Is the Bible Good for Women? Absolutely. “Wendy has done a magnificent job here in answering the question of the book title. If we desire women to flourish in God’s good design, then we must understand from the whole of Scripture what that design is. Although I don’t agree with all her conclusions, this is an excellent book that is serious about the Bible and serious about women thriving.” —Matt Chandler
Is it possible to embrace the inherent dignity of womanhood and the importance of social justice while keeping an orthodox view of the Bible?
In Is the Bible Good for Women? Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture
(Waterbrook, March 21, 2017) author and blogger Wendy Alsup takes a fascinating look at how God’s grand story offers inspiration to women that connects God's vision for womanhood to the good news of Jesus Christ.
Many, 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 Alsup suggests we read these pieces of Scripture with an awareness of the whole biblical story, not as isolated sections.
“The long story of Scripture presents to us a better, deeper way,” Alsup writes. “Much of the Bible’s inherent goodness for women (and men) is tied to God’s eternal purposes that infuse the highs and lows of our earthly reality with supernatural importance.”
Alsup walks through these tricky passages with practical, biblical, and accessible information about the dignity God gives His daughters.
This explanation of biblical feminism validates women while remaining true to an orthodox understanding of Scripture. In this fascinating look at God’s work of redemption from Creation to today, Alsup explores what it means to be for the flourishing of women as well as a thoughtful reader of the Bible. Is the Bible Good for Women?
is a thoughtful, encouraging resource for both women and men looking to advocate for the value of women while still holding an orthodox view of scripture. In the end, she presents a view of feminism modeled in the pages of the Bible. Praise for Is the Bible Good for Women?
“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
“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 sup- press 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 up- holding 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 ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Wendy Alsup is the author of Practical Theology for Women
, The Gospel-Centered Woman
, By His Wounds You Are Healed
and Is the Bible Good for Women?
She began her public ministry as deacon of women’s theology and teaching at her church in Seattle, but she now lives on an old family farm in South Carolina, where she teaches math at a local community college and is a mother to her two boys. She writes at theologyforwomen.org and gospelcenteredwoman.com.