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radical_womanhood_webRadical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World wasn’t exactly what I expected. I thought there would be a greater emphasis on what radical womanhood from a biblical standpoint looked like. That being said, this is an amazing book and wonderful resource for understanding how feminism has shaped our culture and altered Christianity in America.

This is a must-read for women, whether Christian or not. This book goes beyond the surface of what we think feminism is or was (burning bras, anyone?). I for one, grew up thinking feminism was a good idea or at least what I thought it was. I wouldn’t have called myself a feminist. I knew men were important and vital to society and family, but that didn’t stop me from “breaking an ego” (as my friends and I called it) or saying that I can (or should) be able to do anything a guy could do. I’m thankful I realized the truth before I cracked into The Feminine Mystique.

Radical Womanhood takes you on a journey of the history of feminism, its implications for society and the Church, and what the Scriptures have to say. It’s a very easy to read and written in a friendly manner, with real life stories following each chapter. What I really enjoyed about this book, aside from the history lesson, is that McCulley articulates so well the response I wish I had in discussing biblical womanhood in today’s world.

Why do you need to read this book? As the author, Carolyn McCulley puts it,

…chances are that there are aspects of your femininity that have been negatively impacted by feminism, no matter how you identify yourself now. That’s why I believe it is important to examine the history of feminism, how it has affected our culture and our churches, and how its claims stand up to the teaching of Scripture. (p. 28)

The objective to gain

a better understanding of why God made men and women in His image–two sexes, equal in worth and dignity–and why He assigns different roles to us in order to accomplish His purposes in His kingdom.

McCulley blogs at Radical Womanhood.

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9781433502095I cannot say enough good things about this book. At first, I must admit, I was a bit disappointed. I was expecting something that was a little more deeper theologically. But Wendy Alsurper didn’t disappoint either.

Practical Theology explores the basics of theology, the study of the nature of God, and how it relates to our lives in practical ways.

The basic premise of Practical Theology for Women is to live your life based on the truth of who God is. It’s simply stated, but so profound.

Who God is and how we respond to life circumstances are in direct correlation with each other. If we know God to be faithful, then even in the most dire of circumstances we have hope. If we know God to be just, then we can be assured wrongs will be righted. If we know God to be loving, then we will have no fear in confessing our sins. If we know God to be Father, then we can trust his guidance.

The problem, as the author Wendy Alsup puts it, is “some of us don’t know the truth of the character of God” (p.99). We know of God. We know about God. We know stories of God. But, oftentimes, we don’t live as if we truly know God and he is real.

That’s what this book is about.

As I was reading this book, I posted about it a few times on my other blog (Reflections of a Princess). You can read those posts here, here, here, and here.

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