Title: The Resignation of Eve
Author: Jim Henderson
Note: I received a complimentary copy from Tyndale Publishers. Read my other reviews of different books: http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/
As I sit here preparing to write a review on this book, I can’t help wondering how to start. There are many thoughts and emotions rattling within me, so before I started I stopped and asked for the Lord to help me because I wasn’t sure how to put forth what was inside. Jim Henderson took three years to put this book together, interviewing many women regarding many issues. He includes in the book what research showed as far as women and church. The author gives his readers an insight as to where he is coming from and how he got there. I appreciate that about an author or anybody, being honest in that we all come with preconceived ideas from life. Also included at the end of each section are parts other women or men wrote, but their identities are kept anonymous.
The main purpose of writing this book, doing interviews, research and all was to find out why women are: 1) leaving a church basically for good, even while some are there in flesh but their heart is far away, and 2) others staying in the church without worrying about why women aren’t in leadership positions. Now please realize this is just the tip of the iceberg so to speak as to what is in the book. There is much more to what the author writes. In reading this book, it took a while to see what the interviewed women were saying. Of course, not all of the conversation is presented, which is understandable. At the end of each interview, the author has a small section labeled, “My Take”. In that small space, he shares what he thought about the interview, what was said and other sentiments drawn from his experience. Mr. Henderson leaves his major conclusions until the end of the book.
In the final pages of the book, he says he has no plans to write another book like this so he had to choose what to include and what not to include. Again, I appreciate him stating this as well as what he doesn’t touch on specifically, but how he feels in general about unspoken issues.
There are very few books I don’t care to read. In fact, I have a stack yet to read, review and contact authors. It took me less than 1 ½ days to read this non-fiction material as it is easy to follow the thoughts of the women interviewed and the author’s conclusions. The research material included may be of interest to some, but to me it isn’t what is important when drawing conclusions or making decisions about important issues. While I am open to hearing what others think about an issue and love interaction about the problems addressed, I don’t want to stay there. Opinions are just that--what someone concludes or thinks about an issue. It is important in dialogue to learn about others, but in the end one must decide who is the “final authority” in his/her life.
It is heart-wrenching to read of how some women are being treated, but then again that is only one side of the coin and not a complete picture. In the book, women left not only the “church”, but their faith as well. While it may seem to be the church’s fault, that isn’t how God sees it. Each one of us must give account for our own lives. There are also women who are presented as being resigned in that “since this is the way it is going to be” they just work with the system or around it or through it.
In all the pages I read, only a couple of Scripture portions were cited. What happened to the whole counsel of God? Where is guideline of 2 Timothy 3:16-17? ”All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.“ (NIV) It must be made known that we are finite and cannot tell the Infinite what to do. We cannot think, play or work in the world and be a biblically thinking Christian sometimes. The Church is not the ultimate authority upon which we stand. It is Christ, the living being, who stands firm, and we as the Church must be available to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. Opinions come and go. Jesus Christ came and went, and is coming again. What do you base your hope in or on? Who is the ultimate authority in your life? If man is placed next to God as if on equal footing, then to me it is God’s authority every time that is supreme and not because I say, but because He is! If opinions and experiences of man are placed next to the Word of God, I take the Word of God as authority above all else. The Word of God transforms me, the World and the Body. What transforms you? What influences you? What will be the base on which you stand when He returns or you face Him first?