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.