Monday, September 26, 2011

The Liberating Truth

Title: The Liberating Truth
Author:  Danielle Strickland

When I first saw this title, I wanted to see if the author was putting forth a certain premise.  So much happens in our society today to which we need to pay attention.  The author makes the plight of abuse towards women as wrong in her book, which I agree with.  Secondly, the author brings forth how women as well as young girls are sold into prostitution, abuse, denied the basic needs for living and so much more.  None of this do I disagree with.  As members of the Body we need to bring these women out of such lives and into a life filled with all that Jesus has to give to them.
Unless one is rooted deeply in the Word, I would not recommend this book.  Yes, the Body still needs to deal with her sins, seeing them as Jesus sees them.  Yes, the Body shouldn’t excuse or deny the wrong inflicted against women, as they are made in the image of God.  No one should be treated disrespectfully or abusively.  Why?  All of us are made in the image of God that is why.  The Body does need to love each other as Jesus loves her because that will draw them to Him, not just to a religious establishment. 
However, in many areas of this book, I disagree with the conclusions the author was drawing.  Women can find fulfillment in their God-given roles without stripping men of theirs.  Men and women are co-heirs with Christ.  Christ showed all of mankind that women are people too, nothing less than that.  The author however quotes other men and women authors to establish a very mistaken view.  I hold nothing against the author as a person, yet her conclusions and call to what she believes is the right action I find to be non-biblical.  There is such dignity and value that God bestows upon women that they will find so satisfying if they operate within that calling, letting the men carry what God has called them to carry. The author alludes to conclusions others make about a section of Scripture without giving or making notation of where the conclusions are found so a reader may locate the source, read and see if the author is drawing proper conclusions.
I could go on and on as the author did in her book, with one exception.  I would quote more of the whole counsel of God and leave out the conclusions of others.  Scripture speaks and supports itself.  I would highly recommend reading faithfully His Word, and for yourself see what He has to say.  It is His Truth that will set all mankind free, indeed.

A fellow contributor writes:

I completely agree with everything expressed in the prior blog.  I agree with the author of this book when she talks about the abuse of women and the heinous practices against them.  These acts should be condoned by no one.  Jesus did value women at a time in history when most women were viewed as property.  It is our responsibility as Christians to do all we can to help bring women to Christ and His freedom.
I would not recommend this book either.  Unless you are truly well-grounded in His Word, you may come away from reading this book with the wrong impression of women and their roles.  A lot of problems can come about when women try to step into a role that is not theirs to assume.  Feminism has blurred and confused men and women as to what place each gender should occupy.
The author makes certain statements that pertain to Christians and their view of women as if that is how all Christians view women.  She makes several sweeping generalizations or states opinion as if it is fact.  I could state several examples of these generalizations, but there are too many to list in this blog. 
I just didn’t like the constant references to the “empowerment of women.”  It sounds too much like some feminist phrase and that could negatively impact readers or lead other readers astray if not well-versed in what Scripture says.  We must read critically, constantly comparing to what God says in the Bible to identify and verify if what is put forth is His truth.  The liberating truth is not that Jesus empowers women, but the truth is in God’s Word and that is what will set you free.

From the Garden to the City

Title:  From the Garden to the City
Author:  John Dyer

                I was not sure exactly what I expected when I signed up to read and blog this particular book.  Perhaps one thing I was looking for was what perspective it would place before its’ readers.  I was not raised with a computer keyboard, but a typewriter.  I was not raised in a time when people sent text messages, but instead wrote letters, sent cards, or called.  Having to learn how to use a computer, how to navigate the World Wide Web, learn about various browsers, and so much more has been a long and continual process.  Yes, there have been times I wanted to throw the computer out the window!  That could be a little expensive to say the least.
                Over time I have started to see changes in the local Body of fellowship using new technological tools.  In the stores there seems to be someone talking all the time; it is a large screen with constant commercials.  Then people using their cell phones are not only talking on them, but typing on tiny keyboards.  I watch as people who are shopping walk the aisles and talk loudly enough so the person on the other end of the conversation can hear them, forgetting they have an unwanted audience in the aisle inadvertently hearing them.
                People wherever they are seem to always have something in their face, usually while they are trying to accomplish another task or tasks at the same time.  So how was this book going to address what I was witnessing in my everyday life?  I have to say this book is one everybody should read!  It deals with the deeper more prevalent issue, the life of a Christ-follower in an age of technology .
                                From the Garden to the City is a book well-founded theologically.  The author’s Biblical perspective helps everyone deal with balancing technology and being a Christian.  He explains profoundly how God creates and uses technology, but not as we think of it today.  Read this book and travel from Genesis to the present day for opinions regarding how we should view the use or non-use of the many mediums available to us.  The following list is a few of the websites cited.  Check them out!