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5.0 out of 5 stars An Eye-opening Book, 2 Feb 2005
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This review is from: God's Design for Women (Paperback)
I found this book very helpful in explaining how I had reached some of my unbiblical views. It deconstructs the feminism I grew up believing was the accepted norm and puts a much more positive perception of women in place, God's. It would be particularly useful for mothers to read alongside their older teenage daughters; as an objective basis for discussion perhaps.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What is God's design for women? Review of Sharon James' book, 21 Aug 2008
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S. Toovey (Oxford) - See all my reviews
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In today's society where the world and the Church seem increasingly confused about gender, Sharon James has written a book which is faithful to Scripture, comprehensive in its scope and easy to read.

'God's Design for Women' refreshingly accepts and celebrates the differences between men and women, and offers a return to the Biblical model for women and their place in marriage, the home, the family and also in the workplace. She examines feminist thinking and highlights how much it has affected our twenty-first century mentality- women are brought up in our society to be ambitious and to demand equality, but at the expense of recognising the value of a woman's traditional role as a housewife and mother. Sharon James points out that whilst discrimination against women is wrong, it is just as wrong to view women who choose to be full-time mothers as 'failures'. Adam and Eve were cursed in the areas where they were to find fulfilment- Adam was cursed in his work and Eve was cursed in childbearing. It makes sense that women, who are naturally equipped emotionally and physically for nurturing, invest time and effort in rearing their children and creating a godly home environment.

A concept I found really interesting was that equality and submission go together perfectly within marriage. James points out that within the Trinity, the Son submits to the Father, and yet all parts of the Trinity are equal. It's easy to see the wife as less important because she must submit, yet she is of equal value in the marriage and of course in God's sight.

The book discusses women's ministries and how there is such a need for women to minister to other women and provide emotional support that many men find difficult to give. The book also talks about how to be a godly, modest women in a society that places value solely on physical appearance rather than good character. James writes in a readable style and always comes back to Scripture- I think every woman should read this book and it might also be helpful for men, to reaffirm the differences in gender roles and the section on women's ministries is particularly helpful in a Church context.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book - check edition before buying!, 1 Oct 2013
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This book is really helpful in gaining a biblical perspective on womanhood today. It is well written and clearly covers the different aspects and opinions on the role of women today.
As a note of caution when ordering. The picture shows the latest edition (2007) that has been updated and includes a study guide. When I ordered a couple of 2nd hand copies from 3rd party sellers they sent out the older edition (2002). The image used and listing description doesn't indicate this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent choice for expository guidance in biblical womanhood, 8 Dec 2013
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Coming from an academic perspective this book deals practically with womens role in the Church. It confronts both liberal and repressive stances on biblical womanhood. It deepens our understanding on historical misinterpretations of controversial verses, in such a way as to guide us on how to adress the issue today. The author seems well oriented in the obstacles involved in applying biblical submission for women, both personally in the capacity of a women, and collectivly on a larger scale as a minister of women Groups. It is a balanced and experienced exposé giving the body of Christ fundamental buildingblocks for Godfearing woomanhood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant book., 3 Dec 2013
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This is a great, balanced, Biblical perspective on the role of women today. Would recommend it as a really valuable resource for all evangelicals.
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