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  1. Olivia Ard Olivia Ard says:

    I consider myself both a feminist and a devout believer in the Christian faith However my lack of understanding of certain theological concepts and the culturallinguistic context of many parts of the Bible including concerning passages about women have often left me feeling for lack of a better term suicky Throwing in the centuries of men's misuse of Scripture to oppress and abuse makes things even complicated This book was a godsend for me Alsup writes in a clear and concise way that is accessible to the seasoned believer and the areligious skeptic alike Her arguments are well organized and supported and helped me resolve several points of tension I've felt between Scripture and the loving just God I know I serve While Is the Bible Good for Women? is not an exhaustive work it is a wonderful resource for those who like myself have often found themselves conflicted over this issue I recommend to everyone Christian or not who regards the Bible with suspicion when it comes to gender issues I especially recommend to those who were reared in traditions that used Scripture out of context to subjugate demean or oppress women as Alsup does a wonderful job of discrediting those who have distorted God's word

  2. Jen Jen says:

    I agreed with some of what she said disagreed with other parts but it all made me think I already believe that the Bible is good for everyone so I didn't read this book to become convinced Which is a good thing because I don't think it would have if I was skeptical about it It's not bad but I didn't follow some of her thought patterns and ideas Not a negative to her we are different people so are bound to see things slightly differently Our spiritual journeys are also different so we are probably not in the same place theologically which is fine I respect the fact that she wrote a book that she wrote it about a rather hot button issue and did so without being anti man Kudos to herThough I think she awkwardly tap danced around the elephant in the room by only discussing malefemale husbandwife relationships Granted that was the focus of the book but by not mentioning anything about that elephant it was jarring and obvious and I think her way of using the Bible to explain the Bible would have been a really interesting look at that topic Maybe in a future book? I would definitely read it So solid read I have a lot to think about and chew over which is a good thing 35 stars rounded down to a strong solid 3 stars My thanks to NetGalley and WaterBrook Multnomah for an eARC copy of this book to read and review

  3. Abby Abby says:

    Wendy Alsup’s “Is the Bible Good For Women?” is a uniue and necessary anchor for those steering through the current of theological discussions about women and the Bible This book is distinct from progressive teaching because of an unabashed devotion to the truth and sufficiency of Holy Scripture but it is set apart from the majority of conservative teaching because of how graciously and honestly she confronts the dilemmas therein “The Bible does not give us problems” Alsup writes “that it does not also teach us to solve” Those problems find their answer in the person of Jesus Christ who Alsup describes as a scarlet cord tying scripture into glorious unity Whether under the label “complementarian” or not most theologically conservative writings about women in the Bible and gender roles in church family or community do not adeuately wrestle with the harder passages of scripture or welcome readers with unresolved uestions Ten chapters of this book can’t deal with every single passage either but Alsup lays a firm foundation of God’s character and the reliability of scripture and builds upon it with strength and nuance euipping readers to study all the Bible with fearless expectation Yet “Is the Bible Good For Women?” is not just for a theologian; it is for a skeptic as well Alsup shows us that the relationship between faith and femininity are not found in studying cultural s family structures or word searching “women” in a Bible concordance Even the cover lacks the current culturally defined “girlish” imagery because this is not a uestion answered by chalkboard calligraphy floral watercolors or steaming mugs of coffee it’s answered in studying scripture and seeing the Savior on every page From biblical stories of horror Dinah’s rape in Genesis 34; the dismembered concubine in Judges 19 Alsup shows God’s faithfulness to avenge those who abuse women From difficult portions of the Law including capital punishment for adultery in Deuteronomy 22 Alsup points to the perfect fulfillment Jesus made to protect women where the Law was insufficient particularly in John 8 From confusing and seemingly oppressive passages in New Testament epistles women forbidden to teach in 1 Timothy 2; discussions of head covering in 1 Corinthians 11; wives subject to husbands in Ephesians 5 Alsup celebrates the God who gifted each woman to effectively serve in her church community who hates slavery and sexual objectification and who laid down his life and all earthly power for the sake of his bride In all this Alsup exalts the God who put his image in every human being at creation called us “good then and has given us his Word and Himself only for our good ever since

