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Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World

by Carolyn Custis James

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In Malestrom: Manhood Swept into the Currents of a Changing World, Carolyn Custis James explores the western perspective on manhood, comparing it to a maelstrom where masculinity, patriarchy, power games are linked to violent conflicts in the world, homes and families, churches and politics. She changed maelstrom to malestrom to focus on the dark side of manhood. Is the Bible teaching patriarchy, ruling men over women, and bearing sons as life's goal? Carolyn Custis James goes all the way from Genesis 1 to the lives of Jesus Christ, Paul and Matthew to prove the contrary. Imago Dei, all humans (male and female) are image bearers of God. That was God's goal in creating us (Genesis 1, 2) before our downfall from Paradise. It's the higher goal Abraham was looking for. The author has many convincing examples from Abraham, Jacob, Judah, Dinah, Deborah, Jael, Ruth and Boaz in the Old Testament. We men are not inherently or irreversibly violent, relationally incompetent, emotionally constipated, and sexually compulsive. Men have lost sight of who God created them to be as human beings and as men. Widening the discussion beyond Bible study groups, churches up to a global level not only gives us greater respect for the complexities that men and boys are facing, it also means we cannot get away with simplistic solutions men everywhere can't count on that are ultimately hurtful. Malestrom is graceful, biblical founded, seeking answers while generating new questions as well. Questions for further discussion are provided in each chapter. Highly recommended for both female and male readers. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0310325579, Hardcover)

Malestrom builds on and expands previous books by Carolyn Custis James to explore the idea of manhood, a growing issue both in the wider culture and in the church. Until now, the entire discussion has been largely reduced to Western conceptions. Instead, James here shows how our culture’s narrow definitions of manhood are upended when we consider the examples of men in the Bible and Jesus’ gospel. Together, they show a whole new Kingdom way of being male and forging men and women into the Blessed Alliance.

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Malestrom builds on and expands previous books by Carolyn Custis James to explore the idea of manhood, a growing issue both in the wider culture and in the church. Until now, the entire discussion has been largely reduced to Western conceptions. Instead, James here shows how our culture's narrow definitions of manhood are upended when we consider the examples of men in the Bible and Jesus' gospel. Together, they show a whole new Kingdom way of being male and forging men and women into the Blessed Alliance.… (more)

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