I have seen reviews of this book (on Amazon and elsewhere), that slate this book for not adhering to Biblical principles, trying to uphold traditional values etc, while sacrificing integrity when interpreting the Bible. This, I would venture to say, is quite untrue. Though I doubt the other reviewers have actually, purposefully misrepresented what Piper, Grudem and the others who contributed to this book have said, I feel it is important to point out a few things.
Piper and Grudem set out at the start what they believe to be the essence of biblical manhood and womanhood, but this does not mean that they made up their minds before coming to the Bible and finding evidence for it. They set out what they believe is the essence from the start for the sake of clarity and so people know what this books view is from the start, as well as to provide a brief overview. This book isn't the product of faulty hermeneutics, but of good scholarly research. I do wonder if the people who have reviewed this book have genuinely, prayerfully read this book thoroughly, while studying the Bible, before coming to their conclusions. It sometimes feels like people have found out what the books aim is and then slated it because they simply do not agree. Often the reason for this is cultural conditioning I would venture to guess.
The book is set out into 25 Chapters, which is then split into various sections, such as initially, an overview, an exegetical argument from various passages in the Bible on what it teaches about manhood and womanhood, as well as a study of biology, sociology and psychology etc on the subject on manhood and womanhood. Much time is spent of the Biblical basis of the different roles of men and women in the church, home and "secular" life. When reading this book, it should be remembered that the authors (of some are women) have gone to the greatest care in interpreting the Bible on this subject and genuinely believe this to be what the Word of God teaches. We should remember they are brothers and sisters in Christ, and are most likely much wiser than us. Even if you disagree with the conclusion come to in this book, it should not be slated for things the authors never did. Such as, attempting to hold up traditions, or not interpreting the Bible honestly.
I for one loved this book and found the arguments, though running against popular culture mainly, finds it's basis in the Bible, and thorough biblical study.