Gender. Women. Women’s roles.
What’s the Bible got to do with it how a woman finds her place in the world?
Elyse Fitzpatrick and Eric Schumacher would say that the Bible has a lot to say about how women should see themselves and be treated, and that’s why they’ve teamed up to write Worthy.
In the ending pages of this book, the authors say they expect to get push back from lots of directions- both Christian and secular.
They aren’t calling for women to start burning their bras or protesting.
They aren’t calling for women to stage a rebellion against the church and society and get angry about injustice.
They aren’t calling for women to stop pursuing traditional paths of marriage, motherhood, or domestic life, if those are the paths that women are called to pursue.
But the authors are convinced that a lot of people will be unhappy with what they have to say in Worthy.
The core message that Worthy seems to try to get across is that women have great value in the eyes of God, and that changes need to be made in how women are treated in churches today. They share the story of how a popular Christian woman leader was ridiculed and ogled by “Christian” men when she was just trying to do her job. It’s disgusting to read in Worthy about how a young Christian woman decided she would tell that yes, she was being abused as so many others were, and that those in her Christian church denomination were involved with a “systematic cover up” that helped protect abusers.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of Worthy in exchange for my honest review.
While the authors of Worthy advocate for women so strongly, I found it odd that they didn’t elaborate more on their theology as to why women should not hold the office of pastor. Agree or disagree – that is not the point – I just wanted to know their thoughts as to what separates a deacon from a pastor.
Things like that could be discussed if you use Worthy to teach a theology class or to mentor emerging church leaders. In a group setting, the hypothetical questions can be brought to life. There were some times in this book when I wasn’t exactly sure where the authors were going or what they were trying to say (it got vague). But the authors of this book aren’t just striving for the theory they discuss- they want to see real change in helping people understand how to treat women as Jesus Christ would.