Sunday, November 11, 2012

The Gospel Centered Woman

I have been working on my latest book since publishing the last one in early 2010. I really like plowing straight through a book of the Bible, and after the Ephesians study, I didn't think I'd do another topical Bible study. Yet, it has become clear that there is a topic in evangelical Christianity that needs to be addressed, and it is a topic for which the clamor is growing. Biblical womanhood!!!

I have a love/hate relationship with this topic. I hate the idea of Biblical womanhood as I've often heard it presented by conservative Christians and as it is then caricatured among those reacting against those branches of conservative Christians. But I love the Bible. And I am a woman. Biblical womanhood is a relevant topic to me. Here's the blurb from the back cover.
The Gospel Centered Woman: Understanding Biblical Womanhood through the Lens of the Gospel 
Many Christian books written to women claim to present God's good instructions for their lives. Some expound on the value of marriage and children. Many extol the virtues of the Proverbs 31 woman. A good number teach the value of love, submission, and respect in Christian marriages. Though this book deals with these topics, The Gospel-Centered Woman addresses women from an entirely different perspective. The most important part of the Bible's instructions to women center around the gospel. Jesus' life, death, and resurrection brought about a seismic shift in our understanding of Scripture. After His resurrection, His disciples understood words written thousands of years with a clarity they never had before. The good news of Christ illuminates all other Scripture, including instructions to women. 
You are invited in this book to explore what God created women to be as image bearers of Himself and how Christ has made a way for us to embrace anew our legacy as daughters of God.
Things have come together the last two months, and I can say that this book will now be published in the New Year. The plan is to make it available in time for winter Bible studies starting in January. It is not a long book. I don't like reading long books, and I like writing them even less. This book is eleven chapters in a workbook format similar to By His Wounds You are Healed. I like to interact with books I read and therefore want people to be able to do it easily with those I write.

This topic is in the forefront of the minds of Christians and non-Christians alike right now. Yet, my book was not written as a reaction against A Year of Biblical Womanhood though, for some reason, the timing coincides. I've been burdened for this topic for years. And not because of things I have read on blogs. This is about and for my friends and sisters in Christ who have exposed me to the real issues in their hearts and the inadequate ways we historically have addressed them in the church.

Thank you, readers, for your many private and public encouragements to me on this project. God has used you to impress on me the importance of this topic.

19 comments:

  1. Wendy, I'm so excited about this! Just wondering where it will be available from and in what format? (Just cos I'll be in Tanzania by then.)

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    1. Amazon for sure. Where else remains to be seen ... .

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  2. Very exciting! I know that you didn't write this for your own fame or financial gain but for God's glory, and I'm looking forward to glorifying him through my study of it! Thank you, Wendy!

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  3. This is very exciting Wendy and I'm looking forward to reading/studying your book. I'm already thinking of women I can invite to do that with me.

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  4. Exciting! I cannot wait to do a study with young women using your book.

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  5. Wendy, I am looking forward to purchasing a copy. Thank you for your work. God used the Ephesians study to radically change my view of myself. God's word is powerful. Thank you for putting a spotlight on the book of Ephesians. You have been a great blessing to me.

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  6. Wendy, I am thankful for your thoughtful and sincere posts and responses. I am looking forward to the release of this book and using the material with my Young Life girls and sharing it with my friends, too.

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  7. So excited about this Wendy. Truly.

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  8. Excellent news, excellent title. No doubt the ladies from The View will be calling when you do your book tour....;)

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  9. Look forward to this, Wendy, especially since I was at one time trying hard to be that picture of "conservative Biblical womanhood." Had a painful deliverance!

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  10. I am so looking forward to reading this.

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  11. When are you releasing it Wendy?

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    1. The plan is to release it in late December. :-)

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  12. I'm looking forward to reading it! While it's a much discussed topic, to the point that I tend to not read the latest Internet debates, I'm looking forward to reading your book. Thank you for using the Word and the gospel as a starting point, not just as a way to prove a pre-determined belief.

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  13. Looking forward to it, Wendy. I'll be happy to review it, too.

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  14. How do I preorder 50 copies of them and received them by Jan 1?
    I would like to go through the book with our Ladies' Ministry team?

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    1. SCV, will you email me at theologyforwomen@gmail.com? I'm not sure they will be ready by then.

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  15. Hi Wendy,

    Any updates on a release date?

    Thanks,
    Emily

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  16. Emily, the plan is to release it Wednesday, January 2.

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