Monday, November 19, 2012

Fearless Daughters of the Bible {Review}

Fearless Daughters of the Bible is a 15 chapter study that looks at 22 women of the Bible and how they changed their world.  I picked up the book thinking it would be interesting to get a fresh perspective of these women, some of whom occupy only a small space in such a vast book.  And I was pleasantly surprised by the range of women that were chronicled.

Along with each woman from the Bible, Grady includes modern day examples to flesh out just how daring and counter-cultural theses women were.  Through multiple examples, the author encourages women to embrace their natural God-given talents and abilities to minster in the church and change the culture around them.

Although I mostly enjoyed the book, I had two reservations about Fearless Daughters.  1) Grady occasionally relies more heavily on his modern day examples rather than the Biblical example that he says he promotes.  I think the modern day examples are fitting.  It's just not what a expect from a book about Fearless Daughters of the Bible.  2) Grady has a tendency to write heavy handedly about the church's conscious or unconscious oppression of women in ministry.  Sometimes he veers toward feminism.  While I agree that there are areas that need to be changed, Grady seems to swing to the other end of the pendulum.

Over all, Fearless Daughters of the Bible is a great source for learning more about 22 powerful women of God who changed the course of history.  It's a good study of some often overlooked historical characters.  While I can't agree with everything Grady has to say, I do appreciate his passion for bringing these women greater recognition and showing us what we can learn from them.

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of Fearless Daughter for review.  All opinions are my own.

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