Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Review: Is The Bible Good For Women? by Wendy Alsup

Many claim that Christianity is a men's only group which is mostly ridiculous because of the number of women that are Christians. Some have even say that Christianity oppresses women. Too many commands are given to the women as a means of keeping a tight rope around says some critics.

The Bible teaches that men and women are made in the image of God and all can find salvation in Christ. What about the commands that are given to men only and the ones to women only. Wendy Alsup tackles this tough situation as she seeks to present a Jesus-centered teaching in regards to women and Christianity in her latest book, Is The Bible Good For Women?.

Alsup is no stranger to writing theological books on womanhood. She has written Gospel-Centered Woman: Understanding Biblical Womanhood Through the Lens of the Gospel and Practical Theology for Women: How Knowing God Makes a Difference in Our Daily Lives. So she is highly qualified to write a book of this magnitude when it comes to womanhood and the Bible.

The book begins with looking at how Jesus approached the Bible during His ministry. Alsup then goes to address that God's creation in making man and woman in His image during creation has always been part of His eternal plan. Then she tackles how the roles of womanhood became distorted in the Fall and sin entered the world.

In the last few chapters, Alsup looks at different areas in the Bible that dealt with men and women roles especially church leadership. The questions she addressed were are these for today and are they okay for women. She even asks the questions, is God good for women?

Alsup presents a clear, Biblical approach in addressing woman and the Bible. Every chapter she points to Jesus who handles the Word correctly and without fault. She does affirm that eldership in the church is reserved for men only and she does believe women can be used for God's glory in ministry. I am delighted this book has come out in such a time where women are questioning the teachings of Christianity in regards to gender roles.

Thanks Waterbrook/Multnomah for letting me review this book.

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