I loved Mary DeMuth’s courage when she wrote The Sexy Wife I Can’t Be. It struck a chord with many evangelical women. From my perspective, it raised an important question for women in the church: what does it mean for women to be differentiated as wives when we approach the issue of our sexuality in marriage? I could very clearly see Mary's important voice contributing to health, wholeness, and differentiation.
What does it mean for women to be differentiated as leaders and friends within the church? What does it mean for cross-gender relationships? A new book by Halee Gray Scott addresses that question in Dare Mighty Things: Mapping the Challenges of Christian Women in Leadership. Don’t you love that title?
I’m pro-women. I applaud any book seeking to help women flourish in leadership. I’m excited about any positive movement for conservative evangelical women. I tell you, this book would have not been published by Zondervan twenty years ago. Evangelical women have come a long way!
One thing is very clear: Christian men and women are in the midst of this BIG conversation in processing social change regarding sexuality and women in the Church! Just think of some titles in recent years: Liberating Tradition, How I Changed My Mind About Women in Leadership, Half the Church: Recapturing God's Global Vision for Women, A Year of Biblical Womanhood, Jesus Feminist, Down We Go, and Pastrix are just some of the titles reflecting thoughts of women in leadership and the massive social change.
We are in the midst of this BIG conversation. Halee Gray Scott's book Dare Mighty Things now contributes to this dialogue as well. For conservative evangelicals the book is going to appear as a breath of fresh air. There is much good in this book.