Women and God: Hard Questions, Beautiful Truth
What the Bible really says about women and why it is beautiful
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. Take a look at the issues here.
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 worshiping 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.
--Melissa Kruger, Author of The Envy of Eve and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood
Kathleen Nielson examines hard questions about women and God that some might be afraid to ask: Is God for women? Does he like us? Using God's own words in Scripture, Nielson teaches us that the answer is a resounding Yes!
--Colleen J. McFadden, Director of Women's Workshops, Charles Simeon Trust
In our day, debate over the treatment of women, especially in the church, is one of the hot topics. I hope that many readers on all sides of this debate will take the time and invest the energy to listen carefully and respectfully to Kathleen, a woman who has a keen mind, a heart devoted to Scripture, and the courtesy to treat other viewpoints fairly even while she marshals the evidence that supports her understanding of key passages and themes.
--D.A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Illinois; President, The Gospel Coalition
I am encouraged by this book, which takes on a subject that is not easy or popular as it grapples with some seriously hard questions and helps equip us to answer them from God's word. As you read the book, it is easy to see that Kathleen herself delights in the goodness of God's plan for women as she carefully and winsomely seeks to show us how that goodness runs throughout the whole Bible.
--Andrea Trevenna, Associate Minister for Women, St Nicholas, Sevenoaks, UK; author of The Heart of Singleness
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
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. Frankly, there are few people I trust more than Dr. Nielson to push me, challenge me, and make me think rigorously, carefully, and biblically about these things. This book is faithful and sensitive, truthful and persuasive, restrained yet comprehensive.
--Ligon Duncan, Chancellor, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi