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The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women (edition 2011)

by Danielle Strickland, Vicky Beeching (Foreword)

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Danielle Strickland contends that women everywhere remain subjugated by cultural norms that tell them to conform, hold back, and turn aside from God's call upon their lives. Consequently many women fail to play a full part in the healing and restoration of society. The church should take the lead. In this prophetic book Danielle observes: 'We should be the ones who model an alternative approach to leadership. We are the ones with the Bible and the witness of the Holy Spirit who through Scripture, reason, tradition and experience has shown, over and over again His heart for the release of women to exercise their gifts.' The book covers: The current situation (exploitation or subjugation); the historical situation (feminism and the Christian tradition); key biblical material; justice (the feminization of poverty); what does the future offer, and what should the church do?… (more)
Title:The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women
Authors:Danielle Strickland
Other authors:Vicky Beeching (Foreword)
Info:Monarch Books (2011), Paperback, 160 pages
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I guess I got what I was expecting from this book: a panegyric for popular women's lib in the church. The author describes several ways that women have been abused(both in some churches and cultural activities). Although she implies otherwise, these actions and attitudes are not supported by the Bible. Christian women who want to live according to Scripture will not be helped by reading this book.
  BBMcIntosh | Mar 6, 2013 |
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My wife read this book and found it mildly helpful. I also did a quick review of it, especially some Scriptural interpretations. I think the author stretches them a bit though I understand what she is trying to do. She wants to show that women's role lies between the complementarian and the current feminist point of view that some have adopted too. It offers some good points, but overall it stretches it too much. ( )
  despond | Aug 31, 2012 |
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This book challenged me, but not quite in the way I expected.

I expected to be challenged theologically, and philosophically. I find rather that I am challenged to treat the book and the author with compassion. It doesn't live up to its promise.

I understand that in a very Biblical sense, every injustice is an injustice against all. The prophets of the Old Testament challenged their entire society to deal with injustice. They understood that the society was sick because they allowed injustice, even if they didn't participate in it. Strickland takes that notion to another level. All injustices [against women] are equal, so forbidding women to preach is the same as selling them as sex slaves or forcing them to wear a burqa. The real question, to my mind, would be "Is it an injustice to disagree with Strickland?"

She writes well. This book is easy to read, yet the author keeps taking short cuts in logic that make it difficult to keep reading. Normally an author buildis a good argument, and then refer back to that argument. Strickland makes offhand references to arguments that she will build later in the book.

She also makes arguments based on a flawed understanding of the culture and society of the ancient near east. Her image of male/female relationships in ancient Greece is not supported by historical research and anthropology. Her arguments about Paul's statement to Timothy, "I do not allow women to teach men...." are made questionable by her dependence on questionable scholarship.

Thus, I am disappointed in this book. I expected to be challenged to seriously examine her theological arguments, and I find that although she writes well, she writes unconvincingly. ( )
  Philcott | Jan 26, 2012 |
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The Liberating Truth
How Jesus Empowers Women

By Danielle Strickland

I was thrilled when I received this book from Library Thing.
First of all I consider myself a Fundamentalist and an Evangelical. I say that because I also believe my Pastor is fantastic and I’m thrilled that SHE is my Pastor.
I loved the book. Ms Strickland’s writing style is practical and appreciated I followed her instruction and feel more informed in reading her book. An example I enjoyed:
“In our current culture, the sex industry has hijacked the name of “womens’ rights.” They heap argument upon argument to bolster the myth that violence and sexual abuse, which are the harsh realities at the heart of prostitution, are actually liberating. That’s sick.” (pg 42)
Yeah, I can follow that no problem.
I believe women are fit for the pulpit and leadership and that gender dictated churches are not fundamentally correct and hamper the evangelical purpose of spreading the gospel. I believe that whole heartedly and I still believe that after reading this book.
But Ms. Strickland and I did lengthen in thought a few times.
Until page 89 Ms Strickland and I were on the same wave length, I was a student at her feet and pounded the proverbial wooden table top to applaud her teaching and her gumption. And then it happened.
Translation nit picking.
Oh how I hate the translation nit picking. Why? Because it only feeds the fire of those men who want to keep women under their thumbs. Going on the offensive with thick skulls is admitting defeat. Let’s face it, if they read the book of Esther and think, nice story, it’s time to shake the dust from our shoes. If they read in the gospel that on resurrection morning our Savior had to tell a WOMAN to go and tell His brothers to meet Him…well then I don’t think translations will get through.
Now I understand we have to stand up and say enough is enough. We have to instill in our daughters that they are not less than a male they are equal, with equal gifts and equal responsibilities.
Any way back to page 89. The Author sites a story written by Don Richardson in 2010. It seems the translators of the King James Bible watered down a translation - the word “andrapodisters,” meaning slave trader to kidnappers. Slave traders were part of a list that were “among those whom God’s law reproves.” Now the story goes on to say that if the word “slave trader,” had really been placed in the Bible rather than “kidnappers,” perhaps all the suffering of the European slave trade and the American Civil War may have been thwarted.
Yeah, just like those very straight 10 commandments stopping the atrocities of the world. I particularly like the one about, adultery or false witness, and murder, that’s a good one too. God made it perfectly clear regarding His law. Jesus had to come and die for us anyway. So really, that is just plain and simple wishful thinking. It is really like believing that the US Civil War really wasn’t about slavery but about state’s rights.
Now the book is excellent past this point but unfortunately I was less trusting. So when the usual scriptures come about “women should remain silent in the church,” I start to cringe. Fine, women, be silent but all you Pastor, Prophets, Evangelists, Apostles, Teachers and Singers, if you remain silent then may the rocks truly rise up and sing praises to God. Women, Men, Young, Old, does not matter, if God touches start talking.
I know the frustration. I have friends (no really I have a few) who are liberated, speak in tongues and their husbands adore them. I have a few others who look at their husbands as if asking permission to speak – I want to SCREAM when that happens but screaming will only drive those women away from me. I tell you what, I have more women talking to me about submission than men. We are our own worst enemy.
Frankly when I’m accosted (and I do mean accosted) by fellow “Christians,” regarding my stand on women’s rights to teach and pastor I simply ask those accusing me of non-fundamental thinking if they can tell me how God directs their life? I believe my Savior washed the feet of His disciples. I believe when Peter refused to allow Him to wash his feet, thinking that as Lord of the Universe Jesus had no business washing dirty feet. I believe that Peter was a tough nut to crack but when Christ said then that he was not worthy of the Kingdom of God, then I believe that Peter said, then Lord, wash all of me. We all need to be washed and washed again with a little humility.
Thanks Ms Strickland for your book, it is truly needed and every woman in the world needs to read it. We need to be reminded who we are and our possibilities in Christ. Thank you again. ( )
  skwoodiwis | Oct 20, 2011 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Here's a book that belongs in every church/synagogue/mosque library and in the hands of any who believe that the Bible sanctions women being treated as second-class citizens. The author, a Salvation Army officer, explores some of the recent examples of female subjugation: prostitution, slavery, Sharia law, sweatshops, gender selection of fetuses, prohibitions about women's leadership roles in many churches, etc. Then she uses examples of New Testament passages showing how Jesus treated and empowered many of the women he met, as well as citing recent revelations about the historical context and more accurate translations of some of the Biblical passages that are still used today to "prove" that women must be submissive to men.
"The Liberating Truth" is very well-written, clear, concise, and well-documented. ( )
  HouseofPrayer | Sep 29, 2011 |
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