Summary

This book features a number of autobiographical accounts as to how various persons have come to change their minds about women in leadership. Well-known evangelical leaders - individuals and couples, males and females, from a broad range of denominational affiliations and ethnic diversity - share their surprising journeys from a more-or-less restrictive view to an open inclusive view that recognizes a full shared partnership of leadership in the home and in the ministries of the church based on gifts, not gender. 
This book offers a positive vision for the future of women and men together as partners of equal worth without competitiveness in the work of equipping this and the next generation of Christian disciples for "the work of ministry" and service in the Kingdom of God.
All featured writers: Bill Hybels, Lynne Hybels, John Ortberg, I. Howard Marshall, Stuart Briscoe, Nancy Ortberg, Jill Briscoe, Tony Compolo and Cornelius Plantinga.
©2010 Zondervan (P)2010 Zondervan
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4 out of 5 stars
By John-Neal on 14-10-16

Interesting read

I enjoyed this audiobook however found it quite hard to follow at times with only one reader for both male and female testimonies.

Surprised at this considering it is a book about women in leadership.

Content wise, on the whole I found it thought provoking and challenging, although occasional comments from some contributors to this book, comparing those who hold different views on this subject to Nazis, terrorists, slave traders, calling them evil and 'wondering' how many of them would go to hell was really really unhelpful. Surely when discussing something as emotionally sensitive as this, a little more love would have better.

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By Adam Shields on 31-05-11

Stories make a difference

I first heard of this book when John Armstrong blogged about it (he wrote the first chapter.) It has taken me five months to get around to reading it, but I very enthusiastically encourage you to listen to these stories no matter what your position.

Of course it is a bit repetitive (there are 22 chapters by 26 separate people, several couples jointly wrote chapters.) But I think it is repetitive in a good way, because there are many people that have similar stories about how they have come to understand that women in church leadership is a good and appropriate direction for the church as a whole.

I found it interesting to see commonalities. There were more men than women that wrote chapters (a later chapter expressed the importance of men calling other men to a more egalitarian understanding). And many, but not all men, were prompted toward inspecting their own beliefs because someone close to them was being hindered from a clear calling because of church restrictions. For most women, it was their own ministry that was being hindered and there was often pain because of restrictions on ministry that was counter to their understanding of God’s direction.

Most, but not all, spoke of long periods of intense bible study and research because of several difficult passages in the New Testament. If you have primarily, biblical opposition to women in leadership, this book has a very good summary of the different ways that many have come to a different understanding without a lower view of scripture. But some were honest and said that it was not primarily scriptural reasons, but cultural reasons that were the basis for their opposition to women in leadership.

Like many good Christian books, one of the things that is striking is the humility that many of the writer’s exhibited. It is difficult to write about how you believe that you were once wrong. (Originally this was a longer review on my blog bookwi.se)

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5 out of 5 stars
By A. Weber on 08-06-17

Life Changer and Bible-centric

Egalitarianism has always been portrayed to me as unbiblical, but I found most of the essays in this book to be strongly Bible-centric! I am amazed to discover a whole other biblical side to this discussion that seems much stronger to me than the complementarian viewpoint that I have espoused my entire life. This book has brought me enormous personal freedom. You won't regret the read!

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