  4. Joan Joan says:

    I had high hopes for Alsup's book As a woman I had been told I should not be teaching adult Sunday School classes because there were men present I saw families leave my church when I was elected as a deacon So I had high hopesMy high hopes continued as Alsup pursued the theme of Jesus restoring all that was lost in the Fall I liked her exploration of God's original perfect purpose for women working side by side with men in harmony image bearers of God I was excited by her assuring me that I have hope in Christ for repossessing all that was lost in the FallMuch of Alsup's book deals with the Old Testament When I got to the New Testament part of her book my high hopes began to deflate She encouraged me to take the “long view” of not merely the present but heaven too She reminded me that the good for women was really the “lose your life to find it” kind of good I knew then that women repossessing all that was lost in the Fall would be postponed and was not something for this lifeAlsup concludes from her investigation of difficult for women passages in the New Testament that women can serve such as being a deacon but not lead such as being an elder Galatians 328 indicates euality of men and women as joint heirs of the promises of God but does not apply to roles and responsibilities in the Christian community Women are not to lead worship nor make spiritual decisions for the church nor preach I would thinkI feel that Alsup gave me false hope by leading to believe that what was lost in the Fall has been redeemed and restored by Christ Perhaps in heaven men and women will walk and work side by side but not now We as Christians are encouraged to defend the right of a woman to vote or be the CEO of a corporation we are not to allow her to have a decisive position on a church boardAlsup admits in the book that she would not answer all the uestions regarding woman and the Bible and she has not This is not a definitive work by any means I think there are other books addressing the issues that are much better on both the egalitarian and complimentarian sides There are discussion uestions included so this book could be used in a discussion group I received a complimentary galley of this book from the publisher My comments are an independent and honest review

  5. Erin Henry Erin Henry says:

    I really appreciated this book First off because I got an advanced reading copy which was so fun For background the author comes from the reformed Protestant faith She grew up in fundamentalist circles and saw Scripture used to limit and oppress women She firmly believes that Scripture interprets Scripture and decided to search the Bible herself to determine if God and the Bible are good for women She addresses a lot of hard passages in the OT that most scholars ignore And she goes through most of the passages in the NT that refer to women Her ability to look at the entire arc of Scripture and using that to interpret individual verses is impressive and refreshing My one caveat is her critiue of using culture to help interpret the Bible I do think the culture of the time explains a lot about Scripture to us and the Jewish faith obviously informs a lot of ours and should also be included and studied The author uses culture many times in her explanation of verses such as OT laws regarding captives of war and NT teaching to people who worshiped Artemis So her insistence that we can understand all of Scripture using only other Scripture seems a bit much to me Her final interpretation is that women cannot be eldersoverseers She lays out a much stronger case than most though as with most complementarian writing the limits on women seem to be up for discussion That word doesn't mean much since you always have to ask the person to define it to understand what limitsexpectations it contains for them Despite my disagreements on a few points I think this would be a very helpful book for any woman who has felt hurt or made less than by teaching from Scripture I wish I had had it about 4 years ago But I'm glad it is out now for other readers

  6. Heather Heather says:

    Despite the two star rating I really appreciated many of the thoughts in this book It helps provide some context for potentially troubling passages in the Bible and focuses on providing readers with the tools to examine similar passages as they move forward in their personal studies StrengthsAlsup acknowledges the existence of intersex people in the introduction which I have never seen a Christian author do before I mean she could have done but she did do somethingSeveral traditional gender roles and expectations face scrutiny This includes the ideas that insist that women must marry and have children to have a fulfilling and meaningful life She suggests that relationships between men and women are not necessarily sexual and erotic and that the God created alliance between different genders can be powerful in other ways And she discusses ways that women are empowered in their churches but on that laterI really loved her discussion of how ezer or helping can be a God like characteristic in women It can be easy to dismiss the helper aspect along with stereotypes of submissiveness and a lack of agency but I was intrigued and impressed by this assertive righteous helping that is about serving defending and protecting others Again this book is meant to teach a thinking process when one arrives at problematic verses So that was good Overall Alsup seemed like a balanced writer She acknowledged other points of view and was respectful and thoughtful in thinking about how different people or groups might approach the same issue That thoughtfulness allows this book to open discussion to people I have a few but tw for sexual assault in Chapter 6view spoilerI'm glad that Chapter 6 Is the Law Good for Women? had a trigger warning at the beginning The chapter dealt with some problematic laws like that which says that women must marry their rapists It was definitely tough material but a worthy discussion But there was still a graceful respect for women who do not wish to read those discussionsI also didn't sense victim blaming sentiments in the writing While there's certainly responsibilitycondemnation for those people who choose to cheat on their spouses and break their promises there isn't an angle that suggests well actually these women weren't raped at all or these women deservedwanted it The focus on the ensured dignity and protection of the woman in the community helps ensure that victims of assault or abuse are never guilty or responsible for the hurt done to them I don't think that the discussion leads to anywhere wholly comforting but it's valuable for those who are up for it hide spoiler

  7. Morgan Morgan says:

    35 Personally I agree with Alsup's theology and interpretation of sculpture and appreciated her sound exposition of some challenging passages Serving in women's ministry and leading and teaching the Bible I was optimistic that this book could be a great book study to do with a group of women And I loved Alsup's teaching on our restored image and think that's powerful for women to hear But for some reason this book just never really flowed for me Found myself skimming and trying to get somewhere though I wasn't sure wherethat until I arrived at chapter 8 Are Paul's and Peter's Instructions Good for Women? I realized this was the meat I was hoping for because these are the passages that are often challenging to me I loved how Alsup let scripture interpret scripture and pointed to Old Testament characters and passages as well as Paul's female contemporaries to shed light on challenging passages And bringing in some cultural context was helpful as well I guess the reason this wasn't 4 or 5 stars for me is that it took 150 pages to get to the meat of the book But I do appreciate Alsup's efforts to establish a healthy and biblical interpretation of scripturethat we must grasp the metanarrative and allow scripture to interpret scripture and not cherry pick passages because cherry picking will lead to error and misinterpretation But i think some of this could have been condensed and time spent on specific passages Just my opinion

