I just finished reading Is The Bible Good For Women? by Wendy Alsup I really enjoyed the book and look forward to reading it again.. Should you read it? I’ll share some information and let you decide for yourself.

First, an excerpt from the back cover…

In this fascinating look at God’s work of redemption from Creation to today, Wendy Alsup explores questions such as:

* How does God view justice and equal rights for women?
* What does it mean to be made in the image of God?
* How have the centuries distorted our interpretation of how God views women?
* How did Jesus approach the Old Testament and how does that help us read difficult passages today?
* What is the difference between a modern view of feminism and the feminism that Scripture models?
* How does the Bible explain the Bible to us?

Second, my own “two cents” .. for what they are worth..

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Right off the bat, I was convicted as I read “file folders of stories” from the Bible. I had never really thought about the fact that when we, as Christians, categorize each book or story into a file folder for future reference we miss out on the connection between the stories. She followed up this information with an example – The Scarlet Thread – and how it moves throughout the Bible.

Alsup goes through the Bible pointing out women in the Bible and their stories. She talks about the instructions given to women and the laws regarding women, including the instruction regarding sexual ethics. She covers arranged marriages, and western values, as well as protection from abuse. I love how she goes from Old Testament to New Testament pulling scriptures that are often used by modern day feminists to sh gow how the Bible is bad for women, how it is degrading and demeaning towards women and shows how much respect and dignity women are actually given in the scriptures.

I wish I had flipped through the book before I started reading it. There are discussion questions for each chapter in the back of the book. I can’t wait to read it again, with the intention of answering the questions. There were a few points that I am not sure I agree with Alsup, but as they are mostly denominational differences (presbyterian vs baptist, etc. ) I am not addressing those in this review.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.