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God Speaks to Us, Too: Southern Baptist Women on Church, Home, and Society Hardcover


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  • Hardcover: 322 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (April 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081312476X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0813124766
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,567,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""If anyone ever thought Southern Baptist women were meek, mild, and uniformly submissive, this book assures them that they have another thing coming. Susan Shaw found that while some of the women she interviewed believed they should submit to their husbands in theory, most believed strongly in their ability and responsibility to think and act for themselves."--Susan Willhauck, Wesley Theological Seminary" -- Susan Willhauck



"Dr. Shaw presents a thought-provoking glimpse into the professional lives and personal thoughts of women who have "succeeded" in professions previously preserved only for men within Southern Baptist life. Paying attention to the internal as well as the external struggles of these professionals, she gives the reader a well-rounded analysis of the grit, determination and commitment of these women to following what they perceive as God's call on their lives, no matter what the consequences. Any person who is wrestling with questions about the role of women, professionally, within conservative, evangelical faith systems will find this book informative. For those women who are currently in the struggle for professional acceptance within conservative evangelicalism, Shaw's work will provide inspiration and encouragement. The struggle is worth the prize.--Rosalie Beck, Department of Religion, Baylor University" -- Rosalie Beck



""Shaw demonstrates to the reader how these women reconcile their personal attitudes with conservative doctrine and how they are influential players within their churches and families."--Tennesee Historical Commission" --



""This work serves as a spiritual balm, showing that there are many options available to women who have discovered how unlikely age-old patriarchy is to budge."--Christian Ethics Today" --



""God Speaks to Us, Too is not just a book for scholars, though it is an important contribution to the fields of women's- and religious studies. Compelling and accessible enough to be read by ordinary Southern Baptists as well, the book is likely to find a broad audience."--Journal of Baptist Studies" --



""This volume will be of greatest interest to women who, like those interviewed, are or have been active in Southern Baptist churches and ministries. The light, conversational style and graciously sympathetic interviewing will make the book attractive to public library or church library patrons. Recommended."--Choice" --



""Shaw offers an excellent perspective on the role gender has played in the reconstruction of Southern Baptist identity."--Journal of Church and State" --



"Shaw's combination of humor, self-reflexivity, extensive Baptist history, and attention to the unique aspects of southern culture that construct Southern Baptist women's identities makes God Speaks to Us, Too a solid read for anyone interested in women and religion."--Church History" --



""Susan Shaw has put together a rich new primary source of material revealing the minds, words, and experiences of 159 women who grew up Southern Baptist during the twentieth century."--Baptist History and Heritage" --



""Shaw's combination of humor, self-reflexivity, extensive Baptist history, and attention to the unique aspects of southern culture."--Church History" --



""The book's conversational style is reminiscent of a memoir rather than a dry academic tome. In eminently readable prose, Shaw effectively converys the ideas and opinions of a myriad of Southern Baptist women whose voices have too long been underrepresented in studeis of southern religion." -- The Journal of Southern Religion" --

About the Author

Susan M. Shaw is associate professor of women's studies at Oregon State University. She is the author or coauthor of several books, including Girls Rock! Fifty Years of Women Making Music.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carolyn W. Crumpler on May 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Susan Shaw has done a great job of presenting the attitudes of women who are/were part of
the Southern Baptist Convention. Her extensive use of direct quotes, her selection
of photographs, and her summary statements create for this particular group of
women a picture of what we have experienced. It is positive, and not a whining, "poor me"
kind of presentation. I'm grateful that it is available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth M. Ragusin on April 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This captivating book offers an insider's look at Southern Baptist women within southern culture. The theme of "soul competency" is thoughtfully explored through the eyes and experiences of many different women with a unifying result. "God Speaks to Us, Too" is both funny and provocative. The notion of being "raised right" is a humorous vein that runs throughout the book. From the "we speak in code" acronyms of WMU, RAs, GAs, BYPU, and others, to the carefully directed activities of coronation ceremonies and sword drills, this book is very funny indeed. And all is presented amidst the backdrop of the denomination's greatest crisis to date--the fundamentalist takeover of the convention in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This power struggle within the hierarchy, and the effect it had on the denomination and institutions of higher learning associated with it, directly influenced the lives of many different women. This is the continuing story of these women, their struggles, and their triumphs. This book will appeal to all women acquainted with the Southern Baptist tradition, and will enlighten those not familiar with this way of life. Well done, Susan Shaw!
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This is a great book that sadly reveals our actual experiences. All Southern Baptists need to read this book to enlighten those in power who need to change the status quo. God will hold SBC leadership accountable. Amen and Amen.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dee Miller on April 4, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is a "must read" for every person ever associated with the Southern Baptist Convention. Or for anyone supporting those who grieve the losses that gender discrimination has created for women who have lived the story.

Shaw speaks with authority, laced with immense sensitivity!

While no longer a Southern Baptist, despite two decades working for it's various mission boards, I was honored to be allowed to tell some of my story. As one of the older participants, the book raises many memories and emotions for me. Yet I feel connected to so many of the other women who have struggled painfully with the identity crisis and personal losses created by fearful men who have manipulated the system and scripture in order to preserve power and privilege.

I beg to differ with one of the original descriptions of this book: After hearing far too many stories of collusion with clergy sexual abuse and other forms of oppression in the SBC, I no longer respect the leaders; and long ago, I ceased to be influenced by them.

However, thanks to Susan Shaw, parts of our individual stories, as well as the very important collective story, will live on. It needs to be told so that the next generation--both male AND female--will realize that they have many options, as well as obligations for accountability, whether they choose to stay or to leave this "established church of the South."

Dee Ann Miller
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