Every book I’ve written so far has taken on a life of its own. Half the Church is no exception. Initially, I wanted to put in a single volume what I’ve learned so far about the Bible’s message for women—Image Bearer, ezer-warrior, and Blessed Alliance. But I soon learned there is more to say about these rich life-changing concepts.
This was only the beginning.
The book expanded into an exploration of that message within a wider global context. It has been eye-opening for me. A global perspective is missing from our conversations and when included changes everything!
I’m also responding to the challenge Sheryl WuDunn and Nicholas Kristof leveled at the church in Half the Sky for us to mobilize in combating and relieving the suffering and oppression of women worldwide. This challenge is central to our gospel mission.
My editor (Katya Covrett of Zondervan) described the book as, “A blazing call to action!”
Release is scheduled for March 2011, but you can order in advance on Amazon (hardcover or Kindle)!
Can't WAIT for this to come out! Thanks for writing it Carolyn 🙂
Awesome! Thank you!
I can't help but think, every time I hear someone claiming that the church is being “countercultural” by not permitting women to use their gifts, that much of the world outside of the US (as well as inside, but that's a different story) is being excluded. In many countries, limiting women is indeed the cultural norm.
This looks fabulous. I will put it on my list of books to absolutely buy!
The only trouble with responding to Kristof and WuDunn's “challenge” is that it's a false challenge. What they both miss, and you have apparently missed as well if you think their “challenge” deserves a response, is that Christians have *always* been in the forefront of combatting suffering and oppression, ever since Christianity was a minority and persecuted religious sect saving Roman baby girls from death by exposure.
I reviewed the Kristof/WuDunn book here:
From their praise of Mao's China to their criticism of the Mexico City policy it is perfectly clear they don't give a toss about women unless they are economically productive, working in factories rather than raising babies. In fact, you might say they don't like “kitchen wives” any more than, well, I'll just leave it there, shall I?