The resignation of Eve : what if Adam's rib is no longer willing to be the church's backbone?

by Henderson, Jim, 1947-

Format: Print Book 2012
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CLP - Main Library Mezzanine - Non-fiction BV676.H45 2012
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Mezzanine - Non-fiction
Call Number  BV676.H45 2012
In talking with women around the country, Jim Henderson has come to believe that there is an epidemic of quiet, even sad resignation among dedicated Christian women who are feeling overworked and undervalued in the church. As a result, many women are discouraged. Some, particularly young women, respond by leaving the organized church . . . or walking away from the faith altogether. Containing personal interviews with women and new research from George Barna, The Resignation of Eve is a field report on what women have to say about how they've been affected by their experiences within the church. It is crucially important because, across the board, the research shows that women are driving changes in the church . . . so what will happen if they resign?Inviting women to speak for themselves, The Resignation of Eve is a must-read, life-changing book for women who have been engaged in the Christian church as well as their pastors and ministry leaders.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Henderson is a self-described spiritual anthropologist, who probes into people's spiritual lives. In this intriguing book, he examines the role, or lack thereof, that women play in the Christian church. He points out that research indicates that women tend to form the backbone of churchgoing even as many churches restrict the roles available to women. Consider: the majority of weekly churchgoers and church volunteers are women. Still, he notes, an increasing number of women are reevaluating their spiritual options : some resign themselves to their church, some join a different faith, others practice their faith in new ways, and still others leave the church altogether. In The Resignation of Eve, Henderson shares stories of the women he interviewed, followed by his own commentary he doesn't always agree with the conclusions of the women he profiles. In addition, he shares statistics on how women feel about their spiritual experiences. He concludes that, for many women, the church is not a safe place to be yourself. A provocative look at the often overlooked role that women play in the church.--Sawyers, June Copyright 2010 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Henderson (Jim and Casper Go to Church), who enjoys out-of-the-box looks at Christianity, examines a stealthy problem: women who are increasingly dissatisfied with being limited to nonleadership roles in many evangelical churches. He interviews women across the country who share their thoughts and experiences. Henderson places them into three categories of resignation: "resigned to," accepting limitations; "resigned from," leaving the church; and "re-signed," trying to influence change from within. The author also cites information from a survey he commissioned to back up his argument that failure to rectify unequal treatment of the half of the population most responsible for the church's stability and growth might very well result in the demise of the church. To prevent a rude awakening, Henderson urges male church leaders to take a fresh look at Jesus' example of relating to and empowering women and to reconsider a strict interpretation of certain biblical passages regarding pastoring, eldership, and leading. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Ordination of women -- Protestant churches.
Women in church work -- Protestant churches.
Publisher Carol Stream, Ill. :BarnaBooks,2012
Language English
Description xxvii, 288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 283-288).
ISBN 9781414337302 (pbk.)
1414337302 (pbk.)
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