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Freedom and Boundaries Paperback – 8 Mar 2006

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  • Paperback: 172 pages
  • Publisher: Pleasant Word-A Division of WinePress Publishing (8 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414106114
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414106113
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,922,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is refreshing to see a young evangelical leader not be afraid to tackle the most controversial issues head on. He writes from a complementarian perspective on men and women in the church (and marriage), that according to the scriptures certain teaching/governing roles are restricted to men.

The book is relatively short yet he gives a surprisingly deep look at the difficult verses in the bible about women in ministry. He is very forthright and writes specifically for the layman avoiding much of the technical jargon. It still requires some careful thought though if you are not familiar with this debate.

He devotes a chapter to each of the disputed verses (pertaining to church, not marriage) and also has a chapter on answering common objections and a further one about practical applications. In the appendix is an interesting piece on the historic link between egalitarianism (pro-women's ordination) and homosexual approval as well as a very good piece on husbands loving their wives/wives submitting to their husbands.

Great introductory book for someone just wanting a concise look at this issue from the complementarian perspective, a lot is packed in to a small book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DeYoung - Freedom and Boundaries 21 April 2008
By Nathan Dorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Rev. DeYoung is a young pastor of a vibrant Reformed church in Michigan and is out of step with the current trends in his denomination; he is a complimentarian. DeYoung set out to write a brief readable book on this issue and he admirably accomplished his goal; chapters are concise and readable and cover the high points of the conflict with the relevant scriptures. DeYoung loves the Bible and the church and has a good grasp on church history (his own and other denominations). With care for biblical interpretive rules and sensitivity towards those who disagree, he presents the biblical basis for traditional male-leadership (viz. teaching authority) in the church. At the end of the book he argues that compromise on this issue will lead to further damaging compromises on biblical interpretation, and this argument is well supported by recent church history. Highly recommended.
54 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom and Boundaries 5 Jun. 2006
By Shevy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is an exceptional book on a sensitive topic: the role of women in the church. Author Kevin DeYoung presents a carefully reasoned biblical case (complementarian) with clarity and grace. The exegesis of Scripture is rock solid and the applications are practical. The book is concise and free of the kind of theological jargon that would make it accessible only to academicians. Pastors and members will both profit greatly. I wish I had written it. I will definitely distribute it.

-- Dr. Ron Sheveland
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Biblical and Balance Teaching on a Very Sensitive Matter 24 Oct. 2011
By just another amazon customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Pastor DeYoung does a most excellent job of rendering the Biblical answer to the roles of women in the Church. Too often the current culture has taught women that they must be more like men in their dress, behavior, and even looks. We desperately need courageous people like Pastor DeYoung who unabashedly exposit the Word of God in the face of so much political correctness and simply bad doctrine. God bless you, Pastor DeYoung; God bless you.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate sexism in the name of the Bible 3 Feb. 2013
By Karen J. Rath - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been a fan of Kevin DeYoung in the past and had found some of his writings to be very helpful. However, this book only helped me to realize that he is a very serious sexist. While he claims that gender hierarchy does not imply that men are superior to women, his disdain for women comes out clearly in this book. In addition to not believing that women should be pastors or elders, he does not even believe that women should teach adult Sunday school with men in the class or be guest speakers of sermons in worship. He backs up his views with scripture, and discusses the perspective of the other side and why he considers it inaccurate. However, he clearly interprets scripture to reinforce his already decided view that women must always be below men in both the church and the home. I will never read anything else by this man who uses his knowledge of scripture to promote inequality and discrimination. I would only recommend this book as an example of how morally and spiritually bankrupt the so-called "complementarian" position on gender is.
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