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Kregel Blog Tour: "The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women" by Danielle Strickland

on September 26, 2011

About the Book:

Women everywhere, despite the feminist movement, remain subjugated and constrained by cultural norms, all too often undergirded by church practices that tell them to conform, hold back, and turn aside from God’s call upon their lives. The church and culture may restrict women, but Jesus empowered them, and Danielle call us to do the same.

My Opinion:

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.

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One response to “Kregel Blog Tour: "The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women" by Danielle Strickland

  1. themrs says:

    those examples she cited don’t prove that Jesus was a feminist, it proved that men AND women are children of God, a message unheard of in his day. it proves he felt women worthy of education, attention and love, also not valued in that day. the problem with feminism is that those women claim to want equal rights, when in reality they want special rights for being female.

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