February 25, 2014

Why Not Women-Book Review

It's been awhile since I have written one of these. It isn't because I haven't been reading, I have. Promise. I guess I just have {:gasp:} forgotten to share with y'all what I am reading. But this one is worth the share.

The book is Why Not Women? by Loren Cunningham & David Joel Hamilton. This book studies God's intention for women in the ministry and leadership. It takes those passages like 1 Corinthians 14:34 "women should remain silent in church" and 1 Timothy 8: 12 "I do not permit a woman to teach" and brings to light the times to witch Paul was writing.  

Okay, I am not going to lie this is not exactly a stay up all night to finish kind of book. It's actually the exact opposite, for me at least. It was a tough read. The book starts out with talking about how for centuries and centuries men have degraded women and discredited them and their purpose. It even touches on the way women are being treated in today's world which is absolutely incomprehensible (gendercide, sex trafficking).

Having said that this book has changed the way I read the Bible and has finally given me the answer as to why women not only have the right, but the responsibility to be in ministry and leadership. Heavy? Yes. Enlightening? HOLY COW yes. 

Let me give you one of my oh my gosh moments. So in ancient day's (pre-Jesus) it was believed that the female had no significant part in creating a baby. She was simply believed to be the "housing unit" for nine months. So before Jesus was even born he was shattering everything the world had said about women because here Mary was, pregnant with absolutely no help from a man. Jesus wasn't in others face about how wrong they were in treating the women like dogs he just acted in the complete opposite way.

The book just unfolds truth after truth about how Jesus truly felt about women in ministry and how Paul actually felt about it as well. The book goes through those "sticky" verses and unpacks them piece by piece from their original translation and boy did some stuff get lost in translation. 

Would I recommend this book? A resounding yes. Give yourself time to get through it, but its worth it I promise.
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