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Eldredge's Captivating Distorts Christian Femininity So Read These Books Instead

See the excellent article just released on the web today by Christianity Today senior associate editor Agnieszka Tennant entitled:

What (Not All) Women Want
The finicky femininity of Captivating by John and Stasi Eldredge.Captivating_2

This is the most popular non-fiction book on the Christian Bestsellers List, September 2006.  This is also a hugely popular book on Christian college campuses like Taylor University where I teach.

Tennant responds personally and thoughtfully to the stereotypical view of Christian femininity advocated by the authors.  I hope many students will read this article and begin to think more critically about the book’s content.

I never like to be just negative without providing an alternative so here are . . .

Some books we should be buying for the women in our lives.

On becoming a thoughtful Christian female theologian:

Confessions of a Beginning Theologian
by Elouise Renich Fraser

On femininity by Van Leeuwen of Eastern University:

Gender & Grace: Love Work & Parenting in a Changing World
by Mary Stewart Van Leeuwen

On the story of a woman with traditional views being inspired by the Bible:

When Life and Beliefs Collide
by Carolyn Custis James

Lost Women of the Bible: Finding Strength & Significance through Their Stories
by Carolyn Custis James

On the journey of a woman searching the Scriptures:

Equal to Serve: Women and Men Working Together Revealing the Gospel
by Gretchen Gaebelein Hull

On the biblical issues:

Discovering Biblical Equality: Complementarity Without Hierarchy
by Ronald W. Pierce (Editor), Rebecca Merrill Groothuis (Editor), Gordon D. Fee (Editor)

To be fair, see also the critique of this book at:

Journal of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Responds to Discovering Biblical Equality (IVP,2004)

For parents by McMinn of Wheaton College:

Growing Strong Daughters: Encouraging Girls to Become All They’re Meant to Be
by Lisa Graham McMinn

On scholarship and women:

Living on the Boundaries: Evangelical Women, Feminism And the Theological Academy
by Nicola Hoggard Creegan, Christine D. Pohl

On struggles as a woman:

Redeeming Eve: Finding Hope Beyond the Struggles of Life
by Heather P. Webb

On femininity and spirituality:

Eve's Revenge: Women and a Spirituality of the Body
by Lilian Calles Barger

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