  8. Wanjiru Thoithi Wanjiru Thoithi says:

    I found this book a little difficult to read Perhaps I was looking for uick answers I think it needs to be read at least than once Wendy excels at teaching one how to figure out for onself whether the Bible is good for women She substantiates her claim the truth that the Bible is good for women by slowly weaving through the Bible and its story of redemption; herein lies the problemThe pace can sometimes feel a bit off What she sets out to discuss she does so through repetition of previously established principles and long winded illustrations which last too long before one is able to make a connection The good thing however is that she always delivers in the end of each chapterAs for the coverage on the typical concerns people may have regarding the Bible and what it says about women Wendy touches on a wide range of issues If anything is left undiscussed I think it is fair to say that she teaches the principles which would aid one in coming to one's own conclusions Overall a good book I pray for understanding as I read this book again

  9. Deon Deon says:

    This was a great book Challenging and thought provokingWhat do you do with the women in the Bible such as Tamar Dinah the daughter of Jephthah? What about head coverings women being silent in church? The author does a great job working through each of these stories and answer some why uestions Rather than telling you her answer she says the Bible is the best commentary on itself and does a nice job guiding you through the Bible This book would make a great book for a women small group There are good discussion uestion for each chapter in the back of the bookThis is an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review No review positive or otherwise was reuired—all opinions are my own

  10. Sheila Sheila says:

    If we believe the Bible is the unuestionable word of God we probably have to also believe it’s good for everyone If we believe the Bible’s just an interesting old book we’ll apply its rules to the present day with much caution and doubt But readers who find themselves in between these stances particular women might be drawn to read this book in search of hope and recognitionWendy Alsup offers lots of intriguing answers to those uestions or Bible stories so often presented to hold women down In Is The Bible Good For Women? she reminds her readers why interpretation can't be treated the same way as truth Meanwhile she offers honest insights into a Bible that’s not a textbook or a collection of stories with easy applications Old Testament tales of wounded women are presented in historical context revealing surprisingly good conseuences for women What looks from the outside like restriction becomes protection when viewed through a historical lens And the misuse of those same protections today is man's mistake not God'sI enjoyed the author’s Christ centered whole story approach to the Old Testament and was fascinated by her explanation of the difference between wisdom and law New Testament applications however are strongly guided by the author’s own experience Thankfully she does remind us of this and explains her interpretation is never meant as a blueprint for all But for some the uneven avoidance of outside interpretations might result in a New Testament “wisdom” that sounds too close to “law”Readers who enjoyed the earlier parts of the book might justifiably be disappointed as the reading continues For myself I’d rather believe women can become free—I prefer a different interpretation from the author's and I choose to let New Testament culture advise my understanding of the New Testament as Old Testament culture does my view of the Old That said I really enjoyed Wendy Alsup’s book The uestions included at the end would make it an excellent resource for a women’s study group and the emphasis on Christ makes it a good Christian resource as wellDisclosure Blogging for Books provided this book to me for free in exchange for an honest review

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Is the Bible Good for Women? ❴Reading❵ ➸ Is the Bible Good for Women? Author Wendy Alsup – Is it possible to embrace the inherent dignity of womanhood while still cherishing the Bible Many people both inside and outside the church are concerned that an orthodox understanding of the Bible is Is it possible to Bible Good Kindle Ö embrace the inherent dignity of womanhood while still cherishing the Bible Many people both inside and outside the church are concerned that an orthodox understanding of the Bible is threatening and even harmful to women After all the Bible has a number of passages regarding women that are deeply troubling and hard to read But is that assessment accurate In this fascinating look at God's work of redemption from Creation to today Wendy Alsup explores uestions such as How does God view justice and eual rights for women What does it mean Is the PDF/EPUB or to be made in the image of God How have the centuries distorted our interpretation of how God views women How did Jesus approach the Old Testament and how does that help us read difficult passages today What is the difference between a modern view of feminism and the feminism that Scripture models How does the Bible explain the Bible to us Using a Jesus centered understanding to look at both God's grand storyline and specific biblical passages Alsup gives practical and accessible tools for understanding the noble ways God speaks to and about women in its the Bible Good ePUB ´ pages and the dignity He places on His daughters.

  • Paperback
  • 224 pages
  • Is the Bible Good for Women?
  • Wendy Alsup
  • 17 February 2016
  • 9781601429001

About the Author: Wendy Alsup

Wendy Horger Alsup MEd Bible Good Kindle Ö Clemson University enjoys teaching theology to women and is the author of Practical Theology for Women The Gospel Centered Woman and By His Wounds You are Healed Alsup writes from her family farm and teaches math at the local community college.