Is the Bible Good for Women?

is good cover final finalWaterbrook/Multnomah is offering a sneak peek at Is the Bible Good for Women?  Seeking Clarity and Confidence through a Jesus-centered Understanding of Scripture.  If you know or love someone wrestling with this question, please share.


“Is the Bible good for women? Many people (both women and men) would emphatically say no. To them, the Bible promotes a patriarchy that has historically crushed women and given men license to suppress and abuse them. After all, how could a book that talks about forcing a raped woman to marry her rapist or tells wives to ‘submit’ to their husbands be good for women? Without flinching at the difficulty of certain parts of the Bible, and while at the same time upholding divine inspiration of the Scripture, Wendy Alsup weaves together answers that are not only consistently Christ-centered but are also true to the heart of the Lord who loves women. As a woman who highly values both women and God’s Word, Alsup gives us answers to some of the most difficult questions about gender in the Bible. Because her answers are deeply compassionate and true to Scripture, this book will be good for you. I highly recommend it!”

Elyse M. Fitzpatrick, author of Home: How Heaven and the New Earth Satisfy Our Deepest Longings


“Is the Bible good for women? Some hear the question and scoff: ‘Of course not! It’s antiquated, dangerous, misogynistic.’ Some hear the question and grieve: ‘Of course it is! It’s God’s Word, and it frees women to be who God means for them to be.’ What Wendy Alsup understands and articulates is that even something as good as the Bible can be put to poor use in the hands of sinful people. Thus she approaches the question with care and insight to provide an answer that is thoroughly biblical and so very satisfying.”

Tim Challies, blogger and author of Visual Theology





10 Responses to Is the Bible Good for Women?

  1. Jennifer Sabin January 27, 2017 at 11:40 am #

    I am looking forward to Payday so I can pre-order my copy of this book. I think it will be helpful in talking to the college students I work with. It also seems especially timely given the recent marches.

  2. Amy February 2, 2017 at 1:41 pm #

    Wendy, I received an advance copy for review from your publisher and I just have to say, even though I’m not more than 100 pages into the book, I am SO THANKFUL for your work! It is such a good, and necessary work, and I cannot wait for it to be available to the broader public. Thank you for your faithfulness in this hard and good (and sometimes taxing) work.

    • Wendy February 2, 2017 at 1:49 pm #

      Thank you, Amy! That really encourages me.

  3. Jen February 7, 2017 at 8:16 pm #

    I’m excited to read your book! I’ve always appreciated what you have to say. Praise God for giving you this conduit.

  4. Jennifer February 10, 2017 at 8:29 am #

    Hi Wendy, I just chose your book to read for a review in the Blogging for Books program. I look forward to the book and to let you know that I am ever so thankful to have an opportunity to participate in this program. I have found that I read then reread and take notes when I review. I cannot wait for your book as I loooove reading the Bible and delving into the Word. If you would like I will either private message you or message you a link to my review when I am done. No worries if you are not interested,
    Thank you in advance,

    • Wendy February 10, 2017 at 8:51 am #

      Oh, that’s great! I’d love to read the review when you’re done. You can email the link to

  5. Dee Parsons February 15, 2017 at 8:45 pm #

    Sadly, Wendy, Tim Challies does not believe a woman should read Scripture out loud during a church service. I look forward to reading your book but view an endorsement by Challies as inappropriate to the theme.

    • Wendy February 15, 2017 at 9:53 pm #

      My book doesn’t lobby for much during Sunday worship though, and I’m not sure if Tim still holds to that view. I actually have pretty conservative views on Sunday worship myself (though it depends on whom you compare me to-conservative is a relative term). The point of the book is more a straightforward look at the hard passages (particularly around sexual oppression) in the Bible and how reading them through the lens of Jesus gives needed help in understanding them. A lot of stuff forming in my head around the release of Real Marriage and downfall of Mars Hill. I try to work through several feminist issues and show the problem with evangelicals who consider feminism a bad word. God was the first to speak of women as necessary for humanity to fully image God out into the world. Lots about the necessity of women to God’s grand kingdom vision. That kind of stuff.

  6. Jayne Caldwell February 23, 2017 at 6:53 am #

    Has the publisher pulled its BOGO offer? I can’t get a response from them.

    • Wendy February 23, 2017 at 7:43 pm #

      Hmmm. I checked and they said they haven’t. You can email at if you are having problems. Sorry about that!