Women and God

Hard Questions, Beautiful Truth

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What the Bible really says about women and how to enjoy it

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There is much discussion and confusion around the issues of gender equality and gender roles, and the church is not exempt. Some even believe that the Bible contributes to sexism against women and that God is, in some way, sexist. 

In this warm, conversational and sympathetic book, Kathleen Nielson looks at what the Bible really says about women and what it reveals about God’s attitude towards them. She asks the hard questions about the Old Testament Law, the role of women in marriage and the role of women in the church, consistently pointing us to God’s word and his perfectly created order.

She not only provides Biblical reasoning in answer to these questions, but also shows how the truth can be enjoyed as women and men submit to the perfect will of our compassionate, merciful and gracious God.

Women and men of all backgrounds, views, and ages will find this a valuable book. Pastors and Elders will will find it useful as they work out how to faithfully lead a united worshipping community under the authority of Christ and in accordance with Scripture. It is also ideal for use in women's ministry as women seek to live and act according to God’s will.

"I was deeply helped by reading Women and God. It is a book written by a wise woman, and it does not shy away from hard, painful, complex issues." Ligon Duncan, Chancellor, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi

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Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. How We Got Here
  • 3. Second Place?
  • 4. Fallen Women
  • 5. The Darkest Places
  • 6. Strong Women
  • 7. Women, Sex, and a Question of Double Standards
  • 8. Women's Bodies
  • 9. A Man Unlike Any Other
  • 10. Women and Marriage
  • 11. Women and the Church
  • 12. The Goodness of God

Specification

Author Kathleen Nielson
ISBN 9781784982799
Format Paperback
First published 2018
Dimensions 135mm x 216mm x 11mm
Language English
Pages 208
Publisher The Good Book Company
Commendations

Kathleen Nielson proficiently unpacks difficult passages of Scripture that we sometimes want to avoid. On every page, she helps us wrestle with complex questions, while inviting us to embrace this beautiful truth: God is good to women. This is an excellent and needed book—I highly recommend it for both men and women.

Melissa Kruger

Author of The Envy of Eve and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood

At a time when there is increasing confusion and perhaps resistance to God’s word about gender, Kathleen offers a clear and wise path to understanding God’s word rightly in this important area. Don’t be fooled into thinking this is a book just for women. This is an excellent resource for men as well, as we all grapple with the Bible’s teaching on what it means to be a woman.

Kara Hartley

Archdeacon for Women’s Ministry, Diocese of Sydney, Australia

I loved this book! Women and God is more than just an overview of the roles of women in the family and the church. It tackles all the usual texts as well as the more shocking and perplexing ones that other people sometimes avoid. Kathleen anticipates all the questions and objections that people have, and then answers them from the text with wisdom, clarity, and sensitivity. What makes this book so compelling is her conviction that God is good, and that women can have confidence that living by his word is a beautiful thing and for our good.

Carrie Sandom

Director of Women’s Ministry, The Proclamation Trust, London; Associate Minister for Women at St John’s, Tunbridge Wells, UK

Customer reviews

“Incredibly helpful and thought provoking”

I was so happy when I saw that this book was being released! I've been trying to explore the field for the last couple of years, as I come from a background where it was never questioned that women were ministers, but when I went to university I was met with a whole new set of ideas about this - and knew that I needed to explore it for myself to come to a decision on what I believed. This book has been one of the most helpful on that journey - my one complaint would be that sometimes the application seems to leap a bit far from the rest of the text, like a step or two is missing. However, most of the argument and discussion is logical, and I found it very helpful in presenting a good, clear and academic case for complementarianism. Thank you!


13/07/2018

“Nielson delivers sound theology in a loving, patient and clear way.”

(Review written for 'Women and God (ebook)')

Discussing women's role before God always seems to attract controversy – especially if it's explained by a man! This seems to be more and more the case with every passing year. Therefore, it's so good for a woman to wonderfully explain tricky passages of scripture, delight in complementarianism, and show how much value God places on women.

Nielson shows understanding of, and compassion about the abuse of women that has happened within religion, from elevating women as fertility gods, to reducing them to sacrifices. She also empathises with why people may take issue with how woman's role is explained in the Bible.

These issues have led to many women questioning why God made them with unique pains, struggles and a supposedly lesser value.

But she answers pretty much every question one can think of – why learn about marriage roles if I'm single? How can I worship Jesus the man? Is the 'informal' teaching of Priscilla and Aquila of any less value (answer - no!)? Were commands just for the culture or for all time? Why must women struggle with unique burdens like childbirth? Are Christian sexual standards repressive?

Nielson always takes the reader back to the Bible with her answers. She is always quick to point out that abuses and struggles come from sin and she always returns to the creation of man and woman in the Garden of Eden. A woman's body, role and gifts exist to give God glory.

Women and God was expertly written, and its goal is to direct people to worship of God. With worship of God as the priority of all people, then tricky passages become easier to understand, the complementarian position becomes a joy, and women can give glory to God.

While it was written for women, it was useful to read as man!


03/06/2018

“A thorough and worthwhile book”

This book is not just another addition to the discussion of the role of women, but a challenging and thorough look at scripture. We are forced to start by looking about what God says about women throughout the Bible - and whatever our view at the outset we are challenged to think more deeply and grapple with issues that might otherwise be left aside.


16/04/2018

“A Book Worth Waiting For”

Really pleased this book has been written. It is a gracious contribution to the often difficult and sometimes divisive subject of women's ministry. Kathleen Neilsen has made a real attempt to address the difficult passages, to understand those who come from a different position and yet to portray the value of what a woman can uniquely offer in her complementary role.I hope many will read it.


09/04/2018

“Disagreed”

Easy to read - some excellent chapters - disagreed with her view in part - preferred Trevor Morrow's approach in "Two are equal" which is beautifully and humbly submitted too.


15/03/2018

“A great place to look at how God shows his love for half the human race.”

I have never read a theology book, centred on women. I found it very difficult to put this book down. I particularly found the way Deborah is shown to be a strong, yet faithfully obedient when working with Barak, enlightening.
'Women and God' is not only a great reference book, but will also as an excellent discussion starter, in all sorts of settings. Kathleen Neilson has definitely become a favourite author of mine.


12/03/2018

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