God's inspired and authoritative Word, reading it on its own terms) results in a high view of women. We wanted to demonstrate that, from beginning to end, women are integral and indispensable in God's plan of redemption. We believe that valuing women is essential to ending their mistreatment in the world, church, workplace, and home.
4) What do we hope results?
We hope that "Worthy" leaves readers with a high view of the value of women in the world, church, and home. We pray that it drives readers back to the Bible to see for themselves what God has to say about women. If it sends you back into the Word to see the value of women in God's redemptive plan, we will be happy (even if you disagree with us on a few details).
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female3 Stars Out Of 5What's there is good but ignores so many pesky Bible passagesFebruary 15, 2020bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 2I have strong mixed feelings about this book. First the good news.
The authors do a good job of showing how God used women in Israel's history. They do a great job of showing the redemptive nature of Jesus in how He treated women. A good example is comparing the Old Testament law regarding women being unclean and untouchable to the way Jesus treated the bleeding and therefore unclean woman, healing her.
The authors are good at calling men to task for their attitudes toward women. Schumacher encourages men to be open to training and equipping women. "We ought not to be resistant when a woman corrects our theology or practice." (148) Women are called to proclaim the gospel, he notes. (148) Preach it, brother.
The authors also do a pretty good job of relating how women have felt through the years, that the church identified women as of less value than men and limited their use in the Kingdom. They encourage women to remember how Jesus dignified women. They do a good job of encouraging churches to invite "worthy women into the non-authoritative speaking ministry of the congregation." (204) They do a good job encouraging churches to support women who have painful concerns, such as those of their husband's abuse or sexual sin. They do a good job of calling the body to unity, regardless of their position on women in ministry.
What is contained in the book is very good. However, what's missing is, well, lots.
Now the bad news.
The authors totally ignore some of the most pesky and women devaluing passages in the Bible. The passages absent from commentary in this book are some of the ones that most troubled me as a young female Christian.
Here is what is not covered in this book. Only males had the sign of the covenant God made with Abraham and his descendants. Only males participated in Israel's feasts. (Ex. 23:17) Only males were included in Israel's census. (Num. 1:2) In the Ten Commandments, a wife is described as a man's possession. (Ex. 20:17) An unmarried woman could be forced to marry her rapist. (Deut. 22:28-29) A woman was unclean twice as long when birthing a daughter as opposed to birthing a son. (Lev. 12:2-5) A woman's vows could be nullified by her father or her husband. (Numb. 30) Only a man could initiate divorce. (Deut. 24:1)
Perhaps the most disturbing passage is Lev. 27:1-7 where women of various ages are "valued" consistently a little over half the value of men of the same age. The authors include a reference to this passage in one of their discussion questions. They ask, "Does this strike you as denigrating to a woman's worth? Why or why not?" (106) Readers get no help in coming to grips with this or the other devaluing passages.
Those passages troubled me as a female Christian teen and they still trouble me as a female Christian senior citizen. This book offered no help on them.
There was also an area where I thought the authors were being nice but perhaps not sincere. The authors, knowing women in the military and working for the FBI, write, "Women, you are free to discern what kind of vocation the Lord is calling you to and he will use you as you work in wisdom for his glory." (135) That might sound nice but is not true from what the authors wrote previously. "Elyse and I both believe that the Bible limits the office of pastor/elder to men who are called and qualified by the Scripture." (87) Women called to pastoral ministry, and I believe some are, are not so free to discern the vocation to which the Lord has called them. The authors assure women "a wealth of other avenues are available for sisters to exercise their gifts..." (87) Right. The authors also quote a commentary on Matthew, the author declaring God "as an equal opportunity dispenser of both his grace and of contexts to serve him." (167) Not really, if the pastor/elder context is forbidden for women. (87) The authors reaffirm their male only pastor/elder role near the end of the book. (210) That is tragic, considering the number of stories they relate about male elders not holding men accountable for sexual sin, often blaming the wife instead. Women elders bring a sensitivity to such issues men do not have.
So that's the good news and the bad news about this book. The authors note that they hope to transform the ways men and women think about and relate to women. (23) They also hope this book convinces women God cherishes and values them. (23) They've done a good job of giving examples where God used women and valued women. They just ignored too many examples of where it seems God devalues women for me to be satisfied with the book.
Food for thought: "I wonder where the church would be if women were allowed to work according to their gifting and if their skill, intelligence, wisdom, and piety were taken as seriously as men's." (227)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
danniAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5wonderfulFebruary 10, 2020danniAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Despite the fact that it's currently the 21st century and we live in a very modernized world, women continue to be degraded in many aspects of our culture. I was excited to read this book from Elyse and Eric that celebrates the wonder and beauty and value of women - just like God intended.
Elyse begins the book with an introduction to their purpose for the book and what to expect after reading the book. I think it was imperative that the book was co-authored by both a female and a male. When a man steps up on behalf of a woman, it speaks powerfully to our culture.
The introduction is followed by twelve chapters that describe the worth of women in relation so some biblical principle:
- The worth of women in creation
- The worth of women in the Fall
- The worth of women in the Promise
- The worth of women in Israel's History
- The worth of women in Israel's Law
- The worth of women in Israel's Worship
- The worth of women in Israel's Wisdom
- The worth of women in Jesus' Birth
- The worth of women in Jesus' Life and Ministry
- The worth of women in Jesus' Death and Resurrection
- The worth of women in the Church
- The worth of women in the Twenty-First Century
The authors begin with Genesis 1 and continue through Scripture all the way to Revelation. They were so insightful on the passages that they chose, pointing out phrases and interactions that I have never seen through such a perspective before and it was amazing. Beginning with Genesis, they discuss the fact that the very first words ever spoken by humanity after the Fall were the words of Eve expressing her faith in God's promise. We can often focus so much on he patriarchs of the Bible that we overlook the value that God placed on women.
Every chapter I continued to be amazed at the wonder of God and his love for women that I had never seen before. God makes it very clear that women throughout all Scripture played valuable roles in His Kingdom.
The authors finish the book with several Appendices that I find extremely worthwhile - sections that I would not hesitate to look back on.
- Appendix 1: Ladies First - this section is a concise compilation of all the "firsts" that women held within Scripture that the authors discussed throughout the book.
- Appendix 2: What Women Wished Their Pastors Knew
- Appendix 3: 31 Things (Good) Pastors Want Women To Know
- Appendix 4: Sample Letter from Pastor to Initiate Conversations
- Appendix 5: An Open Letter to Rachael Denhollander on #SBCtoo
- Epilogue: Worthy - A Song of Praise
Love one of their last notes to their readers: "Theology leads to doxology. That is, knowing God leads to worshipping God."
I received a copy of this book from BethanyHouse in exchange for an honest review.