Review of Reformation Women

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Reformation Women by Rebecca VanDoodewaard makes accessible many biographical sketches of Reformation women who have not received a great deal of attention in Reformation studies.

This book provides insight into the life and impact of twelve women who greatly shaped the progress of the Protestant Reformation. The women come from a wide range of backgrounds but have one thing in common their commitment to seeing God glorified in their lives. One of the most remarkable women encountered in this work is Katharina Schutz whose involvement and interaction with the leading Protestant Reformers of her day is truly amazing.

While there are many books being published on the Protestant Reformation this one stands out in bringing to attention women whose accomplishments and service though great are largely forgotten in church history. If you’re looking to get a better understanding of the contribution women made to the Protestant Reformation this should be one of the first books you pick up.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.

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Review of Is The Bible Good For Women

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Soon to be released Is The Bible Good for Women by Wendy Alsup is a timely look at gender and the Bible. In this work Alsup addresses the topic of whether the prevailing notion that the Bible and its teaching are harmful to women.

In this work Alsup first provide a general overview of the Bible and it’s overall teaching on gender and roles. Following this she moves from Old to New Testament addressing the goodness of the law and instructions regarding women. Alsup deals with the issues in a way that is sensitive to those outside the Christian faith and at the same times maintains the truthfulness and goodness of God and His word.

In a culture where errors regarding gender are running rampant inside and outside of the church Alsup focuses in on the truth of Scripture. I decided to read and review this book because this is an issue of growing importance in the church. There are many voices even some calling themselves evangelical that would answer the book’s question in the negative, in some instances because they have equated a cultural tradition with the teaching of Scripture. It is refreshing to see a book like this support the goodness and normative nature regarding biblical gender roles.

Disclosure: I received an advanced review copy of the book from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing it. The opinions I have expressed are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.